After being a club who set an example for the Premier League newcomers a few years ago, Swansea have dug themselves a hole and are barely hanging on now after a calamitous year and a half. After sacking Garry Monk, who is doing really well at Leeds by the way, Swansea are in dire need of an inspiring second half of the season to prolong their stay in the top flight.
After the recent sacking of Bob Bradley, the club could place Paul Clement in the hot seat and his immediate task will be to assess the squad and sign some fresh faces in the transfer window. It’s not going to be easy signing players when your club is at the bottom of the table, just ask Aston Villa.
Clement will have to get to work soon, if he hasn’t already, assessing who can be a good option. The papers have linked the Swans with Barcelona outcast Aleix Vidal who is likely to move.
Barcelona’s defence has often flattered to deceive but despite that, Vidal has rarely featured in Enrique’s plans. After making a name for himself at Sevilla, he was brought in to replace Dani Alves who had been a key player for the Blaugrana in the last eight years. But Vidal has struggled to match his spell at Sevilla.
Swansea have been pretty dire defensively and have conceded a lot of goals in the last four games. They have the worst defence in the Premier League and need defensive reinforcements. Signing a right back will help as Vidal can contribute going forward as well. Vidal had an assist return of seven in the 14-15 La Liga season and scored four as well, so he can be a brilliant outlet from the right and provide Llorente good service with his crosses.
Vidal’s workrate is pretty impressive and he’s had a brilliant engine to bombard up and down the flanks. He’s also a player who doesn’t lose possession often in a game. He’s only played two games this season though and will need some time before he can show his true ability on the pitch. With the ageing Angel Rangel and the inconsistent Kyle Naughton, Swansea could do with a good right-back.
Swansea simply have to spend money in the transfer window if they have any hopes of surviving. No matter who takes over the team, the players aren’t good enough. They’ll have to move in quickly as he’s attracting interest from Fenerbahce as well. Premier League side Southampton will also provide competition to the Welsh side.