2. Alfie Mawson
A transfer from Barnsley has been a blessing for youngster Alfie Mawson. The 23-year-old English defender is having a solid season so far. He has scored four goals so far, which is tied for second most among defenders in the league. His offensive contribution has been surprising to say the least, with Swansea happy to take all the goals they can get at this point in the year.
Mawson’s defensive contribution has been solid as well. He is sixth in the Premier League in blocks per game, limiting the work his keeper has to do. He has been a bit unlucky this year, scoring two own goals. This is tied for most in the league, oddly enough sharing the record with his teammate Jack Cork. These mistakes will happen, so it is nothing too alarming for a player of his age and experience level.
One player can only do so much, though. Swansea do have the worst defensive record in the Premier League, allowing 66 goals in just 31 games. Despite that, Mawson has been playing his role well. He has the potential to be a very solid defender, but will need the play time to grow and develop. Already making the jump from the lower leagues to the Premier League, Mawson will hope to stay in the top-tier should Swansea go down.