According to recent reports, Sam Clucas is set to leave Swansea City this summer and Burnley are prepared to offer £12m. The 27-year-old arrived at the Liberty Stadium only last summer as one of Paul Clement’s five signings but could not meet his lofty expectations. The winger scored only 3 times and managed a couple of assists in as many as 39 appearances last term, eventually seeing the Swans through to relegation from the Premier League.
Now, the newly appointed Graham Potter is set to bring around change at the Liberty and the best approach currently is to get the unnecessary contract off the books. Clucas bags a sizeable deal weekly and his transfer fee could be reinvested in finding more able replacements.
Speaking to the press about Swansea’s transfer plans, Potter said, “I don’t think everything can be fixed in one go, it would be unrealistic to say that. We have to make the right decisions, and not quick and easy ones. We have to be responsible.”
“We have a short-term need to be competitive in the Championship, but there is also a longer-term rebuilding process. There are Premier League players and contracts that are not sustainable for the long-term future of the club.”
Clucas is one of the most versatile midfielders who can be fielded in almost any position. The Englishman was brought in from Hull City after recording 9 goals and 10 assists in 96 all around appearances for the EFL Championship side.
He did play the full 90 minutes for one game of England C side against Bermuda in June 2013. He started out with his hometown club, Nettleham and was signed by Leicester City at the age of 10.
Clucas got released by the Foxes when he was 16 and made his professional debut in the Central Midfield Football League. He played for Mansfield Town and Chesterfield FC before joining the Tigers in the summer of 2015.
He could give Burnley a little more depth going into the 2018/19 season but will he be worth the hefty transfer sum? At 27, he could fill in as a long-term replacement for Jonathan Walters who is due to turn 35 this year.
The Clarets had an impressive 2017/18 season which ended up being their very best in the English top-flight. Sean Dyche is looking to build on this success by making more additions to the club. Maybe he will be able to unleash Clucas’ potential in the Premier League.