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How Twitter reacted to Swansea City signing Sam Clucas from Hull City

Jake Jackman

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Swansea City have completed the signing of Sam Clucas from Hull City. Sky Sports report that the deal could be worth up to £16.5 million and that the player joins on a four-year contract. Burnley had previously had a bid turned down for the midfielder, which shows that there was other interest for the Swans to overcome.

The versatile player did well during his one season in the Premier League and proved that he was good enough for this level. He featured in all but one of Hull’s matches and was one of their better performers during the campaign. Clucas will be a good option to have in the Swansea squad as he can play a number of positions including central midfield and left wing. The following quotes from the 26-year-old were posted on the club’s website.

“I’ve seen a lot of Swansea and one of the main reasons I decided to come here was because of the way they play football. I think it suits me.”

“I had a bitter sweet season last year with relegation. Because of my playing background, I never thought I would play in the Premier League so I relished every game I played. From the first time I kicked a ball in the Premier League it was a dream come true.”

The appeal of the Premier League was huge and Clucas was keen to remain in the league after a strong showing last season. Swansea have been known as a team that plays a good style and that makes them an attractive club to join. After selling Gylfi Sigurdsson, it was important to sign some new players and the midfielder arrives to help replace the Icelandic international. He is a different type of player, but he provides an option in the middle of the park and should prove to be a good addition.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:

The reaction from the Swansea fans was mixed:

Hull City fans wished him well, but felt the club got a good deal:

Although not all were sad to see him go:

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Nottingham Forest should close in on out-of-contract Abel Hernandez

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With the summer transfer window quickly approaching, the list of players linked with moves is growing by the day.

Nottingham Forrest are the latest team in the rumour mill and are being linked by the Nottingham Post with £10 million-rated striker Abel Hernandez – an exciting forward the club should definitely consider pursuing.

The 27-year-old’s current contract is set to expire in the summer, meaning he could become available on a free at the beginning of the summer window.

However, Forest are not the only side interested in the former Palermo striker with Olympiacos, Celtic, Aston Villa and Newcastle also keeping tabs on the Urugyuan international.

The Hull City goalscorer has had his fair share of injuries in recent months but when fit it’s impossible to deny Hernandez has an impressive eye for goal.

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Despite considerable time spent on the sidelines, Hernandez has hit eight goals in 10 games this season for Hull, with the striker earning respect across the Championship and a move could seem imminent for Hull’s no 10.

Since joining the Tigers in 2014, Hernandez has struck 37 goals in 101 appearances (including two Premier League seasons) for the club, and he could be the goalscorer Aitor Karanka needs to push for a play-off charge next season.

The Reds have still yet to find a hit-man that fires on all fronts and, while ensuring the continued development of their promising youngsters, they need a marksman who is going to improve on the teams 51 goals this season.

Hernandez has the Championship experience to fill that void. If Karanka takes a gamble on the Uruguayan, it would undoubtedly assist the club in pushing on from this season’s disappointing 17th place finish.

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Kevin Stewart has not proven Liverpool wrong for £8 million sale

Liverpool sold the midfielder to Hull City in the summer.

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In the summer Liverpool decided to let midfielder Kevin Stewart leave the club. The 24-year-old had caused a stir when he followed Academy Director Alex Inglethorpe from Tottenham Hotspur to Liverpool in 2014.

The versatile player soon spent time out on loan with the likes of Cheltenham Town, Burton Albion and Swindon Town before finding his way into the Liverpool first-team picture under Jurgen Klopp.

He played 11 times for the club in the 2015-16 season, an impressive tally for the youngster who had established his best position as a holding midfielder.

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But after just nine appearances last term he made a permanent move from Liverpool in the summer. The Reds decided to let him go after recently relegated Hull City made a bid to bring him in, as a replacement for the Derby County-bound Tom Huddlestone.

It was reported by The Telegraph that the deal was worth around £8 million for the player to head to the KCOM Stadium. The Hull Daily Mail have since reported that the initial fee for the player is just £4 million, but it could rise to £8m with add-ons.

So far, Liverpool will not feel they made a mistake letting him go. Stewart has had a tough season with The Tigers.

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He suffered an injury during his Hull debut against QPR back in August and that essentially sums up his season. He has played just 16 times in the Championship this season whilst Hull have been fighting a relegation battle. In fact, there improved form came at a time when Stewart was out of action.

In February, Hull were on the end of a 4-0 thrashing in the FA Cup against Chelsea. The result reflected a poor performance from Hull but the local media pointed the finger at the former Liverpool man. The Hull Daily Mail, in fact, labelled him Hull’s ‘weak link’ in their match report.

At times during his stay at Liverpool, it looked as though Stewart might have a future at the club. But that has not proved to be the case after a series of disappointing displays and injury turmoil.

Hopefully, next season Stewart can have more of an impact at Hull. But, right now, it seems Liverpool will have no regrets about his sale.

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Ryan Giggs is right, first team football is key for Liverpool’s Harry Wilson

The Reds loanee is the youngest ever player to pull on a Wales shirt.

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It has been a roller-coaster decade for the Welsh national side.

From the tragic death of manager Gary Speed in 2011, to reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in their first major tournament since 1958, and then failing to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup.

However, it was in the middle of this whirlwind seven years that another piece of often overlooked history was made.

In October 2013, a 16-year-old Harry Wilson became Wales’ youngest ever player when he came on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Belgium in October 2013.

Who would have guessed the Liverpool starlet would have to wait nearly four and a half years for his second cap?

After a highly impressive second debut in the Chana Cup last week, I’m sure any Wales fan will tell you it was certainly worth the wait.

The 21-year-old, who is currently on loan at Championship strugglers Hull City, naturally earned comparisons with compatriots Gareth Bale, Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs following his role in Wales’ 6-0 demolition of host nation China.

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In a game in which the headlines were predictably wrapped up by Bale, whose hat-trick makes the Real Madrid man Wales’ highest ever goalscorer, Wilson’s goal, which also accompanied an impressive assist, was arguably the best of the six.

High praise indeed.

This stand-out display in Nanning follows a roaring start to life in the Championship at Hull City.

Wilson, who signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool before his loan move to the KCOM in January, has proved a rare shining light in an otherwise poor season for the Tigers.

Scoring three goals in just six league appearances, the Welshman may prove key in keeping Hull City in the division come April.

Although regularly impressing for Liverpool’s U23s during the past few seasons in the Premier League 2, Wilson has made just one senior appearance for the senior side – an FA Cup tie against Plymouth last season.

However, should his impressive first real taste of regular senior football finish as well has it has started, the 21-year-old could well find himself in the first team fold when he returns to Anfield this summer.

Interestingly, it is for exactly this reason that Ryan Giggs chose this international break to give young Wilson his second taste of international football.

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Speaking to the local media earlier this week, the former Manchester United man stressed the importance of regular first-team football on a young player’s career:

“When you’re in and out of the reserves or the first team or you’re training with the first team but not playing regular first team football, it has an effect.” Giggs said, before adding, “Harry [Wilson] and Declan [John] are seeing the benefits of playing week in, week out because you can’t beat playing competitive first team games.”

Giggs’ appointment as Chris Coleman’s successor was met with a mixed response by some due to a perceived lack of managerial experience and a historical lack of commitment to the international side.

However, his experience as a truly world class player, and working under one of the greatest managers of all time in Alex Ferguson, is seemingly already paying dividends.

It is true that the Welsh national side is currently in the middle of a so-called Golden Generation of talented players.

However, as we have seen with England in recent years, this does not last forever. A new cycle of talent must be eased into the international fold.

While it is still very early days for Giggs in the Wales dugout, the initial signs are good. This Welsh squad needs to be not only developed, but also rebuilt and strengthened with young talent.

The inclusion and initial success of the likes of Harry Wilson, among others, highlights the need for young players to be playing regular first-team football from an early age.

However, it also shows Giggs wants to do things the right way.

A ‘show me what you can do, and you will be rewarded’ policy represents a positive first step in Ryan Giggs’ managerial career and one that both Wales and their young players like Harry Wilson are likely to benefit from in the long term.

For this reason, Wales fans have every reason to be very optimistic about the future of their national side.

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