Swansea’s new Welsh centre-back
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) July 17, 2017
When you look to your twitter for news of Gylfi committing his future to the club, or an exciting new top-level arrival at the Liberty, it can be underwhelming to see another signing being made for the Development Squad.
20 year-old Cian Harries joins from Coventry City, signing a three-year contract and heading straight into the under-23s to work with Cameron Toshack and Gary Richards. While it will not be the most important transfer deal of the summer, it is a sign of the club’s intention to poach the best youngsters from other club to develop together at youth level before hopefully pushing for first-team chances. Oli McBurnie is an example of how such an approach is starting to bear fruit, and Harries joins Kees De Boer, Arnor Gudjohnsen and Jayden Reid in signing up for the Swansea Development Squad.
Hopefully, this bunch of talented youngsters can develop together and lay the foundation for the Swansea side of the next decade or so. Failing that, hopefully they will generate some income in transfer funds, should they move on. It is an approach that could prove quite shrewd for Swansea City.
Several Gylfi replacements monitored
— Greg Johnson (@gregianjohnson) July 16, 2017
Swansea are keen on bringing in Jonathan Viera from Las Palmas as a possible replacement for Sigurdsson, should he leave to Everton. Viera is not the sole target however and Swansea are said to be keeping tabs on a range of players, from the continent and the Premier League alike.
Names that have been touted since Everton made their bid for Gylfi include the promising Hakim Ziyech of Ajax, Viera from Las Palmas, as well as the slightly more underwhelming option of Robert Snodgrass. Well, not every target is going to be a world-beater, I suppose…