Swansea City manager Graham Potter has revealed that they have started plans for the Summer transfer window.
It’s a fair assumption that once again there’ll be a lot of squad changes in the Summer and no doubt more outs than ins as the club need to address the likes of Wayne Routledge, Luciano Narsingh, Leroy Fer, Mike van der Hoorn and Martin Olsson whose contracts expire.
They will also have to deal with the returns of the loan players – Jordan Ayew, Andre Ayew, Borja Baston, Wilfried Bony and Jefferson Montero. You would expect that the club will want to offload all of them again to reduce the wage bill.
So you can see that once again, there will be some big holes left to fill within the sqaud before next season starts in August.
Graham Potter said this week:
“We’re in constant talks [me and Kyle],”
“It’s probably going to be a flexible situation that we’ll have to adapt to and understand because there are still some financial things we need to clear up in the summer, so we have to have a few plans in place and be prepared to adapt to what is not a straightforward situation.
“That’s the job and that’s the challenge.
“I think we’re on something of a linear line if you like and he [Kyle] sort of looks at the situation we have internally and looks at the current group, looks at the possibilities outside and we have the conversation about what we think is the right thing to do going forward.” – Graham Potter
Potter still finds himself in a tough situation where he has a squad with many players who are either on wages that are too high and players who are out of contract. Together with that, he’s also employed by a club that don’t have the finances to improve and build the squad. They need to save money but having said that, other clubs have managed to build a squad with free transfers – leaders Norwich City are the best example of that.
Talking about the finances, Potter added:
“I think that the Championship is perhaps littered with examples where the financial side of things hasn’t been done as well as it probably can but we just have to look at ourselves and maintain the idea of being a responsible football club that’s able to be here.
“You don’t want to be in a position where you’re threatened with not existing any more.
“Everybody should have that responsibility, but when the prize is so big, the Premier League and the implications that it has, you can see how it’s easy to get distracted from that.
“But the reality of it is that we have to be a responsible club and aware of our position in the community here. If you’re financially secure, you can then aim for the Premier League and aim for getting back to here you want to be.”
We are still waiting for the club to publicly release their financial accounts for 2017/18 allowing us to do some further analysis in our financial state following on from our article below: