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Nathanael Ogbeta – A closer look at Swansea City’s new left wing-back

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Swansea City completed the £300,000 signing of Shrewsbury Town left-back Nathanael Ogbeta in the final minutes of the transfer window last night so we thought we’d take a closer look to see what we might expect from the new signing.

After allowing Jake Bidwell to leave on a free to join fellow Championship side Coventry City, it was vital that the Swans brought in a left wing-back option. In Bidwell’s absence, centre-back Latibeaudiere has been filling in and whilst he has tried his best in a challenging position for a defender, it’s been clear how much we need a proper left-sided wing-back there, especially in Russell Martin’s system that relies heavily on high, attacking wing-backs to create attacking opportunities.

So, with that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at the 20-year-old and see what we can offer us as well take a look at Twitter and comments made from Shrewsbury fans.

Swansea City clinch left wing-back signing in final moments of deadline day

Having watched some of his play this season, I can see what Steve Waters means in his tweet below. His defensive work is far from excellent. He doesn’t look the strongest when up against runners and he can be dribbled past quite easily at times but it’s important to note that most of his work in Martin’s system will be in attack. The wing-backs are practically wingers with very limited defensive work required.

On the front foot and in open space is where he really excels. A good turn of pace, has a good skillset and can whip in and curl some excellent low crosses in behind the opposition’s defensive line. His assist in the cup game against Liverpool is a perfect example of that.

“Well s**t. No doubt we knew this day was coming at some point but had rather hoped he would have spent a bit longer than he has with us. Couple that with him being in and then out and then in again I don’t think we really made the most of his stay with us. Just feels as though we have missed out on something here.

Good luck to him of course but disappointed to see him go.” –
Shrewsbury Town forum post

“Thought he was brilliant today All the pundits raving about hime  Just hope we can hang on to him in January”  – Shrewsbury Town forum post

“Very impressed with his performance. A real gem of a player that the club need to hang on too.”

“Ogbeta will be another player that we will have let slip through the net & I can guarantee he’ll go for big money in the future.
It’s insane as to how obvious his talent is but seemingly the powers that be do their best to scupper any signing of a new longer contract.”

There are obviously going to be weaknesses to his game, he’s still very young and raw. Is he ready to make the step up to the Championship? Possibly not right now but he has half a season and a full Summer pre-season to prepare for 2022-23.

He sounds like a really exciting prospect and one that could really excel in a more advanced role. His crossing ability will be very useful but he can also move inside and link up in attacking moves. He has some pace which we desperately need and overall, Swansea fans should be excited with this news of Ogbeta’s arrival.

The Swans need to continue picking up talents in League One for low fees, just like this and Flynn Downes from Ipswich.

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