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Swansea City Interested In Signing Slovenian Youngster For Free: Should Clement Go For It?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Swansea City were back to winning ways in the last match against Huddersfield Town in the Premier League as they subdued the Terriers 2-0 in a comfortable encounter. Paul Clement’s side were on a winless run of four games and he will be relieved, having guided his team to their second win in this season.

According to reports, Swansea are very keen to sign Matic Paljk. The left-back has been on a trial with the club and has featured in the Premier League 2 for the Swans. His contract with FC Koper has ended after the club got relegated from the Slovenian top tier.

Swansea scouts were attracted by his displays while he was playing for the Slovenia U-21s and arranged for a trial at the Liberty Stadium. He impressed in his trail and also got the first taste of English football when he appeared for Swans’ reserves not too long ago.

The 20-year-old is predominantly a left-back but can be stationed anywhere across the defence. He can also play his part as a defensive midfielder, so collectively, he could be a very good signing for the Welsh giants.

At six feet three, he is pretty well built and can withstand the rugged nature of the Premier League. Swansea do have room for new players, so if Clement wants, he can sign the player for a short term. Paljik is likely to be inducted into the academy to get accustomed to the u23s and his progress will be monitored pretty minutely.

Barring Martin Olsson, there are currently no options for Clement in the left back section and bringing Paljik would ease the pressure on Olsson. The Swans’ season also got a much-needed boost as they recorded their second at the weekend and Paljik could give them a fresh look, that might go a long way in pushing Swansea up the points table.

Clement is an avid believer of youngsters and has promoted a number of exciting players to the first team and Plajik could soon follow the suit. Swansea endured a tough start to this season but their performance in the last match should bring back the confidence.

Clement is expected to offer the player a short-term contract so that he can weigh his options according to his performances. The Premier League has now become even tougher and the pressure to deliver consistently has forced the clubs to make some bold decisions in the transfer market. So should Clement bring Paljik to England?

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