Losing Bony, Ayew and co. led to Swansea City relegation, says Carvalhal

The Swans failed to survive the drop last term and the former boss has lifted the lid on the reasons behind the disappointment

Carlos Carvalhal has stated that Swansea City relegated from the Premier League last season because the club lost Jordan Ayew, Wilfried Bony and other key players of the team.

The Swans only managed 33 points in 38 games which was not enough to keep them from dropping to the Championship after finishing in the 18th spot in the log.

Bony endured a difficult campaign last term as a result of a lingering knee injury which limited his playing time and managed to feature only in 15 league games, scoring twice.

After he was sent off against Huddersfield Town, Ayew was subsequently banned for three games which affected the Swans’ survival fight last term.

Reflecting on the disappointing 2017-18 season, the Portuguese tactician revealed the factors that contributed to Swansea’s relegation.

“In the first or second week you lose three players very important to us; Leroy Fer and Renato Sanches. They were both starters and our preference in the middle in that moment and we lost both those players. We also lost Wilfried Bony through injury, “Carvalhal told Goals on Sunday as per Skysports.

"We lost Ayew. A red card against Huddersfield. We lose him in that game and after that he was out for three games.

“He was a very important player to us because he is the one who keeps the ball in the attack, keeps the ball and drives the ball and wait for the midfielder to go to attack.

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"We lost not just midfielders, not just Bony but also Ayew in a very important period.

"The team, although set out to play the same, instinctively did not attack the same way because we did not have the same players to attack the same way. The style changed but not because we wanted that change."

Ayew has since left to Crystal Palace in search of top-flight football while Bony, yet to be fully fit, is fighting for his future at the club.