Swansea City’s record in the transfer market has been impressive since last summer, with the majority of signings making a big impact on SA1.
Head Coach Russell Martin’s partnership with Sporting Director Mark Allen has proven fruitful in what they have achieved together in a short period of time and it is evident that recruitment is in good hands under their leadership. It was encouraging to hear from the Swansea chief that plans were already underway for next season.
“I think it’s essential for a club,” said Allen, who also worked at Manchester City and Rangers in a senior position. “Championship football is very different from Premier League football, and there will always be an element of having to swap players.
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“We haven’t hidden it in the past, and we won’t hide it in the future. It’s about realizing the players who can help us get into the league, but also developing assets that could help the club economically.We are always aware of these things, but the strategy is to identify promising young players and buy them where possible.
“We’ve had some success with that this season and long may it continue, we’re already out there looking at the next batch, if you like. It’s there so everyone can see that the revenue from the Championship is much lower than the Premier League, and it’s a league where there’s a significant drop in revenue.” You can read more about the change Swansea transfer policy here.
So far, so good. The couple have overseen 14 arrivals since last summer. Here we run the rule on them.
The headliner and certainly the man of the moment. A brace against Derby County at the weekend took the Dutchman to 20 goals in all competitions in his debut campaign. That’s a feat for a 22-year-old. He was signed for £1million but with little fanfare, and with Leicester City reportedly keeping tabs on him, Swansea will have a fight on their hands this summer. Their last striker to reach 20 goals in a season, Oli McBurnie, was sold for £20m to Sheffield United. Swansea won’t want to sell at all, but at McBurnie a bar – or should we say price – has been set. Rating: 9/10
Another superb signing, someone for whom Martin has run out of superlatives. Covid “correctly messed him up” earlier in the season, but he was excellent alongside Matt Grimes in the middle of the park. Like Piroe, caught the eye of a top club at Leeds United, with his former manager Kieron Dyer already branding him a £10million player. Of all the players on Martin’s team. Downes is the one who makes them vibrate the most. Rating: 8/10
The roller coaster of a season for the former Bristol City man. A superb start to life in SA1 punctuated by a highly publicized contract dispute just after Christmas. You can read about it here. Luckily for Martin and his supporters, differences were put aside and Paterson picked up where he left off. However, a new contract will have to be settled this summer. Rating: 8/10
Arriving in January to replace Ethan Laird, Christie has done well on the right flank of defense and it looks like the Fulham man is keen to make his move permanent. Out of contract in west London this summer, snapping up the experienced defender would be another smart move. Evaluation:8/10
A slow start in Landore and question marks over application and fitness have all but evaporated in recent months. The former Southampton man plays with a smile and his partnership with Piroe has blossomed. Playing the two forwards in tandem has worked wonders and if he can stay fit, the Republic of Ireland man could have a big season next term. Rating: 7.5/10
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Naturally, it took a while to settle in after arriving from the continent, but Martin described him as a ‘beast’ at the weekend and his recent performances show why Borussia Monchengladbach paid £8million for him. Has a touch of class about him and seems well suited to Martin’s style of play. Could a permanent move be on the cards? As always, finances will dictate. Rating: 7.5/10
Brought in mid-season to replace Ben Hamer between the sticks, it was clear from the start that Martin was serious about reuniting with Fisher. The former MK Dons stopper has been pretty solid with his distribution being his strongest asset. Rating: 7/10
The man Christie replaced was not far off Swansea’s Player of the Season during the first half of the campaign. His diligent and attacking displays gave Martin’s side a real threat down the right and his infectious personality off the pitch was also evident. It was disappointing to see Manchester United remembered and then loan him back to Bournemouth, where he struggled for fitness and form. Rating: 6.5/10
The former Celtic man has shown flashes of genius since signing but he had to bide his time for a few minutes. Arriving not in top form has certainly bothered him this season but the role of impact submarine has pleased him. Shot the game at West Brom earlier this year and it has the ability to get fans up from their seats. A full pre-season should do him good. Rating: 6.5/10
Signed for Swansea but was almost immediately sent on loan to Cheltenham. There he had games under his belt, but Laird’s departure in January, coupled with Morgan Whittaker and Liam Cullen heading to Lincoln City on loan, meant he was called up. Has featured nine times since and is one for the future. Rating: 6/10
The young centre-back arrived from Manchester City in January as a replacement for Rhys Williams. The 18-year-old has struggled to work his way into an established defensive unit, starting three games but hasn’t played since the goalless draw with Birmingham City last month. Will most likely return to the Etihad this summer. Rating: 5/10
Arriving from Shrewsbury with a more serious injury than expected was hardly ideal for the young defender. He regained his fitness and was seen twice for his new club. Beginnings but encouraging signs. Rating: 5/10
It didn’t work out at all for the centre-back and he was recalled by Liverpool when the transfer window reopened. A shame for all concerned. Rating: 4/10
Swans fans would be forgiven for forgetting that Walsh is still in the ranks. He suffered a hamstring injury in the last game of the pre-season, which kept him out for six weeks. The 24-year-old played seven times for the club – twice in cup competitions – before being loaned to Hull City in January. Played three times for the Tigers, starting only once, and hasn’t been seen since February. There is a promising player there but a decision will have to be made on him this summer. Rating: 3/10