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— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) July 6, 2017
The day has arrived after around two weeks of waiting; Roque Mesa has been officially announced as Swansea’s second signing of the summer. The midfielder, who comes from Spain with glowing endorsements from those who’ve watched him play, has joined Swansea for £11m on a four-year deal.
Admittedly, I would not have professed to know anything about him before our pursuit of him, but all the signs are positive that we are signing a really good player. He has been likened to Xavi in terms of his role in midfield, and despite low numbers on statistics like assists or chances created he is known for dictating the tempo, and orchestrating moves from a deeper position. Sound like anyone we know?
Also, transfer reveals are the new Harlem Shake, but I think Swansea’s effort to reveal Mesa is quite cool. Opinions on a postcard, please.
Amat all but confirmed
— Jordi Amat Maas (@JordiAmat5) July 6, 2017
In yesterday’s Daily Swan, I mentioned that Jordi Amat was rumoured to be joining Real Betis on loan for the season. That rumour has been effectively rubber-stamped, with Amat seen arriving in Seville to great adulation from Betis fans.
While there has been no formal announcement from either club just yet, I think we can all agree that this one is pretty much done. In fact, Amat has himself tweeted the video of arriving in Seville, saying he’s ready to sign. So, yeah, probably done.
Dyer straight out the door?
— Football League (@_EFLTransfers_) July 6, 2017
With all this transfer activity going on, it’s starting to feel all too optimistic isn’t it? Well, here’s another one. Nathan Dyer is apparently the subject of interest from old manager Garry Monk at Middlesbrough. While Dyer is something of a club legend, it has been a while since he was considered first-choice for Swansea. He is a good player, but not necessarily good enough to be part of the team moving forward. It is encouraging then, that he has a viable option to leave, be a key player somewhere else and enjoy the football he deserves.
The only question is where that leaves Swansea in terms of wingers. Without Nathan Dyer there would be: Routledge, Montero, Barrow, Ayew, Narsingh. While there is no real standout quality option there, there is sufficient depth to let Nathan Dyer leave.
It seems like another solid move in this summer window by Swansea, and if you ask me, this is all looking rather too encouraging.