Much has been made of how successful Swansea where last season, but one aspect of that success which seems to have been overlooked is their transfer dealings. Many people expected Swansea to flounder once they sold Wilfried Bony to Manchester City but they completed the rest of the season admirably and their forays into the transfer market this summer look promising.
Given that Swansea have such a strong style of play it is perhaps easier to identify, or at least exclude certain transfer targets. The capture of Jack Cork in Januray looks a great bit of business, Gylfi Sigurdsson showed what he can achieve when deployed in his best position and Fabianski was also a top signing last summer.
Another of last summer’s recruits, Bafetimbi Gomis, was the most natural replacement for Bony in the Swansea squad last January, from that point to the end of the season he managed six of his seven league goals and five of those came in a spell of five games towards the end of the campaign. It’s fair to say he didn’t quite reach the same levels as Bony, but will be looking to continue in same manner he ended last term.
Other than Gomis and the on loan Nelson Oliveria, Swansea didn’t really have any striking options so it’s understandable that that’s an area they’ve looked to strengthen. They’ve brought in Eder from Braga for around £5m, the Portugal international hit ten goals last season in his home country. At over 6ft Eder will be seen as a similar type of player to both Bony and Gomis, giving Swansea a focal point for their attacks.
In addition to Eder, Swansea have also added the highly coveted Andre Ayew. Ayew joined on a free transfer from Marseille and is predominantly a left sided attacking midfielder. That said he also played centrally for Marseille and even featured at left back once last season so is certainly very versatile. He too managed ten goals last time out and also registered three assists. Ayew’s signing will have been as something of a coup for a player who was linked with Liverpool and other clubs this summer.
Whilst it remains to be seen whether the new signings Garry Monk has made will have the desired impact there’s certainly cause to be optimistic. One really impressive part of the deal is the way Swansea managed to get them done early and for minimal transfer fees, securing two experienced internationals for £5m is a great bit of business in anyone’s book. Based on last seasons signings you wouldn’t bet against them slotting right in.