Swansea City are potentially just 90 minutes from returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2018 when they take on Brentford tomorrow afternoon at Wembley Stadium.
Unlike other clubs who have been relegated in recent seasons from the top flight, the Swans have cut their cloth accordingly and have got rid of most of their big earners – apart from Andre Ayew who has been the difference maker on many occasions in the previous two campaigns.
They face a stiff task against Brentford in what is commonly known as the richest game in football, but even before they take to the pitch there may be some players in the Swansea squad who may never play for the club again.
Let’s look at two of those whose days at the Liberty Stadium may be numbered going into the 2021/22 season.
Routledge has been a loyal servant to Swansea having signed nearly 10 years ago now, but at the age of 36 and his contract expiring at the end of the current campaign, there were doubts as to whether he’d remain for 2021/22 – especially if promotion was secured.
The veteran winger would probably have featured in some form tomorrow afternoon at Wembley, however in the second leg of the semi-final clash with Barnsley, Routledge suffered a knee injury which saw him stretchered from the pitch.
In a crushing blow, an ACL injury has been confirmed which means that he will be missing for perhaps the rest of 2021, and a setback like that at his age is never the kind of injury you want to suffer.
Swansea may let Routledge stay to aid his recovery, but it’s unlikely that he’ll play for Swansea again.
Can you name the Swansea City player who has been carded the most in each of the last 16 seasons?
Swansea fans are probably still wondering why Freeman was signed in January – he was plying his trade for League One side Swindon until Steve Cooper came calling on deadline day in February to bring him to South Wales for an undisclosed fee.
When he was at Sheffield United in League One, Freeman was a quality wing-back and scored 10 goals in the 2016-17 campaign, but then lost his place to George Baldock as they moved up a league.
Having played just two games for Swindon this season it was a real surprise for Swansea to make a move for him, but it was seemingly just to cover injuries as Freeman – but he’s barely even been on the bench.
Expect the 29-year-old to depart once his contract has expired at the end of this season.