Swansea City’s chances of finishing in the top 6 of the Championship this season are extremely high according to bookmakers.
That being said, with the January transfer window not too far away, the Swans don’t necessarily have to wait until then to bolster the core of their ranks.
One way to boost Steve Cooper’s youthful team, would be through the addition of some experienced old heads who are currently free agents and shouldn’t cost a fortune.
There are a number of free agents who are on the hunt for a new club after failing to find new homes since the summer, some of whom have valuable experience which would surely help Steve Cooper’s quest to secure a return to the Premier League for the Swans.
Ojo Olayiwola Adisa, a columnist who writes regularly for Football Weeks, has identified five players that Swansea City could sign to provide a timely boost to their ranks.
The former Australia captain helped Crystal Palace secured a promotion to the Premier League in 2013, spending four seasons in the top-flight before leaving Selhurst Park to join Aston Villa in the summer of 2016 on a £4m deal.
Last season, the defensive-midfielder – who can also play well as a centre-back and central midfielder – registered 18 appearances in all outings during Villa’s promotion-winning season and, despite being at the age of 35, Jedinak’s experience in earning his side promotion could be vital for Swansea City.
Our second on the list is 28-year-old Ben Marshall, who should be in the prime years of his career but rather is without a club following his exit from Norwich City in the summer, having spent last season on loan with Millwall.
Marshall, who started his career with Stoke City, was floated around a number of EFL clubs and made four appearances for the Canaries in the promotion-winning season last season before he moved to joined Millwall. Being able to play at right back or on the wing would make Marshall a versatile acquisition.
27-year-old Jordon Mutch is certainly a well-travelled player, with his last two places of employment being in South Korea and Canada. At his age though, he still has a lot left to offer and this could be a vital opportunity for Swansea.
The midfielder actually enjoyed promotion to the Premier League twice during his time in English football, although he didn’t make much appearances for Birmingham City during the 2008-09 season, but he did registered 23 appearances across all competitions for Cardiff City during the 2012-13 season.
He is rated by former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers, who tried to sign the former Bluebird in November 2016, when he was boss of Scottish SPL side Celtic.
The former Scotland international registered 32 appearances for Sunderland during the 2006-07 season, when the Black Cats secured promotion to the Premier League, and was also part of Sean Dyche’s promotion team with Burnley in the 2014-15 season.
Now at the age of 34 one could argue that the fact he appeared just once for Fleetwood Town in League One last season is a concern, but Ross Wallace could be a useful asset and one that would be beneficial for the Swans.
Jack Rodwell has been a free-agent since he left Blackburn Rovers in the summer. Rodwell, a former Everton and Manchester City midfielder, has seen his career stalled in recent years, but looks promising when a report linked with a move to Italian side AS Roma.
While Roma as opt against signing the 28-year-old midfielder, Rodwell experience in the long-run would added bonus for the Championship outfit in their bid to secure promotion to the Premier League.
Of course, only time will tell if the Swans hierarchy decide there is a need to dip into their pockets during the January transfer window, but the likelihood is that the answer to that question will surely depend on where Steve Cooper’s men sit in the Championship table when the transfer window opens on New Year’s Day.