The January transfer window closes at 11pm this Friday.
For clubs in the Championship, the January transfer window provides a refuelling point for those chasing promotion or fighting for survival, but few in the division have had as impressive a window as Swansea City.
Steve Cooper first completed the long-awaited, and highly-anticipated loan-signing of Rhian Brewster from Liverpool.
He was followed through the door by another young and highly-regarded youngster in Chelsea’s Marc Guehi and soon after that, Conor Gallagher was brought in until the end of the season from Stamford Bridge as well.
Swansea now look ready to battle for a top-six finish. Their form took a real hit through August and September but the ship has since settled, and Cooper’s side remain in the running for a play-off spot come May.
But will Cooper look to get rid of any players in the final few days of the transfer window? Here’s two players that he should look to move on:
The 27-year-old has played just eight league games for Swansea his season, and with the arrival of Gallagher, he’ll see his game-time cut even shorter.
He’s one of the club’s longest-serving players having been involved with them since 2014. The ex-Tottenham man has been slowly slipping into the doldrums in South Wales though, and it may be time for him to move on and for Cooper to free up some more space on the wage bill.
A fine player, no doubt, but Cooper has a lot of young players on the up and Carroll will play nothing more than a rotational role if he remains at the club for the rest of the season.
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Swansea’s Spanish striker looked like he could claim the Championship’s Golden Boot at the start of the season, but the 27-year-old has since seen his form dwindle and his starting spot go out the window.
Baston looks set to play a bit-part role for the remainder of the season, especially with the arrival of Brewster. There’s also Liam Cullen – the 20-year-old has been in prolific form for the club’s development side and Cooper could well be forced to promote him in the coming weeks.
With his last goal coming back in October, Baston’s time at Swansea looks to be running out – he’ll likely be one of the bigger earners at the club too, and Cooper could well send him packing this week if the offers are there.