Finishing in 18th place in the 2017/18 Premier League season, Swansea City have been relegated. The Welsh club managed just 28 goals in the 38 game season. Now that the season is done and the transfer window is open, the LFCTR team was tasked with picking just one player from each of the three relegated sides. In part 2 of the 3 part series we take a look at Swansea. What player, if any, would you sign?
At 26, Ayew is at the age where a player can really come into their own and I believe Klopp can help do that with the system that Liverpool play. At 182cm, he can play across the front line with his preferred position being RM/RW giving Liverpool another squad member who can deputize any of our front three.
Ayew has 11 goals and two assists (13 total) across 45 appearances, but do not let the small numbers fool you, as Swansea were only able to score 43 times, with 8 of those coming against Notts County where Ayew did not touch the pitch. This means Ayew accounted for 38% of his clubs goals which is a pretty good return for a player that cost only five million pounds.
Give me Ayew for less than 15 million pounds and I believe he can help deputize a front line in desperate need of a resting when the fixture list gets long.
Jordan Ayew is the only player that I would be willing to bring on from Swansea this season and that is down to one thing– versatility. He has played as a striker, winger, attacking midfielder, and central midfielder and has managed to score 11 goals and 2 assists. In a team that managed just 43 goals, scoring 11 (38% of Swansea’s total goals) and assisting a further 2 is quite the accomplishment.
7 – Jordan Ayew has been involved in more Premier League goals for Swansea than any other player this season (5 goals, 2 assists), with all seven of his goal involvements coming in the second half. Gift.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2018
As the tweet from OptaJoe above points out, most of his impact has come when he is used as a substitute. Having a goalscoaring threat on the bench is always welcomed and supporters should not look at him as a Swansea player, but rather as someone who succeeded in an abysmal Swansea side. After almost signing his brother Andre a couple of years back, Liverpool should pounce at the opportunity to sign the right Ayew brother this summer.
Bear with me on this one guys and girls. A lot of people have tossed Butland’s name around as a potential back-up to Loris Karius for the 18/19 season, but here’s what I’d like to see happen.
I’d like to see Danny Ward be given the chance to deputise as No.2 ‘keeper to Karius and Łucasz Fabiański brought to the club as a No.3. The 33 year old Polish shot stopper has an experienced CV and would be a good set of hands for the other younger ‘keepers to learn from and be around. He’s a Premier League mainstay since his days at Arsenal and has won the FA Cup and played in the World Cup and Euros.
It’s a left-field choice and I understand I won’t have many like minded fans that agree with it. Luckily for them it’s highly unlikely it would ever happen (don’t run to the betting shops just yet) but I think it would be mutually beneficial for the club and our two promising current ‘keepers to have Fabiański around the squad.
Just over a season ago, Fabianski was being treated as one of the better goalkeepers of the lesser teams in the Premier League and have times really changed so much in a year that he would not be a good back-up keeper? If Mignolet is on the way out and with Loris Karius coming into his own, a newly relegated Fabianski would be happy to come and sit in the second position to Karius.
He’s got a load of PL experience and would be another level of secondary keeper, like that of Willy Caballero and Sergi Romero.
Coming in at 18th in the premier league we have the swans. In a horrendous season that saw Swansea change managers thrice they were relegated losing their last 5 games, falling just 4 points short of safety.
With speculation about Simon Mignolet’s future at Liverpool it could be prudent to bring in a reliable second choice stopper and Fabianski could fill that role well. Keeping an impressive 9 clean sheets and making some highlight reel worthy saves along the way Lukasz Fabianski has definitely improved since his time at Arsenal and could be a quality deputy to Loris Karius to give him a rest during cup runs.
From the Swans, midfielder Ki Sung-yeung is my sought after player. Despite only playing 22 games this season, the midfielder has created 15 goal scoring opportunities and maintained an impressive 90% passing accuracy.
The 550 passes Sung-yeung completed this season exceeds that of Gylfi Sigurdsson, who managed just 497 passes in five extra appearances.
Liverpool’s main worry currently is the lack of depth in the squad, particularly in midfield. Sung-yeung could be an important asset to padding out the middle of the pitch. He turned 29-years-old this year which means his seniority could benefit the younger players. Amongst an attack of players measuring at average height, Sung-yeung’s 6’1 build could be a slight yet beneficial feature.
The South Korean international has recently exited Swansea following relegation, expressing his frustration. His fight and desire to succeed is definitely admirable and fits the LFC mentality. A swoop for him could be nominal for the club and he could end up being a great substitute signing.
AC Milan showed interest in Sung-yeung earlier this year but he has admitted he is keen to stay in the Premier League. Taking on the role as a substitute in order to remain in the EPL at a top club may be exactly what he’s after.
When looking through Swansea’s first team squad, you can see why they were relegated. It is a squad that isn’t exactly brimming with talent, and one that (in my view) will struggle to bounce back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
There is, however, one player who stands out a country mile above the rest of his teammates – Alfie Mawson.
The 6’2 centre back played in every one of The Swans’ Premier League games throughout 2017-18 scoring twice, and was certainly one of the high points in what was a hugely disappointing season.
So, why would I pick Alfie Mawson?
The 24 year old is a proven Premier League quality defender, and his performances have not gone unnoticed with the likes of Spurs being linked in the last few weeks (https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/954914/tottenham-alfie-mawson-swansea-ryan-bertrand-summer-transfer-deal). He also notched the winner when Liverpool crashed to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium in January this year.
The Englishman, capped 6 times at Under 21 level, could also be viewed as a potential long-term partner for Virgil van Dijk, however whether or not he is at the level required to be in the Liverpool first XI would have to remain to be seen.
Is he an upgrade on Lovren? Probably not, but who else would you pick from a very poor Swansea squad?