New Swansea signings must rise to the occasion

Swansea City have been able to perform a strong rebuild towards the end of the transfer window, despite the loss of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton.

The Icelandic midfielder was an integral part of the Swans’ push for survival last season, scoring a number of key goals, especially in the latter stages of the campaign.

However, the high standard of his performances were noticed by Everton, who made the 27-year-old one of their primary transfer targets.

After a long period of haggling, the two clubs eventually came to terms on a £45m deal, placing the deal in the top 25 of most lucrative transfers in the 25-year history of the Premier League.

The Swans would also lose last season’s top scorer Fernando Llorente on transfer deadline day to Tottenham. However, Paul Clement’s men were able to reinvest the money to sign Hull City’s promising midfielder Sam Clucas to fill the void in the middle of the park.

The club moved to re-sign Wilfried Bony from Manchester City to replace the lost goals from the departed duo – two years removed from selling the Ivorian to the Citizens.

Perhaps the strongest business the club performed was a coup to land Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich.

Renato Sanches
Renato Sanches

Clement used his excellent relationship with Carlo Ancelotti to pull off the feat, luring the talented Portuguese to the Liberty Stadium on a season-long loan deal after his career had stalled after one year with the Bundesliga champions.

The 20-year-old has immense talent but lost his way following his move to Bayern. However, the quality coaching of Clement could be the spark he needs to reignite his career ahead of the World Cup.

As a result of the quality the Swans have added, you would not expect to find them among the tips of Sports Predictor to be relegated from the Premier League.

However, a lot will rest on the skill of Clement and his ability to get the new pieces of his squad firing immediately.

Wilfried Bony - Swans on this DayBony was outstanding for the Welsh club before his move to City. The Ivorian scored 17 goals in his first season in the Premier League and was well on his way to another strong season before leaving for the Etihad Stadium.

He struggled for form during his sporadic appearances for City, while his loan spell last term at Stoke City proved to be equally fruitless.

Should he return to the form of his previous tenure at the club then there’s no reason why Swansea should not be competing for a top-half place – much like their eighth-place finish in the 2014-15 term.

The form of Sanches and Clucas will be equally important in the final third. Sigurdsson accounted for nine of the club’s goal last season due to his brilliance from set-pieces.

The two new signings will have to rise to the occasion to fill the void, especially the Portuguese who has the opportunity to revitalise his reputations as one of the brightest prospects in Europe.

If they perform, expect a strong showing throughout the Premier League campaign for Clement’s men.