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T4O Transfer Window Review: How Did Swansea City Fare In The Summer Transfer Window?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

The Premier League has been busy for almost two months now with clubs around the league trying hard to strengthen their squads ahead of the new campaign. Welsh outfit Swansea City have managed to get their hands on some top class players this summer and though they have had to miss out on a couple of transfer targets, Francesco Guidolin, the manager, will be relatively happy with the progress his team made in the off-season. However, with the transfer window now shut, the club cannot make any more changes to the squad and will fight for glory this season with only the players in hand. So how good a transfer window did the Swans have this summer?  Here is the transfer window review for the Welsh outfit.

Completed transfers

Ins

Leroy Fer – QPR, £4.75m

Mike van der Hoorn – Ajax, undisclosed

Mark Birighitti – Newcastle Jets, free

Fernando Llorente – Sevilla, undisclosed

Tyler Reid – Manchester United, undisclosed

George Byers – Watford, free

Borja Gonzalez – Atletico Madrid, £15.5m

Alfie Mawson – Barnsley, £5m

Outs

Andre Ayew – West Ham, £20.5m

Ashley Williams – Everton, £12m

Eder – Lille, £3.4m

Alberto Paloschi – Atalanta, £6m

Marvin Emnes – Blackburn, loan

Bafetimbi Gomis – Marseille, loan

Kenji Gorre – Northampton, loan

Kyle Bartley – Leeds, loan

Raheem Hanley – Northampton, free

Liam Shephard – Yeovil, loan

Oliver Davies – Kilmarnock, loan

Matt Grimes – Leeds, loan

Josh Sheehan – Newport, loan

Kyle Copp – Yeovil, free

Connor Roberts – Bristol Rovers, loan

Adam King – Southend, loan

Franck Tabanou – Granada, loan

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What did they get

Like many Premier League teams Guidolin’s Welsh outfit have managed to send a lot of young players on loan away from the club to reduce the wage burden. The biggest losses of the season was that of Andre Ayew who decided to join the Hammers and Eder who moved to French outfit Lille this summer. They also lost Ashley Williams to Everton in the off season and sent Bafetimbi Gomis to Marseille on loan. However, they have made some decent additions to their squad in Borja Baston, Fernando Llorente and Leroy Fer on the cheap considering the inflation in the current transfer market.

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 06: Fernando Llorente of Swansea in action during the pre-season friendly between Swansea City and Stade Rennais at Liberty Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

The manager has also signed a couple of young exciting talents from within England’s domestic football scene in Mark Birighetti and Alfie Mawson as he added enough back up options to his first team players ahead of the new season. The attack is a fresh one and with the experience, they could get the Welsh side into the top half of the table at the end of the season

What did they miss

The manager has missed out on most of his top transfer targets having failed to sign two former players who were available for sale this summer. The likes of Joe Allen and Wilfried Bony were both snapped up by Stoke and though the Swans were interested in their signing, they did not make enough of an effort to get them. They also were not able to purchase an able replacement for outgoing defender and club captain Ashley Williams and Guidolin will know that if his team is a bit weak at the back come the crunch time a few months later, he has only himself to blame. However, they do look a better side from the last season and will hope to finish near the top half of the table come the end of the season.

Verdict

With all the money that was spend (more than a billion) in the Premier League, Swansea at times showed reluctance to splash the cash on a couple of their top transfer targets. They needed their club record signing in Borja Baston after losing a couple of their strikers while Guidolin will hope that Llorente will also add some firepower to the attack. Though not replacing Ashley Williams can haunt them, the manager will be fairly certain that the squad at his disposal now can compete with the best in the business and will hope that his team find a place in the top half of the table. It was far from a perfect window for Swansea but they look a better and more balanced outfit from the previous season.

Rating: 6.5/10

 

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