Thursday 22 March 2018

Monk confident more Swansea players will hit goal trail soon

Only Andre Ayew, left, and Bafetimbi Gomis, right, have scored for Swansea in the Premier League this season
Only Andre Ayew, left, and Bafetimbi Gomis, right, have scored for Swansea in the Premier League this season

Garry Monk insists goals will be shared around his Swansea side as they seek to end a barren scoring run at Southampton on Saturday.

Swansea have failed to score in their last three games, against Watford and Everton in the Barclays Premier League and at Hull in their midweek Capital One Cup defeat following a promising start in which they took eight points from their first four league matches.

Bafetimbi Gomis (four) and Andre Ayew (three) are the only two Swansea players to have scored in the league this season but manager Monk remains confident that other players will soon be hitting the goal trail.

"I'm sure you'll see a lot more scorers as the season goes on," Monk said.

"I think the same was said about Gylfi (Sigurdsson) and (Wilfried) Bony here last season but a team contributes to goals, not just one player.

"You would love everyone to score but it doesn't really matter as long as the team are scoring and we're in a position to win games.

"Of course, we work on things for other people to contribute but to be able to score a goal you need the team to play the right way.

"You've got to get the ball in those positions for others to score and that's very much a team contribution.

"We've been doing that fantastically well this season and we're only going to get better looking at the players in training."

Monk's philosophical approach to Swansea going 294 minutes without scoring may be explained by statistics suggesting they have not had the rub of green in front of goal.

Of Swansea's 85 attempts on goal 35 have been on target, the highest percentage in the Premier League. They have also hit the woodwork four times, the most in the top flight.

But Iceland international Sigurdsson, who finished third on the Premier League assists table last season with 10, has only one assist so far this term and has yet to open his goal account from seven games.

"Gylfi hasn't contributed those things as much as he would like but he's still making a big contribution to the team," Monk said.

"His work ethic, his discipline with and without the ball and his link-up play are very good and he's not in the team to score goals.

"If he can do that great, but the real product of his game is getting in positions to assist.

"I've spoken to him about that but the team is attacking with more variation this season.

"Last season, especially early on, we attacked more through Gylfi and Bony. But we've spread it out a little bit more this year as we have more quality through the squad and more ways to attack."

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