According to ESPN, Swansea City could well be English football’s “Smartest” in the transfer market since gaining promotion to the top flight in 2011.
ESPN have taken a look back at Swansea’s transfer business since they arrived in the Premier League. The Swans haven’t spent an awful lot of money over the past few years, but despite being tipped for relegation almost every season, they have been consistently solid and have turned themselves into an established Premier League side.
Over the years, Swansea have signed the likes of Michel Vorm, Michu, Jonjo Shelvey, Gylfi Sigurdsson and many, many more players who stand out. The majority of signings have had good impacts at the Liberty Stadium, and the captures of Eder, Andre Ayew, Franck Tabanou and Kristoffer Nordfeldt this summer, may have taken the Swans to the next level.
Where as the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and numerous other clubs have spent big bucks to bring in their recruits, Swansea have taken more of a subtle approach, which looks to have had the desired effect. Here’s ESPN’s take on Swansea’s summer business;
Like Gomis, Ayew arrived on a free transfer from Ligue 1 (Marseille, in the Ghanaian’s case) albeit with the deal lubricated by a signing-on fee of £5.7m, according to reports in France. Like the striker, the winger has begun the season in the goals, prompting the thought he could be the signing of the summer.
Gomis’ form means Portugal international Eder has been confined to cameos so far, while Tabanou has been an unused substitute in all three games. Yet the Frenchman’s arrival, following on from the January arrival of Naughton, is a sign Monk is quietly looking to bring more dynamism to the full-back positions.
Swansea face Manchester United this Sunday at the Liberty Stadium, as they look to continue their strong start to the season.