Swansea City: Head coach Paul Clement says it is too early for relegation talk

Paul Clement
Paul Clement was appointed Swansea City manager in January 2017

Head coach Paul Clement says it is too early to suggest Swansea City are already in a relegation battle this season despite winning once in their opening seven Premier League games.

The Swans have five points, one more than this stage last season where they were involved in a fight to stay in the top flight for much of the campaign.

Clement's side have not won at home this term but he is confident they can turn the corner.

"It's much too early," he said.

"When I first arrived at the club they were writing us off.

"When there was five games to go, it was between us and Hull and you see the media and the pundits saying Swansea are down, Hull are going to stay up.

"It made no difference to us as we knew what we had to do and we know what we have to do now.

"A couple of results, a win and a draw or back to back wins and everything looks totally different."

Swansea are set to be missing Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches for Saturday's visit by Huddersfield after he picked up a thigh injury in training whilst on international duty.

Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony is only rated as 50-50 to start having been substituted at half-time during the Swans' previous match against West Ham with a hamstring concern.

Winger Nathan Dyer is fit and available after recovering from Achilles surgery.

Renato Sanches
Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches is at Swansea on a season-long loan

Home comforts

The Swans have never lost their first four home league games of a season in their history and Clement is keen to improve their results in front of their own fans after three defeats so far.

"Our form and results at home have been disappointing," he added.

"We're all in agreement we need to start playing better, particularly at home.

"We lost by a goal to Watford, the loss against Newcastle was by one goal and the fact we've not played particularly well but the margins have been tight.

"That's a sign we have to look at positively. If we can turn the corner and start performing better, the results will follow.

"When you look back to last season both when I came to the club and the end of last season, we made the Liberty a difficult place for other teams to come and took some fantastic results.

"It's strange why it's gone the other way this season.

"When myself and the players start putting it all together, that's when the results will come."

Paul Clement
Swansea City boss Paul Clement was assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea

Friends reunited with Ancelotti

Clement was appointed at Swansea in January, leaving his role as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Bayern Munich.

The Italian has since been sacked and the Swans boss has revealed the Italian will be making a trip to Wales to see him.

"He said he will," Clement added. "Though I don't know when that will be.

"I'll look forward to having him here and spending some time with him at the training ground and him watching us play."

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