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Swansea City Retain Interest In Long Term Transfer Target From West Brom: Right Time To Move?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Swansea City are looking to reignite their pursuit of Belgian winger, Nacer Chadli who is currently serving his time on the sidelines with a muscle injury.

Paul Clement had tried to acquire the 28-year-old’s services at the beginning of the season, but then boss Tony Pulis refused to let him go without finding a replacement to take up his spot in the team.

Tony Pulis was sacked as West Bromwich Albion manager on November 20 following a string of poor results left them just outside the relegation zone in the Premier League. He served a two-year stint with the club after being appointed on 1st January 2015.

With the new manager, Alan Pardew, however, Chadli’s career can be revived after failing to feature for the side much this season. He has on 296 minutes of game-time for the season under his belt and is eager to start featuring regularly as soon as he returns for the injury.

The Baggies are still struggling and has dropped to the 19th spot of the points table after their 1-2 loss to Manchester United on the weekend. They are currently on a winless run for 17 games, not something every fan would want for their club.

Nacer Chadli arrived in England from FC Twente to join Tottenham in the summer of 2013. But after failing to feature for the Spurs regularly he was let go for £13m.

Swansea’s American owners, Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien have not yet set an ultimatum for Clement. Even after the side’s current state of affairs. They are at the bottom of the Premier League table with just 12 points in 17 games.

Clement will be provided with investment opportunities to strengthen the squad in January and enter the new year with a fresh boost of motivation and talent. Their performance in the remaining December schedule will be crucial to attract talents and fulfil their ambitions of staying in the Premier League by season end.

Losing Gylfi Sigurðsson to Everton in the beginning of the season has clearly left a huge gap in the attacking structure of the club. Summer arrivals Renato Sanches, Roque Mesa and Wilfried Bony do not possess all the skills of the Icelandic international and have so far been poor for the Swans.

Nacer Chadli can take up a major role in the attacking line-up of the Swans. Featuring from the wings the Belgian is not the fastest of athletes but has a lot of creative talent and an eye for goal. If he does end up moving to the Welsh side in January, he can expect to have a huge responsibility on his hands.

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