With very little to talk about in terms of news updates for yesterday, The Daily Swan takes a look at the transfer window priorities for Swansea City in the coming month or so.
Where to strengthen next?
At the outset of this summer, Paul Clement stated that there was no need for a huge overhaul of the squad. He believed that the core of the squad was reliable and worthy of remaining at the club, and he was looking at bringing in a few players to compliment what already existed.
With the additions of Roque Mesa and Tammy Abraham, Swansea appeared to be showing a return to the deft touch with transfers that they had previously displayed a few seasons ago. Mesa and Abraham were quality additions that would fit straight into the reckoning for the first-team without costing huge sums of money. While the decision to bring in a back-up to the back-up goalkeeper will be eventually shown to be shrewd or a disaster, this summer seemed to be starting very positively. Add to that the removal of lesser squad players – Gomis, Tabanou, Borja and Amat spring to mind – and all seemed to be going swimmingly.
The next question that faces the Swansea transfer team is how they should strengthen the squad further. A lot naturally depends on which players elect to leave the club this summer. Should Gylfi Sigurdsson finally make his move to a Premier League rival, Swansea will be on the hunt for a creative attacking midfielder to be the spark for their attacking play. Equally, if Fernando Llorente is tempted to play a squad role at a more prestigious club, Swansea will be on the hunt for another striker.
If we assume for a moment that no first team players move on before September, what would be the key areas that require strengthening?
Goalkeeper is one area where Swansea are well-stocked with three ‘keepers vying for one spot. Left-back sees Stephen Kingsley as understudy to the impressive newer recruit Martin Olsson, while Britton, Mesa and Carroll will compete for the two spots at the base of midfield. Should Llorente stay, he will start as first-choice striker with Tammy Abraham looking to challenge for his position and McBurnie operating as a third option.
In quite a few positions across the pitch, Swansea seem one, maybe two players light. At centre-back, Alfie Mawson will be one starter and while Federico Fernandez grew in confidence towards the end of the season, he seems only a few games away from a drought of form. If Swansea could add an experienced central defender to help support Mawson and take the pressure off Fernandez, they would feel a lot more comfortable. Similarly at right-back, Kyle Naughton tends to have just as many purple patches as dry spells. With Rangel aging, Swansea would benefit from another option at right-back.
Even with Gylfi Sigurdsson at the club, Swansea have long been short of a central attacking midfielder, relying on the Icelandic start to stay fit and in form. One attacking midfielder would be a must, while a second should follow if Sigurdsson makes his big money move.
Finally, Swansea require a fresh wing option, with all of their current wide players struggling to nail down a consistent spot in the team. The move to a diamond at the end of last season reflected a lack of trust by Paul Clement in these players, and you would assume he is looking to strengthen on the wing.
So, a centre-back, a right-back, a creative midfielder or two and at least one winger. Time will tell, but Swansea seemingly still have much work left to do this summer.