Swansea City now my team, says manager Garry Monk

Garry Monk
Garry Monk played under Roberto Martinez at Swansea, having joined them in 2004 under Kenny Jackett

Swansea City manager Garry Monk says his side is now a team in his own image after a year in the job.

Monk signed four players during the January transfer window, though admits he had hoped to add more fresh faces to his squad.

But having rebuilt his squad in the last two windows, Monk believes he has left his mark on the current side.

"Yes, of course it is [my team]. We're not quite there, we're not the finished article by any means," he said.

"We still need to add quality to the quality we've already got and improve the squad, but that's a process that takes time."

Swansea's overall record under Garry Monk
Played: 45Won: 17 Drawn: 10Lost: 18

Monk succeeded Michael Laudrup in February 2014 and has amassed an impressive 51 points from his 37 Premier League games in charge.

The Swans' squad underwent a major overhaul last summer, with a number of players coming and going.

And Swansea were amongst the busiest clubs during the January transfer window, recruiting Jack Cork,Kyle Naughton and Matt Grimes, plus taking Nelson Oliveira on loan from Benfica.

They also saw star striker Wilfried Bony leave for title contenders Manchester City in the biggest deal of the January, 2015 transfer window, which brought a minimum £25m to the club with the possibility of an additional £3m to come.

That was a club record sale for Monk's side, who host Sunderland on Saturday, are currently ninth in the Premier League table.

"In terms of what we've been doing this season, we're still a work in progress but the transition has been a lot better than people could've thought and the players have been fantastic," he added.

Swansea's Premier League record under Garry Monk
Played: 37Won: 14Drawn: 9Lost: 14

"There will always be players coming and going... but hopefully the transition will be a little bit less than what we had in the summer when 12 players left. That's a high turnover.

"Hopefully it won't be as high a turnover in future windows."

Swansea currently have 33 points, 10 ahead of Sunderland and seven short of the 40-point mark many consider to be the total which guarantees Premier League safety - though Monk is setting his sights higher than mere survival.

"We've got a very important month of games coming up and it's coming to the point in the season where everyone's starting to fight for their own reasons," he said.

"Points become a lot harder to get because the top end are fighting for those and [for] the ones in the relegation battle it becomes a matter of life and death.

"Our intensity and focus has to be as high as it ever has been. Let's try and get to the 40 points as soon as possible and then we'll sit down as a group, reassess and see where we go from there."

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