Hello everyone and welcome to my latest blog post, where I analyse the latest UEFA Europa League qualifying matches which took place on Thursday evening, with English side Swansea City in 3rd round action against Swedish team Malmo.
Also, I will review all of the latest transfer news and rumours in England, with some new done deals occuring since I last published...
Tottenham Hotspur (automatically entered due to 5th place finish) - Play-Off Stage
Wigan Athletic (automatically entered due to FA Cup win) - Group Stage
Swansea (automatically entered due to League Cup win) - 3rd Qualifying Round
Swansea 4 Malmo 0 - 1st Leg
Very comfortable 4-0 win for Swansea at The Liberty Stadium, with the Welsh side proving why they deserve to be in European competition.
£12million pound signing and Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony scored a double on his competitive debut for the club, as he impressed quickly for his new side.
Spanish striker Michu broke the deadlock in the 37th minute for the hosts after a lovely over-the-top cross by winger Wayne Routledge found him in space just outside the box to cooly slot the ball past the goalkeeper into the far corner of the net.
|Guess who's back: Michu scores his first (of many?) competitive goal of the 2013-14 season with a curled finish.|
|Trademark celebration: Michu celebrates his strike against Malmo to break the deadlock for Swansea at home.|
Routledge made his second assist of the game soon after the start of the second half in the 54th minute, after a good cross into the box fell straight to the head of debutant Bony who headed the ball across goal into the top corner of the net to double the lead for the hosts and score on his Swansea debut.
|Towering tall: Wilfried Bony gets into space to head home Routledge's cross into the net to make it 2-0.|
|Debut double: Bony celebrates his first of two on his competitive Swansea debut.|
In the 85th minute, The Swans put the icing on the cake after a good aerial ball found new Spanish startlet Alejandro Pozuelo just outside the box. He chested the ball to control it before volleying it straight into the net with ease to complete the rout and score on his competitive debut.
|Spanish startlet: Alejandro Pozuelo celebrates completing the rout with a powerful volley to make it 4-0.|
I can just tell the Michu-Bony partnership is bound to be deadly this season, they already have a good understanding and assist each other as much as possible.
The Swans could easily qualify for Europe next season, as long as they are consistent throughout and do not get many injuries to jeopardize their squad depth which will be needed if they are to progress in the Europa League.
Meanwhile, Spurs have also reportedly broken their own club transfer record fee by confirming the signing of Valencia striker Roberto Soldado for around £26million pounds.