We skipped last week’s TAWE Blog – for a few reasons really – not much had happened since the week before and I was too busy enjoying the World Cup to pen some thoughts on the latest Swansea City news!
This week we saw us kick off our pre-season campaign at Yeovil Town. Graham Potter was in a dugout for the first time in his Swansea City training gear, naming a young squad as he was missing a number of senior players including Sam Clucas, Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony while Jordan Ayew was an unused substitute at Huish Park.
We got in touch with Swans fan Declan Terry who kindly shared his views on how the game played out. You can read them in the article linked below:
Not everybody was impressed with our first half efforts after going a goal down at the break – but regardless of the result – which was a 2-1 win in the end and doesn’t matter at all, the lack of real strength in depth and experience within the squad currently remains a concern.
Great goal by Grimes to win it right at the end!
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) July 10, 2018
The Need More Experience In The Squad
Talking about the need for more experience in the squad, Federico Fernandez spoke about his future, or lack of it at Swansea this week, and mentioned that the “idea” of the club is to mix the younger players with experience. Lets hope that “idea” becomes a reality over the next few weeks.
Better News (slightly) on Transfers and Contracts
It’s not fantastic, but we’ve added to the squad since the last blog with the arrival of 19-year-old left back Jordi Govea, and Sunderland forward Joel Asoro is expected to be confirmed early next week. It’s two more young, inexperienced players to add to Yan Dhanda, and hopefully now Potter and his team will look to establish more experienced targets.
On the contract front, Oli McBurnie ended speculation linking him with Leeds and Rangers by signing a new three-year contract. George Byers’ new two-year contract also pleased supporters after his existing deal expired last month.
Asoro loved to take on defenders and has lightning quick pace. Only issue is his finishing but he works best as a winger anyway. Has bags of potential and could easily be sold on for at least 20 million in a year or two. You have a great player on your hands.
— Matty (@MattyKB1) July 10, 2018
Who’s Next To Leave…
Our expected exodus hasn’t really kick-started yet. West Ham are apparently back in for Alfie Mawson, but it’s maybe possible that his knee injury is slowing down any progression on that move. Federico Fernandez is pondering over a move to Russian side Krasnodar, but it looks like he’d rather move to a Premier League club. Andre Ayew played at Yeovil but he is expected to join Besiktas on a season-long loan. It’s also gone quiet on Jordan Ayew after Fulham had a £8m bid rejected.
Defender Kyle Bartley is on the verge of joining West Bromwich Albion for a fee of around £4m, which would increase our overall transfer income so far this Summer to around £16m – Lucasz Fabianski (£6m), Roque Mesa (£6m). Mawson could leave for £15-20m and Jordan Ayew could also leave for around £10m, providing a club is prepared to pay that for his services. Of that £16m – which could potentially rise up to almost £50m – we’ve spent zero so far, with £2m to be paid for Joel Asoro.
Graham Potter Q&A with the fans
Graham Potter and his coaching staff impressed Swans fans at the Q&A session last week, you can watch the highlights video on the official site here
— G ???????? (@ghs_1986) July 7, 2018