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Muddled moves and a woeful window – how Swansea landed back in trouble

Glaring lack of creativity has lead to four Premier League defeats at the Liberty Stadium and serious questions over summer signings

It is rarely a good sign when players describe a game as “massive” and “must-win” at a time of the year when leaves are still falling from trees, but that has been the sort of rhetoric doing the rounds at Swansea City before Brighton & Hove Albion’s visit on Saturday. Outside the bottom three only on goal difference after four defeats from their past five league matches, Swansea are veering back into the kind of territory they hoped they had left behind towards the end of last season.

Not only last season, actually, but the one before that, too, which tells a story. Swansea, once recognised as the Premier League’s model club, have badly lost their way. The Swansea Way – tiki-taka football, shrewd recruitment, savvy decision-making and inner belief that every game is winnable – disappeared years ago, replaced by pragmatism on the pitch, some scattergun thinking off it, winters of discontent and now the threat of a third successive relegation battle.

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