Despite comfortably sitting in mid-table as the league draws to a close, this season has been a disappointing one for Swansea City.
The Welsh side went into the season with one of the most exciting young British managers in the game at the helm and were being tipped to challenge for the European places. Instead, as Leicester and West Ham have taken the plaudits of the country, the Swans were battling relegation for large parts of the season and removed Garry Monk from the managerial position.
However, under the stewardship of Francesco Guidolin and Alan Curtis, things picked up and relegation fears were eased. A 4-1 win at West Ham saw the team back to somewhere near their best and suggests the 2016-17 season could hold better things for the Swans.
There is every reason to expect that an ‘outsider’ will challenge for the European places again next year and nothing to suggest that Swansea shouldn’t be among these clubs. In order to realise these ambitions though, a few additions to the playing squad will be required. Here, we take a look at three signings the club should be looking to make to help them achieve this goal.
Lukasz Fabianski exit should lead Swansea City to Liverpool’s Danny Ward
Swansea have been linked with the Liverpool stopper.
Swansea City have sold goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. West Ham United have paid a fee in the region of £7 million to make the Poland stopper their new number one under Manuel Pellegrini after the Swans were relegated to the Championship.
So could this now pave the way for a Liverpool exit?
The player in question is Danny Ward. The Welsh international was linked with a move to Swansea back at the start of the month and would be the perfect recruit for the Swans.
First of all, he would be playing in his Welsh homeland which would make him an immediate fan favourite. The 24-year-old is also more than experienced in the Championship. He was Huddersfield Town’s goalkeeper when they won promotion in 2017, playing the majority of games for the Terriers that season.
He is also not getting a look in at Liverpool. In two days time, the Wrexham-born star will turn 25 and he needs to be playing first-team football on a regular basis.
With Fabianski gone Swansea need a new goalkeeper and Ward is clearly the perfect man for the job.
Liverpool, on their part, should not stand in his way and allow him the chance to become a hero in South Wales if Swansea do follow up their initial inquiries.
West Ham fans thrilled with double unveiling of Lucasz Fabianski and Issa Diop
The club completed the double deal in the last 24 hours
West Ham have unveiled two new signings today in Swansea goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski and Toulouse centre-back Issa Diop, the club has confirmed via their official website, as Manuel Pellegrini looks to bolster his squad, in pursuit of loftier ambitions next term.
The highly rated French defender joined first, with the club confirming they have broken an “undisclosed club-record fee” to bring him to the London Stadium on a five-year contract. And Fabianski swiftly followed suit, penning on a three-year deal with the Hammers.
Fans are becoming enamoured with their new manager and his eagerness to improve the team, and have taken to Twitter to express their excitement for the rest of the window, and the season ahead under the Chilean’s guidance.
Here’s the reaction:
Fabianski & Diop all in 24 hours! Not bad West Ham!.
— Ryan Smith III (@02rysmith) June 20, 2018
@ExWHUemployee Another great show, despite being anti board, I must give credit when credit is due. Fabianski is a very decent keeper and the Diop transfer is exciting!! Hopefully we can continue to attract more players in the next coming weeks #coyi
— Adam Jessop (@adammmm_1998) June 20, 2018
— JJH (@JJH_Mobile) June 20, 2018
Another good signing, West Ham are acc doing bits, diop, fredericks, fabianski as well as pellergrini in charge https://t.co/fP50qVQ7uu
— Camila Cabello, coyg, Ramsey is the best CM oat (@RhysTight) June 20, 2018
Diop and Fabianski already! Would be buzzing to sing Anderson and Masson ? https://t.co/SLidZtWb0b
— T E D (@ItsTed__93) June 20, 2018
Fredricks, Diop and now Fabianski! 3 great additions in positions we need filling https://t.co/FLTVw6YRPN
— Tom King (@tom_king1994) June 20, 2018
West Ham to be a force next season?
— Samuel Kailus (@SKailus) June 20, 2018
Another brilliant signing. Diop might take time to settle. But Fabianski is going to slot straight in. https://t.co/r1uXnjAcuO
— Adhithya (@adhithya35) June 20, 2018
Big congratulations to the board on getting the Pellegrini, Diop and Fabianski deals done
— R*J*K (@Robbiejamesking) June 20, 2018
The two signings follow on from the addition of Fulham fullback Ryan Fredericks earlier this month and it doesn’t seem as though the ex-Manchester City boss has any intentions of slowing down on that front.
The club are still strongly linked with multiple midfielders including Javier Pastore and Jack Wilshere – with the player announcing his departure from Arsenal (BBC Sport)– and new additions seem likely over the coming weeks.
Graham Potter should bring Saman Ghoddos with him to Swansea City
The Ostersunds boss looks set to take over at Swansea City this week.
It appears that Swansea City have decided on the man to replace Carlos Carvalhal. Ostersunds boss Graham Potter is being heavily linked with the job and the two parties are said to be in talks.
An announcement is expected on Friday and, barring any last minute drama, it appears that Potter will be the new Swansea boss.
The 43-year-old has earned rave reviews for his management of the small Swedish side. He has guided them to the top-flight of Swedish football and last season led them on a tremendous Europa League run. They beat the likes of Galatasaray, PAOK Salonika, Hertha Berlin and Arsenal in their run to the last 32 of the competition.
Potter is, therefore, an exciting choice for Swansea and, hopefully, he can bring some of his former players with him to the Liberty Stadium.
One such player who would be perfect for Swansea is Iranian international Saman Ghoddos.
The 24-year-old joined Ostersunds in January 2016 from Syrianska and has since gone on to be a big hit at the club. Last season the striker scored 15 goals and assisted nine in 30 league appearances for the club.
This campaign, the striker has 10 goals and six assists from 27 appearances in another impressive looking campaign.
Swansea will need to bring in new recruits this summer if they are to challenge for Championship promotion. One area that needs serious investment is up front. Swansea are lacking firepower and with Tammy Abraham’s loan spell at an end that is now clearly evident.
Ghoddos is an exceptional and versatile option up top. Capable of playing in a number of positions his arrival would give Swansea real attacking depth.
Not only does he score goals, but he sets them up as well, making him a perfect new recruit for the goal-shy Swans frontline.
If Potter does, as expected, take over at Swansea, then bringing the Iranian in before he heads to the World Cup would be a smart move.