This week saw Swansea City continue to be linked with more strikers in the wake of Dubai side Al Ahli admitting interest in Bafetimbi Gomis. However, the two forwards linked with the Swans are Steven Fletcher and Emmanuel Adebayor. But, if the club followed through with signing either of the players, then they risk going backwards after all their hard work in the transfer market in recent years.
One key reason why Swansea City haven’t even really been threatened with relegation is the fact that their frontman has always managed to score goals. From Danny Graham to Wilfried Bony, the Swans’ transfer activity has been solid in the attacking department. Graham brought 13 league goals to the side in his debut season in South Wales, Michu was a massive hit netting 18 times and Bony built on this with 16. The fact of the matter is that the Welsh outfit have always had a man to lead the line who has banged in the goals. The phrase “Feed the goat and he will score” has never been more apt.
However, with recent rumours suggesting that Fletcher and Adebayor may be on their way, Swansea’s goals may be about to dry up. First of all, I think we can dispel these rumours quickly. Both have had a reputation of bringing goals, but neither would be promoted to the role of first choice striker so the transfers are unlikely to happen. Second of all, Adebayor’s big wages would be a stumbling block, with the powerful striker on a rumoured £100,000 a week at Tottenham. But, it’s still interesting to conceive the idea that papers genuinely think these deals may happen.
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You’d think the club may well be after a third choice striker, with just Bafetimbi Gomis and Eder the only real striking options available in the first team. New signing, Andre Ayew is able to deputise in the role, however it seems that the club seem set on the player operating in his more familiar wing role. Ayew is a genuine gole threat having reached double figures in all competitions in four out of the last five seasons, however if he is coupled with either of the Sunderland or Spurs cast aways then it could be a different story.
Neither Fletcher nor Adebayor would be happy to settle for small wages being that they are both receiving a comfortable packet currently. But, even on the footballing side of things, it really just doesn’t make sense. Fletcher has struggled for goals since his switch to the North-East from Wolves back in 2012. He reached 11 league goals in his debut sesson with the Black Cats and has netted just eight times in the top flight in the two seasons since. His goals have dried up and with age has brought a sudden decline in his apparent ability. Then we have the Togo striker, Adebayor. Monk and Swansea have prided themselves on making their moves in the market early, so why would they leave it this late to try and get Adebayor who played just eight games in the league last season. Short of ftiness and lacking in goals, the striker would just bring problems.
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Additionally, both players aren’t used to the constant high pressing of the Swansea style, having really been poachers in their times at their clubs. Furthermore, I can’t see Gomis or Eder being happy if they were pushed down the pecking order for either of these two target men. If they came on the cheap, had small wages and were clearly happy to be third choice strikers; then perhaps you could understand the reasoning behind it all. However, simply it goes against all of the Jacks’ way of doing things.