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Can Swansea City follow the likes of Huddersfield, QPR, Blackburn & Luton?

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Swansea City are going through a season of transition under new head coach Russell Martin having been brought in to implement a possession-based style of play following Steve Cooper’s departure.

This season was never expected to match the previous two in terms of league position. Two consecutive play-off place finishes seemed unrealistic after seeing further outgoings amongst the playing staff.

Cooper had the luxury of Andre Ayew and a few high-quality Premier League loans in an effort to get the Swans back to the Premier League but failing both times at the hands of Brentford. Swansea City then decided to hit the reset button in an attempt to improve the style of play under a very inexperienced manager in Russell Martin.

A 15th-place finish this season always looked like a realistic target for me this year, even back in the early months of the season when we occupied that league position. Currently, the Swans are falling just short of that in 17th but they do have some games in hand over their rivals.

Whilst some fans are patient and have belief that Russell Martin is the right man for the job, many others’ patience has ran out. We’re still seeing the issues that have hindered us since the very start of the season, our defensive shape is leaving us wide open and we’re gifting teams opportunities to score far too often. The argument is that if us fans can see it, then why can’t the manager?

However, we can’t just keep on sacking managers before they’re even a third of the way through their contract. It means more money to pay them off and less money to bring in better players in the Summer. And if we did sack him, does the next manager then get 6-8 months to get things right, and if not, we sack him too?

I’m sure that the club have no thoughts whatsoever about Russell’s future and that, at the very least, he’ll get a Summer window and probably until the January 2023 window to get things right. If we are in this same boat in a year’s time then I expect we’ll most certainly consider his future in South Wales.

That’s why then that this Summer’s transfer window is huge. Huge for Swansea City and also huge for Russell Martin, too.

There won’t be much money available unless we can make a big player sale or two so the club will have to be clever and shrewd.

The likes of Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town, QPR and Luton have all experienced a significant performance improvement thanks to clever recruitment and sticking with their manager.

But can the Swans replicate their success – both in the transfer market and on the pitch?

Over the last couple of seasons, Huddersfield have made a transfer profit of around £27m, relying on mostly free transfers in and a couple of low fee signings despite seeing the likes of Karlan Grant (£15m), Steve Mounie (£4.5m), Ramadan Sobhi (£4.5m) and Terence Kongolo (£4m) all depart in the same season (20/21).

After a struggle last year that saw them finish just above the drop-zone, they’re now challenging for the play-offs under the same manager.

It’s a similar story for QPR who have stuck with their manager Mark Warburton:

And Blackburn Rovers:

And also Luton Town:

The two constant key elements behind the improvement and success of these clubs have been good player recruitment and keeping faith in the right manager. Can the Swans get their recruitment right in the Summer? Do they have the right manager to deliver if we do get the recruitment right?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Jeremy Horgan says:

    Martin will need finance to recruit his targets. Unless he is backed he will be limited and ultimately Swansea will fail. Selling our better players to finance transfers is self defeating. We need to add better players to our better players in order to progress.

  • jimbo says:

    lets hope we don’t have to sell too soon. if i had a big cheque book i would buy at least four luton player, and i am sure big teams are looking. good that we have some very promising young players waiting for the call. just need a chance.COYH.

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