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Swansea City Closing In On This Marauding Full-back: A Good Move By Paul Clement?

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

Swansea City are in a deep trouble this season. Since they made their way to the Premier League some years back, they have hardly been in a relegation scrap. For these many years, Swansea were considered as one of those rising forces and even tasted Europa League football. However, this season has been an exception and it will be a big challenge for newly-appointed Swansea boss Paul Clement to keep the Swans in the Premier League. The former Bayern Munich assistant manager certainly knew the extent of the challenge of the Swansea job when he took it and will do whatever it takes to come out on top.

Swansea have already confirmed their first signing of the January transfer window in the form of Luciano Narsingh from PSV Eindhoven and as per recent reports, they are closing in on their second signing of the window. The South Wales Evening Post claims that Swansea are closing in on the signing of Martin Olsson from Norwich City.

The Norwich city left-back had been a subject of interest of Swansea when they were managed by Garry Monk as per reports and now they are in pole position in trying to land their man. However, the Swansea fans might not be too excited to see their beloved club bringing a player from the Championship to bring the club out of their predicament.

Swansea City already have two quality left-backs in Neil Taylor and Stephen Kingsley. Even though Taylor was not rated particularly highly by Mike Phelan or his predecessor Francesco Guidolin, he still remains a quality player and proven in the Premier League. He is also a key player for the Welsh national team who set the stage on fire in the Euros. It is really surprising to see Taylor struggling for opportunities at the Liberty Stadium.

Taylor’s competitor for a starting berth in the left-back spot is Stephen Kingsley who is also a pretty decent player. A new left-back was not at all needed at the Liberty Stadium. There are many areas which should have been addressed first rather than bringing in another left-back. Swansea need a quality centre-back, a potent number nine and probably a quality midfielder too. This will be an unnecessary addition in my opinion.

Olsson is a pretty decent player but it is hard to see how he will make any kind of a difference to the first-team. If he was really good enough, he would not have had to ply his trade in the Championship. At 28 now, the Swede does not have a good resale value either and is unlikely to improve as a player as his peak years are almost over.

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