In what has been the bleakest January switch window in Swansea’s Premier League historical past, we discover ourselves previous the halfway level within the month – with out even a sniff of a brand new signing.
Essentially the most pleasure that the hearsay mill has been in a position to present for Swans followers was the tenuous hyperlink with Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks – a participant which the membership would refuse to pay any increased than £2m for.
Facet be aware: the Swans obtained a mixed £60m in the summertime for Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente which has apparently been misplaced or one thing.
That was, nevertheless, till this week. Within the house of 24 hours, Carlos Carvalhal has gone from having no info on new signings, to the membership being linked with three gamers that would price in extra of £75m.
One such participant in Nicolas Gaitan (£15m), can be a vastly welcomed addition to the squad, with no recognised attacking midfielder sat inside Swansea’s ranks. However his signing appears unlikely to say the least, with Everton – a membership with far more monetary energy, extra promise, and never all-time low of the Premier league desk – additionally .
The opposite two gamers are simply downright ridiculous, for a lot of causes.
Kevin Gameiro and Andre Silva – two strikers who might properly profit from a transfer away from their present membership. And on the face of it, a transfer to Swansea would not be too foolish – a Premier League membership that might assure sport time forward of the World Cup, what might go improper?
Swansea have reportedly already been rejected by Gameiro – the striker searching for a high six membership, and Atletico Madrid not being all too bothered about promoting him on this window. The deal is not useless, however unlikely.
In the meantime there isn’t any phrase on Silva in the intervening time, besides that bookmakers have made the Swans 7/1 favourites to get his signature this month. And, in honesty, that is most likely as a result of he is endured a torrid time in Milan this season, and he shares the identical nationality with Carlos Carvalhal.
However, let’s faux that is concrete, and both one of many signings is nailed on to occur (ideally Silva purely as a result of he is eight years the junior of Gaitan and solely £10m dearer).
Swansea, on this state of affairs, have spent £35m on a striker, having introduced in Wilfried Bony and Tammy Abraham in the course of the summer time, with a £15m Borja Baston on mortgage at Malaga and the promising Oli McBurnie starting to appear like he might reduce it within the Premier league.
That is 5 strikers. 5 – with out together with Jordan Ayew as a result of he is far more versatile.
Bear that in thoughts, after which do not forget that if the membership does not signal Gaitan (or every other playmaker), that is 5 strikers which can be getting no service in matches. It is really bonkers.
Okay, yeah, signing one other striker will excite followers, and spending all that cash is glamorous, and the house owners really want to do one thing to impress the followers proper now – however solely signing a ahead dooms the membership to relegation, certainly.
If the membership are keen to spend £35m on one participant, then certainly that participant must be Jonathan Viera. The Spaniard has baggage of high quality after which some, and could possibly be the lacking piece that’s desperately wanted in South Wales.
Proper now, Swansea followers would accept anybody – however a striker is just not wanted; full backs and attacking midfielders are.
With that stated, ought to Swansea signal Gaitan, or Viera, or a playmaker able to making a distinction: firstly, the season might properly be saved – Bony and Abraham are greater than able to doing the enterprise. However secondly, signing Silva on high of that provides the membership a speedy attacker (who can play out extensive as properly) who is simply 22-years-old, and has been tipped for greatness.
Now that Liverpool have ended Man Metropolis’s unbeaten streak will the Residents be capable to go the remainder of the EPL season unbeaten?
Sure – They’re going to regroup and will not endure one other loss
No – Not after everybody is aware of they are not invincible
In immediately’s market, £35m might properly be a snip. Long run, Silva can be a unbelievable piece of enterprise, however within the instant future, Carvalhal wants a participant that may make objectives, not rating them.