Swansea buy or avoid

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Written by @Bobstonian

Swansea were eliminated on Championship Sunday. Below is a list of players that the club should or should not pursue in the transfer window. I have included my thoughts under each player’s name. I have excluded Britton, Rangel, and Routledge based on their age. Britton, Rangel, Ki and Gorre are out of contract in the summer. I have also excluded the Ayew brothers as I do not believe they would join/rejoin the club after Andre’s sale in January.

BUY:

Fabianski

“There is only one Flappy Hand-ski” – Me. He saved the most penalties, and recorded the 2nd most saves in the league. Lack of attack was the reason behind Swansea’s demise, as they finished tied for the 11th best defensive record in the league. Fabianski was a big reason more shots didn’t find their way into the back of the net. His wages are reasonable, and this calibre of keeper should be playing in the top division.

Either Mawson or van der Horn

No one can argue that our defence was any better than Swansea’s, and these center-halves performed admirably in a losing campaign. Mawson played every minute this season, but just underwent knee surgery. He represents somewhat of a riskier option here.  The club should wait to see how he recovers from his recent operation. Mawson is the better in the air. Van der Horn averaged more successful tackles per game, and Mawson has the reputation of a relatively poor tackler. If available, van der Horn could be a cheap addition to the back line. He is versatile enough to play on the right side of defense.

Narsingh

I consider him a cheap reclamation project. He is a Dutch champion, and a threat on the right side. He produced numerous goals and assists in the Eredivisie, and has scored goals in both European club competitions. I hope the club at least consider enquiring about him.

AVOID:

Bony

Bony’s best days are behind him. Unfortunately, he has not been the same goal threat since leaving Swansea the first time around. He is one of the most expensive players on the squad, and is approaching 30 years of age.

Fernandes

Fernandes completed a higher percentage of his passes than Mawson and van der Horn. However, for his size (180cm) he loses too many aerial duals. He is older, and receives a higher wage than the other two center-halves that I want the club to consider.

Ki

I went back and forth on Ki while writing this article. He will be leaving the club in the Summer on a free, and plays in a position of need for the club. When he is healthy, his manager usually selects him. However, except for a successful run of games in February/March he was kept off the scoresheet completely. His stats at Celtic are far superior to his record in the Premier League.

Clucas

The left-side of the field is already congested, and Swansea paid an outrageous fee for this player last summer.

Naughton

Similar to Craig Dawson, he represents a cheap alternative and plays in a position of need for the club. However, just like Dawson, I question his ability to play farther outsides as a wingback.

Carroll

He is cheap, relatively young and English, but he is more of a box-to-box midfielder. I do not rate him highly.

Fer

Suffered an Achilles injury in the middle of the season. He is 28, and has already been relegated from the premier league three times.

Olsson

He is a versatile defender and Swedish International, but he would be a surplus if Masuaku and Creswell were to stay at the club.

Dyer

No goals in 20 apps. Stay away.

I do not want the club to pursue any midfielders from the Swans. There are some options in the back for the club to consider, and there is always a chance that Narsingh pans out on the right wing if given a chance.

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