Belfast Telegraph

Alan Pardew effect at West Brom is a worry for Swansea boss Paul Clement

Paul Clement admits he is wary of the Alan Pardew factor as his struggling Swansea side prepare for a crucial relegation battle.

Pardew takes charge of West Brom for the second time since succeeding Tony Pulis last month and the stakes could not be much higher at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea slipped to the bottom of the Premier League last weekend, but a first victory in two months would see them cut the gap to 17th-placed West Brom to one point.

"Both teams really need the points and are looking for some form," Swansea head coach Clement said ahead of Saturday's game.

"I don't think it is a good situation playing against a team with a new manager.

"Saying that any new manager needs time to change ideas and put his stamp on the team.

"I am sure Alan will be working really hard with the players to get his ideas across in a short amount of time. How quickly can he do that?"

Pulis' stay at West Brom came to an end with Albion fans disenchanted over the style of play which many labelled as boring.

Pardew began with a goalless home draw against Crystal Palace last weekend, but Clement detected a more adventurous approach to Albion's play.

"You could see a couple of little changes in the Palace game with adjustments at the front of the team," Clement said.

"We'll see more of an attacking line-up than we did under the previous manager.

"They are very much in a similar situation to us.

"They are lacking confidence and goals but still have a lot of threats in the team.

"And with a new manager underneath that they could be very dangerous."

Swansea tried to prise Nacer Chadli away from West Brom in the summer when the Belgium international fell out with Pulis.

Chadli is currently injured and has made only two Premier League appearances this term, but Swansea could revive their interest in the 28-year-old winger during the January transfer window.

"I think he is the right profile, without talking specifically about him," Clement said.

"He is a multi-position player. He can score, he can assist, he is decent on set-pieces.

"But it might prove difficult with him now, he has got a new manager and a clean slate."

Clement has targeted the signing of forward players as his January priority and wa nts Swansea to move swiftly at the start of the window.

" We need to act on things quickly," he said.

"Otherwise it is another month and a half if it goes to the end of the window."


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