For many Tottenham fans, and seemingly Mauricio Pochettino, the loss of Toby Alderweireld is an unavoidable fact. Looking for someone to step in and fill his shoes is a tough task, but the odds on one man stand out in particular: Alfie Mawson.
Tottenham are clear favourites to seal a deal for the England international with Sky Bet, who offer odds as low as 2/1. Arsenal are the next best option at 8/1, whilst he is 4/6 to leave Swansea this summer.
With odds also offered as low as 4/7 that Alderweireld will depart, it’s pretty clear that if Mawson does arrive for the first season at New White Hart Lane, it will be to replace the Belgian.
The defender has impressed despite forming part of one of the sides struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League in Swansea City, earning an England call-up in the process and even being in the frame for a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad to travel to Russia for the World Cup.
Having come from the bottom, initially with Brentford, first making his name on loan at League Two team Wycombe Wanderers, he is exactly the kind of project that will appeal to Pochettino.
Now firmly established as a Premier League player, he has averaged an impressive 6.2 clearances per Premier League game this season, one of the highest in the division.
The chance to continue his development alongside another experienced professional in Jan Vertonghen would only help to bring his game on and develop further.
The only doubt for the Lilywhites will be how Pochettino balances the potential signing of Mawson alongside Davinson Sanchez at the back off the back of yet another season without silverware where critics have accused the team of lacking experience and character for the big occasions.
One winner, one loser as Federico Fernandez heads to Newcastle United
The Argentine’s move could have an impact on an experienced Newcastle player and a talent coming through at Swansea.
Newcastle United are all set to sign Federico Fernandez from Swansea City. As reported by the Shields Gazette, the Toon have agreed a £6 million fee with Swansea for the player. Fernandez will now head to Tyneside to complete his transfer.
It is a good move for Newcastle, who needed extra strengthening at the back. But who wins and who loses from this deal…?
Winner – Joe Rodon
After an excellent loan spell at Cheltenham Town, the Welsh under-21 star looks set for involvement in the first-team at the Liberty Stadium this season.
A ball-playing centre-half who has been favourably compared to John Stones in style, the pathway to first-team action is clearing up. With Fernandez going, Jordi Amat seemingly on his way and Kyle Bartley already gone Swansea fans may see a lot of Rodon this season, even if a loanee is also brought in.
Loser – Ciaran Clark
Fernandez is now Newcastle’s second centre-back arrival this summer. With Florian Lejeune out for most of the season with a knee injury, it leaves four on the books for the Magpies.
The Argentine newbie will no do battle with fellow incomer Fabian Schar, captain Jamaal Lascelles and Clark.
The Irish international will have to play at his best week-in-week-out to keep the newcomers at bay and retain his starting place at St James’ Park.
One winner and loser as Jordan Ayew nears Crystal Palace loan move
The news will come as a boost for Crystal Palace’s forward line, but will be a bitter blow for Swansea as they will lose a key player while receiving no compensation inreturn.
Winner: Crystal Palace’s attack
The Eagles mainly relied on the goal scoring experts of star winger Wilfried Zaha and penalty specialist Luka Milivojevic last season.
The arrival of Jordan Ayew will ease the pressure on these players and add goalscoring punch to the south Londoners.
The Ghanian international was Swansea’s top scorer last campaign, with seven strikers, and is a versatile player who can fill in all across the forward line, from winger to centre forward.
Roy Hodgson will be delighted to secure the services of Ayew for the 2018/19 season, adding another impressive attacking option to the Palace squad.
Loser: Swansea City
Initially it was reported that Palace’s Jairo Riedewald would be heading to Wales as part of the Ayew deal, but the Independent claimed he has rejected the chance to play in the Championship and will not be moving to Swansea.
In addition to Graham Potter’s men missing out on Riedewald, the Swans will not be receiving a hefty transfer fee for Ayew’s services as the deal is only a loan.
This double blow of missing out on a young Palace prospect and a monetary boost will undoubtedly harm the Welsh side, leaving Swansea the weaker party in Jordan Ayew’s transfer.
Barrie McKay shines on Swansea debut as he tries to prove Aitor Karanka wrong
The Scottish winger played a role in both of Swansea City’s goals yesterday.
Swansea City got their Championship start off to a flyer yesterday evening. Goals from Oli McBurnie and Yan Dhanda saw them come back from 1-0 down to beat Sheffield United.
There were some great performances among the Swansea players, but new signing Barrie McKay might have been the pick of the bunch.
The Scottish winger was a constant threat down the right-hand side. He struck an incredible half-volley against the bar but also played a role in both goals. His effort was saved by Dean Henderson before Mcburnie levelled. He also played the ball to Dhanda for the Swansea winner.
Nottingham Forest decided they would let McKay go this summer. In fairness that made sense. Signed by his former Rangers manager Mark Warburton last summer, the Scot has failed to establish himself at the City Ground.
When Aitor Karanka took over, McKay was swiftly cast aside as expendable.
Last week he was sold to Swansea for a fee reported to be in the region of £1.5 million. For many Nottingham Forest fans, it was not considered a huge loss.
McKay has instantly shown what he can do. However, inconsistency plagues McKay’s displays. Nottingham Forest fans will not yet be concerned that they let a real talent disappear.
But if he plays like this week-in-week-out, then Karanka and Nottingham Forest will not come out looking good.
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