9 Players Who Have Fallen Victim to the 'Swansea Curse' After Leaving South Wales for Bigger Teams

The 'Swansea curse' is a phrase that has been thrown around a lot in recent years. Players leave the club and seem to throw their careers off the Severn Bridge as they leave Wales. The Swans are a feeder club, no doubt about it. But they're cooking up some poison in South Wales, and filling the mouths of the mega rich teams with false promises, handing players that thrive in South Wales, but then dwindle elsewhere. Now Gylfi Sigurdsson is looking to break that trend with his £45m move to...

Darren Pratley

The one that set everything in motion. We all remember that half way line effort that ensured the Swans made it to the Play-off final in 2011, don't we? Well it turns out Pratley got a bit too big for his boots.

The club was at fault for letting his contract run to it's end but most expected him to re-sign. He did not do that. Instead, Pratley chose to move to an established Premier League club rather than stick with the new boys. His move to Bolton proved hilarious from a Swansea point of view.

He spent one season in the top flight, scoring one goal and registering four assists. Ever since, he's been doomed to the Championship - apart from last season, which was spent in League One. Fool.

Dorus de Vries

The same scenario as Pratley - a rejected contract in the summer of 2011. Again, much like Pratley, de Vries chose an 'established' Premier League side in Wolverhampton Wanderers. They too got relegated the following season.

He spent one year in the Championship with Wolves before moving to Nottingham Forest. 2016 saw de Vries join Brendan Rodgers at Celtic, and he's played a mere six times since. Also a fool.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Oh yes, you'd have thought Gylfi had learnt from his mistakes. After an immaculate loan spell with the Swans in the 2011/12 season, it all seemed as though the Icelandic playmaker would join on a permanent basis. 

However, it wasn't to be. Brendan Rodgers' move to Liverpool changed Gylfi's mind, and he instead opted to join Tottenham. In two seasons at White Hart Lane, Sigurdsson endured a bit-part role at the club, often being deployed out wide.

That was until the Swans saved him and resurrected his career. Now he's gone again - oh the deception.

Joe Allen

This was a tough one to take. Arguably the most heartbreaking. Local lad Joe Allen decided to follow Rodgers to Merseyside in the summer of 2012, and after being dubbed the Welsh Xavi by his manager, Allen quickly turned into a walking meme.

Ridiculed all over social media for his displays in a Reds shirt, the central midfielder attempted to ignite his inner Jesus by letting his hair grow out and creating a questionably bushy beard.

He then moved to Stoke last summer. Case closed.

Scott Sinclair

Tell a lie, this one hurt the most. Sinclair chose fortune over football in 2012, and decided that earning double his money whilst sitting on the bench was good for his career.

He was quickly proven wrong after getting fed up and taking loan spells at Aston Villa and West Brom.

There is a happy ending to this one, though. Sinclair managed to bring back some of his earlier form when he made the switch to Celtic - and has actually become a hit in Scotland. But the curse still counts, just about.

Michel Vorm

Another who chose the financial side of football. Vorm sold his soul to Spurs.

In a deal worth around £10m, the Dutchman opted to sit on the bench at Tottenham rather than stay as number one at the Swans.

He's accumulated ten Premier League appearances in a Spurs shirt. Ten. In three entire seasons. The curse.

Wilfried Bony

'Come on Wilfried Bony! Score some goals for Swansea.' - The vine of the Ivorian singing his own Swans chant that circulated Twitter viciously after his departure. The same song that gave Swansea fans nightmares for months after. He left Swansea with Bafetimbi Gomis as the main striker. Having said that, the £28m received eased things a little.

Bony went to City, where he scored six goals in 36 games before a loan spell to Stoke last season, where he only managed to find the net twice since January.

Now he's linked with a move back to SA1 for £13m. Such good business from the South Wales side - and the fans could sing his name once again.

Andre Ayew

You could understand Ayew's desire to leave the Swans. A few years away from his peak after playing a massive role in the club's relegation battle. Jump out of the sinking ship, right? Well he did. And it was a big jump that he didn't land very well - managing a thigh injury that kept him sidelined for four months.

A year later and Ayew is still at West Ham, but the fans aren't impressed and after signing Marko Arnautovic this summer, Ayew seems to keep dropping down the pecking order at the London Stadium.

Ashley Williams

Words for this man don't say enough. Last summer the Swans cashed in on their legendary centre-back who took them all the way through the football league and it's still strange not having him around.

But Ashley Williams' time since his move to Everton has been rocky. He's by no means a fan favourite, and last season's famous red card against Manchester United - followed by an argument with Romelu Lukaku on the pitch caused his stock amongst the Everton faithful to plummet.

It only got worse when he returned to the Liberty. After being booed all game long by the home crowd, Williams decided to pick a fight with the much loved Fernando Llorente - which escalated the abuse. "You're just a Sh*t Alfie Mawson" rang out around the stadium as the Swans triumphed 1-0 in arguably their most crucial game of the season.

Now at 32-years-old, he's past his best, and Williams will continue his descent with fans that dislike him, rather than those that cherished and adored the Wales captain in South Wales.

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