Former Swansea City captain Ashley Williams has made a £12m move to Everton, thus ending a long association with the Welsh club. It would have been a sad goodbye with the player experiencing all the lows and the unprecedented highs with the Swans. While supporters have criticised the club for the transfer, the club have shown courage in selling one of their most important players. But Francesco Guidolin will now look to add a defender or look at someone from inside the club to step up and prove his worth at this time of need. Swansea head into one of the most difficult seasons of the Premier League in recent memory and will look to have all their bases covered after losing a couple of their important players.
We look at 3 options Guidolin can look to resolve the centre-back issue.
The Burnley youngster has been the subject of interest of a number of clubs and it is understood he is willing to move to a different club after sensing a difficult season ahead for the Clarets. Burnley have been near dormant in the transfer window and it is feared staying up will prove a task too difficult for Sean Dyche’s men this season. He is certainly an unfinished product but his physique and presence at both ends of the pitch will be something Swansea can do with. It will be the start of a news story and Swansea have cash to spare from their recent sales.
The Manchester City man has been inexplicably not used by the Sky Blues. He has shown immense potential during his loan moves at Celtic and Galatasaray and is an established Belgium international.
His versatile nature makes him an asset as he can play at right-back aswell as a centre-back. He has pace and power and is adept going forward. The player will like to remain in England and show people his potential which has been often overlooked by his peers.
MIKE VAN DER HOORN
The Dutch defender has been bought by Swansea in this window for an undisclosed fee. The former Ajax man will be excited to show his ability on the biggest stage but without a guiding force as Ashley Williams might find it difficult to start off with. He failed to nail down a starting role at Ajax but many believe the physical nature of the Premier League will suit him better. He has been previously used as an unconventional option when the team goes in search of goals in the closing stages thus highlighting his attacking potential.