Written by David Robinson
Swansea ended their Premier League campaign well, only losing 2 games in their last 8 giving more hope for next season. It was in truth, a tough campaign overall with Garry Monk struggling to get results despite performances sometimes not reflecting what they deserved. The Liberty Stadium had to deal with a very real relegation battle for parts of the season before the appointment of Francesco Guidolin quickly guided the Swans away from danger. It’s now well known that Swansea are a very tidy footballing side that have shown to be excellent on their day and while they have had to sell key players which has certainly held them back, they still have the foundations of a very good team in the Premier League. The side did struggle with consistent firepower in the squad with Gomis only showing good enough form at the start of the season. The addition of free transfer Andre Ayew was a fantastic signing with the Ghanaian scoring 12 goals while Sigurdsson always contributes but his form was patchy throughout. Swansea’s 4th top scorer managed just 2 goals therefore based on this I identify 5 proven current Premier League players, Swansea should look to sign in order to give more cutting edge next season.
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Saido Berahino – West Brom
The English forward reportedly has interest from Watford and Leicester. A strange situation at the Hawthorns, Berahino apparently had an attitude problem which lead to Tony Pulis being reluctant to play one of his star players. There is no doubting his talent though with Berahino hitting 20 goals last season. I think the young striker could be available for a valuable price considering his age and ability. He could lead the line with his technical qualities and is likely to be more clinical than what the Swans have had this season. With Premier League money likely to be splashed around by nearly all of the clubs, Swansea should be willing to make a big move on a striker and the West Brom man certainly fits the bill.
Joel Campbell – Arsenal
The Costa Rica international looked surplus to requirements at the start of the season but an injury packed campaign for Arsenal gave Campbell his chance where he looked influential despite not gaining a run of games. The 23 year old would more likely be transferred through a loan move but Campbell would suit Swansea down to the ground with his ability to cut inside on his left foot from the right displaying good technical qualities. You would suspect he may not be needed as much next season where a run of games is likely to see the best out of the forward which would be a good move for the Welsh club.
Christian Benteke – Liverpool
The £32.5 million man has been a huge disappointment at Anfield really when you take into account the transfer fee. However despite the Belgium striker hardly proving himself, you cannot rule him out of being a great player with the former Aston Villa man struggling to fit into the Red’s style. I believe Benteke could thrive at the Liberty Stadium in a similar fashion to Wilfried Bony and although they are of course different players they have the similar qualities. Benteke has a bit of everything particularly needed for a lone striker. He could hold the ball up and be a part of Swansea’s possession game where he also showed the ability at Aston Villa to create goals out of nothing. A quality that is very valuable. One that Swansea should look to invest in while he is likely to be unwanted at Liverpool meaning they may demand a cut off price for the £32.5 million they paid for him. (photo credit Erik Drost)
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Wilfried Bony – Manchester City
The former Swansea City player was a huge hit previously which resulted in a fee of around £30 million being paid by Manchester City. The Ivory Coast international has struggled to say the least at the Etihad and now will surely be surplus to requirements. With Aubameyang interest high from Man City, while Sergio Aguero and Kelechi Iheaneacho are already at the club, the Citizens may look to offload Bony to generate funds for new arrivals. Of course questions would be asked of how Bony would do on his return but more likely than not he would fit back in and be a leading player in the side.
Swansea fans, who would you like to see at the Liberty Stadium next season? Let us know in the comments below!
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