Swansea City fought hard under Carlos Carvalhal last season but they failed to avoid the drop and will now have to plan for life in the Championship. They are happy to let a few of their star players leave, to reduce the wage burdens on the club and one such player who has joined Fenerbahce on loan is Andre Ayew.
The 28-year old moved to Wales in January in a club record deal, as he was expected to take them out of the drop zone. However, Ayew did not do enough to keep them in the top flight and is not an affordable player for a club in the second tier.
The manager had some nice words to say about him but he now has to find a replacement for the versatile attacker this summer. So who can Swansea sign in place of Ayew? Here are three players Potter should target for his side this summer:
Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday):
With over 162 Championship appearances to his name, the 28-year old is one of the most experienced attackers in the league at the moment. He is as versatile as Ayew and was in decent form last season and has already been linked with a move to Swansea this summer. He is an established forward and could be a huge asset for the Swans, in their pursuit of immediate promotion in the upcoming campaign.
Michail Antonio (West Ham United):
The English winger has struggled with injuries but has been impressive, every time he has been given a chance in the first team at the London Stadium. He was a crucial part in West Ham’s qualification for Europe the season before the last but it does not look like Manuel Pellegrini is convinced of his qualities. Reports suggest that the Hammers could sell him if a club is ready to meet his price of £15m and though it is a bit expensive for Swansea, he will be a huge coup if they are able to land him this summer.
Ollie Watkins (Brentford):
The 22-year old has turned into one of the most exciting attackers in the country recently and was among the top 10 in the league for dribbles, key passes and shots last season in the Championship. He has been linked with a move to the Premier League and is valued at just £8m, which should not be a problem for Swansea. He is versatile and has experience in the lower tiers and could be a match winner for Potter’s side next season.