Swansea City suffered 21 defeats in 38 games as they slumped to a relegation spot in last season’s Premier League campaign. Now in the EFL Championship, the Swans will have to work hard during this transfer window as they look to rebuild their squad as relegation is usually fatal towards retaining the club’s best players. The Swans players like Alfie Mawson, Jordan Ayew and Andre Ayew continue to be linked with a move away to other suitors.
Inside Wales Sport is reporting that Swansea City are preparing a swoop for Sheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri. New manager Graham Potter is eager to bolster the Swans’ attacking options as they aim to make a return back into the Premier League. However, the Swans must first face and overcome the challenges that lie ahead of them in the Championship next season.
Centre-forward Joel Asoro was signed from Sunderland for £2m recently but at 19 years of age, it would be wise to bring in an experienced player to help share the burden of scoring goals, along with the youngster. For Forestieri, a switch to the Welsh-based club will be a step in the right direction. He will have to work hard to cement a place in the starting lineup but has enough experience playing in the United Kingdom to challenge for a regular spot.
During his debut season at Hillsborough, Forestieri exceeded expectations as he finished the season being the Owls’ top scorer. He found the back of the net 15 times in all competitions. A current fan favourite, the former under-21 Italian international has gone on to play 88 times whilst scoring 32 goals for Sheffield Wednesday.
He is versatile in nature and can be deployed on either wing. However, he is most effective when used as a second striker. A string of injuries last season prevented Forestieri from making any significant impact to the team’s results as Sheffield Wednesday finished in the 15th place in the league standings. However, in the 10 appearances he made, the forward found the target 5 times.
If Graham Potter can see that the player gets regular game time and can keep him fit, then the rewards in return will benefit the Swans greatly. Forestieri is not afraid to shoot from distance and will add creativity to the team. Strength on the ball along with good work-rate allows him to be a threat to the opposition goal.