Scouting report: Swansea

We take a closer look at our visitors to Stamford Bridge ahead of these evening's clash...

Manager

Paul Clement. A well known face to us at Stamford Bridge, after spending time working in our academy, as a reserve coach and then as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti. The former Derby boss has also worked with Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, before departing the German side to take over at Swansea last term. He successfully guided the Swans away from danger and will be hoping for a repeat this campaign.  

Key player

Alfie Mawson. The centre-back has developed into a real key player at the heart of the Swans defence, helping Paul Clement’s side keep five clean sheets in his 13 Premier League appearances. The former Barnsley defender has also netted one goal this term and is a real handful in both boxes. He has international experience with the England U21 side and was part of Aidy Boothroyd’s side that reached the semi-finals of the European Championships earlier this summer.  

Recent form

The Swans haven’t recorded a victory in the Premier League since October 14, when they defeated Huddersfield Town 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium, and are currently sat in 19th place in the table, just a point above rock-bottom Crystal Palace. Paul Clement’s side haven’t scored in their past three games – drawing one and losing two – and their chances won’t be helped by the fact striker Tammy Abraham isn’t available to face us, due to the terms of the loan deal we struck with Swansea. 

One to watch

Renato Sanches. The Portugese midfielder, who was part of the successful Euro 2016 squad, arrived in south Wales on transfer deadline day, penning a season-long loan with the Swans. The Bayern Munich man knows manager Paul Clement well from his time at Allienz Arena and the Swansea boss used his contacts well to make the impressive acquisition. Such was his impact on the professional game with Benfica, he was named as European ‘Golden Boy’ in 2016.

Worn both badges

Frank Lampard. Our record goalscorer took in a brief loan spell with the Swans whilst a youngster at West Ham, spending a month at Vetch Field when Swansea where then in the second division (League One now). He netted one goal in nine appearances for the south Wales side before returning to West Ham and establishing himself in their first-team. Frank joined us in 2001 and went on to lift the Premier League, the Champions League, the Europa League, the FA Cup and the League Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge.