The Daily Swan – 29th June

Welcome to your daily update on Swansea City. Here is a short summary of yesterday’s news. 

Bafetimbi Gone-mis

It’s been a long time coming, but the Summer transfer window is just beginning to come to life, if very slowly and steadily. While most eyes are trained on the incoming targets, Swansea’s first significant move of this transfer window came in two Outs.

First the Frenchman that seemed eternally weighed down on and off the pitch, Franck Tabanou, was released by “mutual consent”. I imagine he didn’t have too much choice in the matter, if I’m honest.

Secondly, and infinitely more significantly in terms of next year’s squad, Bafetimbi Gomis has finally secured a permanent move away from the Swans. Moving to Galatasaray, Gomis will hopefully recover his admittedly impressive form in Ligue 1.

This was a move that had long been coming, and it is a relief to see the Frenchman moving on permanently. He was never going to threaten Fernando Llorente up top, and with (whisper it) Tammy Abraham allegedly incoming, there was not much chance of him being a first-team player.

Leon stays

Sometimes the most important news of a transfer window is not about a transfer. Signing an improved one-year contract with an optional extension and a guaranteed coaching role, this is a move that will please even the most pessimistic Swans fan.

Securing Leon’s place for the future both on and off the field is not just a sound footballing decision. It is the sort of decision that will restore the faith of the fans most pained by the last few years of relative crisis and instability. Arguably Swansea’s most iconic player, Britton has been pushed to the fringes of the squad in recent seasons, but now has his deserved place at the heart of this club once more.

Mawson getting all the headlines

England’s under-21 side may have recently fallen short of glory at the European Championships, but there were encouraging signs for Engand and Swansea fans alike.

Several players shined, but none more so than Swansea’s Alfie Mawson. Mawson not only scored a vital goal in their group match against Slovakia, but has repeatedly appeared for press conferences, speaking eloquently, and is showing signs of great leadership within the squad.

Mawson is gaining attention for his abilities both on and off the pitch, and with every new day is looking more and more like a future England center-back. Whether he will be a Swansea player come September is another question, a question that every Swans fan will hope is answered with a resounding ‘yes’.

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