Swansea City have announced the singing of Sporting Braga striker Eder for £5 million as they reinvest the Wilfried Bony money in reinforcing their strike force. But, the Swans’ decision to not invest in a proven Premier League striker may be their biggest mistake this transfer window.
The Welsh outfit head into the new season with just two recognised, first team forwards, in the form of Bafetimbi Gomis and Eder, and it is not the first time the Premier League club have headed into the new season without Premier League quality up top.
In each of the last of Swans’ seasons, not once have they signed a frontman with a proven Premier League record, and now they have an established stature in England’s top flight, should they be turning their attention to talent already located in the league?
It would seem justified if Huw Jenkins and Garry Monk decided to look for their newest striker in the Premier League, as it has proven to be a difficult league to settle into for foreign talent. The Swans have had lots of success in the transfer market by finding recruits from abroad, but surely sooner or later a player signed in such a pivotal position could go array.
Leading the line at any club is a difficult task and a proven striker is needed to stay in the division. With the Swans having pushed for a top half finish every year, it is evident they’ve had a prolific forward to lead their attack in each of their seasons. Ranging from Danny Graham and Michu to the most recent forward Bony, the Welsh outfit have had a striker in double figures every season. But, could this be about to change?
The Premier League has a reputation for being a physical division and the Swans’ strikers have always coped well. But, in continuing to invest in untested foreign strikers may their luck end this season with Eder and Gomis set to be the Swans’ two strikers? Gomis had a mixed first season at the Liberty, netting just seven times in 32 league appearances and with Eder new to the league the club may be the victim of their own downfall this coming season.
Chelsea’s Loic Remy has been tipped with a move to Monk’s side and I personally feel that the Frenchman would be a perfect fit for the side. With three years of Premier League experience under his belt and having shown he has the ability to score goals in the division, surely the side should be chasing a player of his quality rather than a similarly aged, yet cheaper foreign talent.
A striker gets you goals and Gomis failed to win over the doubters that he could fill Bony’s boots. Eder may well prove me wrong and help the Swans to yet another top half finish, but his combined 13 league goals in the past two seasons in a lower quality league, doesn’t fill me with confidence that he’ll do so.
Jenkins has made some excellent and shrewd decisions in recent seasons at the Swans, but could the transfer of an unproven Premier League striker be one of the worst transfer decisions for the Swans in recent years after passing up the opportunity of signing a top goalscorer in Remy?