Saturday, June 23, 2018

Losing Gylfi Sigurdsson could be disastrous for Swansea

According to the Daily Mail Everton have agreed a fee for Swansea attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson

According to reports from the Daily Mail, Everton have agreed a fee of around £32million with Swansea for Icelandic attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The Toffees are currently attempting to seal the return of Wayne Rooney to Goodison Park. It seems Sigurdsson may be the next through the Finch Farm entry door this summer.

For me, this will be an excellent signing for Everton. However, for Swansea, the Icelandic star could be a terrible loss.

Had a major say in keeping Swansea up last season

The noises coming out of Swansea suggested they did not want to sell Sigurdsson. The biggest reason for their reluctance being that the attacking midfielder played a crucial part in the Swans survival last season.

Sigurdsson scored nine goals and produced 13 assists for the Swans in the Premier League to help them avoid the drop last season. Without the attacking midfielder, the Welsh side would have been plying their trade in the Championship next season.

No doubt, he is a cut above the rest of the Swansea team. Striker Fernando Llorente benefitted greatly from the service provided by the Icelandic star. The former Athletic Bilbao striker needs that sort of supply line to score goals.

Sigurdsson was not a flat-track bully for the Welsh side, either, as he scored vital goals against the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton of course.

A major worry for Swansea

Losing Sigurdsson this summer would be a major worry for the Swans and boss Paul Clement. Word on the grapevine suggests he fancies a move to Merseyside. That puts the Welsh side in a difficult situation.

The money on offer is big money for the club, even in the inflated crazy transfer market. However, in the current market, they would not be able to replace Sigurdsson it is as simple as that.

Where would the Swans find a player that is as influential as the Icelandic star? It would be nay on impossible. A player of Sigurdsson calibre would cost a fortune. Then there is the question could the Welsh could persuade a high quality to join them? To be fair Swansea managed to attract Sigurdsson to the club, so they could do it again.

The Swans survived relegation to the second tier by the skin of their teeth last season after looking destined for the drop.

The Welsh club have not been that active in the transfer market, maybe waiting to see what happened with Sigurdsson, Llorente and Alfie Mawson who have all attracted the interest from teams in the top seven of the Premier League last season.

If Swansea did sell one of their star players, the money received needs to be invested in replacements. Last summer the club sold Ashley Williams and Andre Ayew but failed to replace them.

Only in the latter part of the season bargain buy Alfie Mawson emerged as a decent replacement for Williams. Swansea cannot afford another summer of selling their best players and failing to replace them.

Last summer should be a lesson to the Welsh club. Paul Clement has made a promising start to life at the Liberty Stadium. However, he cannot afford to lose any of the quality players in his squad this summer.

Swansea will be relegation candidates next season

Swansea have added a lot to the Premier League since their promotion back in 2011. However, for the past few years, they have sailed a bit close to the wind when it comes to relegation battles. If they sell Sigurdsson, I suggest their odds of 9/4 to suffer relegation next season will shorten.

Every team has a highly influential player, who without they struggle to win games. For Swansea, that player is Gylfi Sigurdsson, so if there is any truth in the Daily Mail story then I really do fear for the Swans Premier League status next season.

Will Swansea be relegation candidates next season?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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