Three Premier League Youngsters Who Could Spend Next Season at the Liberty Stadium

Steve Cooper enjoyed a productive first season in club management as he guided the Swans to the Championship play-offs.

The former England Under-17 World Cup winning coach was aided and abetted by a number of familiar faces, with the Pontypridd-born coach persuading some of the country’s top talents to join him in South Wales.

The 40-year old had previously worked with striker Rhian Brewster and defender Marc Guehi during his time in charge of the Young Lions, and the club’s transfer activity is expected to follow a similar pattern this summer.

We take a look at three young Premier League players who could potentially benefit from a switch to the second tier next season. 

Joel Latibeaudiere

The young defender captained the Under-17s to World Cup success three years ago, yet unlike many of his teammates, he has seemingly failed to kick on.

He spent last season in the Eredivisie on loan at FC Twente, and although he admits that he would have liked some more game time in Enschede, he believes that his spell in Europe has significantly helped his development

Joel Latibeaudiere

Although they have several cup commitments, and will also have a relatively short pre-season due to their European exploits, Pep Guardiola is unlikely to give Latibeaudiere too many chances to impress next season.

The Citizens are 2/1 in the odds on the UEFA Champions League winner, and with their relatively well-stocked squad, they appear to have more than enough depth to cope with the busy schedule.

As a result, 20-year old Latibeaudiere may be better off dropping a division and linking up with his former boss at the Liberty Stadium. 

George McEachran 

Another player who has recently spent time in the Dutch top flight is Chelsea midfielder George McEachran.

He signed a new contract last summer, and with the Blues having promoted multiple academy products to the first team recently, he may not have to wait too long until he’s given the opportunity to impress in West London. 

However, Chelsea have already added Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to their squad, and Frank Lampard has reportedly prioritised new signings this summer.

This could potentially be bad news for the 19-year old, and a loan spell in the Championship may be his best option.

Fellow Blues star Conor Gallagher recently benefited from spending time in South Wales, and having previously worked under Cooper, Swansea appears to be the obvious choice for this talented holding midfielder.

Some Swans fans may well remember George’s older brother, Josh McEachran, who arrived at the Liberty Stadium on loan in January 2012, linking up with former Blues youth coach Brendan Rodgers.

Nya Kirby 

The silky midfielder played in six of the seven games at the Under-17 World Cup, and although he has yet to really progress at Crystal Palace, a loan spell may just be the answer.

Nya Kirby

He spent time at Blackpool, and although he was used as a bit-part player, he showed flashes of brilliance by the seaside. 

He has been training with the first-team in recent months, however, his opportunities have been limited under pragmatic boss Roy Hodgson.

Swansea’s brand of attacking football is likely to bring the best out of the skillful midfielder, and his ability to sidestep an opponent is likely to sit well with the Cooper and his coaching staff.

A potential deal is likely to benefit both parties, and Kirby’s easy-on-the-eye style should complement the club’s possession-based brand of football. 

There are hundreds of young players who are desperate to be given the chance to impress in the Championship, and having established a good working relationship with a number of Premier League clubs, Swansea should be able to take their pick this summer.

However, Joel Latibeaudiere, George McEachran and Nya Kirby have all previously worked with the Swans boss, and are likely to relish the chance to link up with him again next season.