All the latest Swansea City news including Gylfi Sigurdsson out-performing Chelsea star Fabregas (statistically-speaking), Wilfried Bony and Joe Allen.
Swansea City playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson may lag behind Chelsea's creative force Francesc Fabregas in terms of international pedigree but he is catching up when it comes to statistical analysis.
Fabregas is superior to Sigurdsson in a number of areas, such as total amount of passes per game, number of forward passes per match and entries into the final third and also the penalty area.
However, the Swansea City man is only marginally inferior to the Chelsea stalwart when it comes to precision in the pass, has been dispossessed of the football on fewer occasions, is responsible for more cute "flick on" passes (like glancing headers) and has returned the same amount of assists - four from three Premier League matches to date.
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An Iceland international, Sigurdsson, 24, represented Swansea City on loan in 2012 but joined Tottenham Hotspur on a permanent basis after transferring from Hoffenheim in the same year. Earlier in the summer, though, the prodigal son returned - and he is pleased with his decision.
He said: “I’m really enjoying it. "You’ve got Jonjo [Shelvey] and Ki [Sung-yueng] behind me who are passing the ball really well and are easy to link up with. The two wingers are playing well and so is [Wilfried] Bony up front. It’s very good."
It's so good, that Swansea have registered three wins on the spin - one of only two clubs to do so in the division - and so only trail Chelsea by way of goal difference.
Sigurdsson continued: "The way Swansea play football is fantastic, and I think we’ve shown that. I think we’ve shown in the last few games that we play fantastic football, but the most important thing is not to get carried away. We need to get as many points as we can in the next few games and that’s our aim."
Intriguingly, Swansea's next match is a battle to determine who commands the spot at the top - as the Welsh club face West Londoners Chelsea.
"I don’t think anyone expected us to have nine points from the first three games. We can go there and enjoy it, play our football and see what happens. We’ll play our normal game, set the team up and play like the manager wants us to.
"Hopefully we can get another clean sheet, that would be really good for us because with the players we’ve got, we know we’re always going to score goals. But if you look at their squad, it’s very strong with some fantastic individual players.
"They’ve brought a couple of players in who are world class, so I’m sure they’ll be right up there this season," he concluded.
Elsewhere, manager Garry Monk must be delighted in retaining the services of key striker Wilfried Bony, who was a coveted player throughout the summer market.
Monk said: "'Wilf' commits very well; he is focused on what we want to do. If he was coming in and wandering about disillusioned, we would have a problem. But he does not do that. He comes in, commits and is at one with the group. That is all I can ask for.
"Wilf has not scored yet but his contribution in terms of hold-up play, winning the ball, bringing others into the game and fighting for the team can be bigger than a goal sometimes."
And finally, former midfielder Joe Allen is "unsurprised" about the club's storming start to the 2014-15 Premier League season - and the Liverpool recruit credits Monk.
"I'm not surprised. Swansea are going into their fourth year in the Premier League and you feel that they're an established team there now.
"I know Garry Monk really well. I was excited that he got a chance to be the manager and I think he's showing people why he was given the job."