In one of the busiest summer transfer windows on record, we’ve seen outrageous money trading hands all across the globe with the two most expensive purchases being made and smashing previously held records. The Premier League has been no exception as the English elite looked to strengthen their sides for the new campaign. But while many debate over which of the country’s leading clubs accomplished the most successful business, allow me to direct your attention to a club who may well have pinched this title from under the noses of the league’s best – Swansea City.
Most notably, their acquisition of Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich on a season-long loan ranks highly amongst the best business achieved by any club. The 20-year old midfielder has struggled to lock down regular game time for the German champions and thus, speculation grew surrounding a potential loan move. The biggest question hanging in the balance was: where would the Portuguese prospect end up? But what nobody could have answered with a straight face was Swansea City – until yesterday. His agility, skill and unwavering energy will introduce a dynamic that could not only fill the looming void left by Joe Allen’s departure, but surpass it.
Earlier in the window, they agreed another loan move for a youngster tipped for the big leagues in the foreseeable future. Tammy Abraham stepped up from a spectacular campaign in the Championship last season with Bristol City where he netted 23 times in 41 appearances to try his hand in the Premier League. Chelsea and England fans will be licking their lips at this forward’s hunger and eye for goal and after scoring his first Premier League goal last weekend, many believe Abraham will have no trouble finding the net over the course of the season for Swansea.
Alongside Jordan Ayew and Tammy Abraham up top, Clement added another option to his enviable forward line during deadline day with Wilfried Bony making a return to the Liberty Stadium for a £13 million fee from Manchester City. Bony established himself as one of the most natural goal scoring talents in the division during the 13/14 season where he found the net seventeen times. A second season plighted by injury saw him only register nine goals but having only featured in twenty, the statistic holds up pretty well. During spells at Manchester City and a loan move to Stoke last season, Bony’s form dipped considerably due to a lack of appearances. The chance to find his feet on familiar soil is too perfect of a story to not get behind and if anyone can restore Bony’s form, it is Swansea.
The signings of Sam Clucas and Roque Mesa from Hull City and UD Las Palmas respectively, have added some much needed competition on the left-hand side and through the middle of the park. Former Heerenveen stopper Erwin Mulder has strengthened the numbers between the sticks after signing on a free transfer.
But what most will point towards to argue against the Welsh side’s chances are the losses they’ve suffered. Playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson finally completed his switch to fellow Premier League club Everton for a reported figure of just under £50 million. Fernando Llorente made his switch to the capital with the 32-year old leaving for Spurs for £13 million. In addition to these, midfielder Jack Cork left the club in favour of Burnley and both Modou Barrow and Marvin Emnes left the club in permanent deals to lesser clubs.
It’s easy to see why some will attach a negative stimulus to the business conducted but in the short term, the ins far outweigh the outs. More importantly, there is enough time between now and the next window and even longer between now and next season for Paul Clement and his team to consolidate the side and plan appropriately for the club’s longevity in the division
If their business is anything to go by, we could well see the beginning of a resurgence at Swansea under Clement after successive years of misery following the incredible feats achieved during the Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup eras.
Have your say. Do you agree? If not, who has had the best transfer window?