Andre Ayew has emerged as one of the most prominent figures at Swansea City in recent years.
His ability on the football pitch has deservedly earned the highest respect from the club’s fan-base, but at this point, his future is as unclear as ever.
The Ghanaian international has one of the division’s most sizeable contract and with interest likely this summer, his Swansea career could be coming to an end.
Of course, should Swansea achieve promotion, then Ayew’s situation may change but even if Premier League football is secured, Ayew may still be looking for a move elsewhere.
The replacements that Swans will be keeping an eye on will be fully dependent on what division they will start the 2021/22 campaign in.
Here we identify three potential options they could look at…
19-year-old Nuni Madueke is one of England’s finest talents and is currently plying his trade at PSV Eindhoven.
Perhaps to make such a move a possibility, Swansea would need to clinch promotion this season, but the 19-year-old’s versatility makes him an appealing option.
Madueke typically operates on the right winger, but has been deployed as a striker and an attacking midfielder in his short career thus far. In 19 Eredivisie appearances this year, the England Under-21 international has scored seven times and has assisted a further six. His statistics completely back up the hype around his name and would certainly appeal to Steve Cooper’s side, should promotion be achieved.
Cooper spent the early stages of his managerial career with the England youth team, winning the Under-17 World Cup and is rightfully held in high regard by everyone involved in the national team. The 41-year-old also secured the loan signing of Rhian Brewster in the 2019-20 campaign, and seemingly got the best out of the highly-rated forward.
Cooper has turned Swansea into an ideal destination for emerging talent, and if Premier League football is secured next season, Mandueke could be viewed as an attainable transfer target.
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West Bromwich Albion striker Charlie Austin is a player that will be in demand come summer. The 31-year-old’s contract expires in the summer and a move to the Liberty Stadium could benefit all parties involved. Austin had not been given much of a chance in the Premier League this season before securing a loan move to QPR in January, and has since proved an excellent addition to Mark Warburton’s squad.
Perhaps it would be a move that could be looked if Swansea remain in the Championship, but Austin is an ambitious player and would be eager for another Premier League opportunity.
Austin’s return to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium sparked an upturn in form for the West London side. His goal-scoring touch was a welcomed sight to a side who had been struggling for goals prior to his arrival. He is also a particularly clever forward who manages to create space for himself with his footwork and constant running.
League One has provided both the Championship and the Premier League with forwards of the highest calibre in recent years, and Peterborough United’s Jonson Clarke-Harris is the latest player to be showing similar signs.
The 26-year-old leads the race for League One’s golden boot with 25 goals to his name this season, which includes 12 in his last 13 matches. His ability in front of goal coupled with his raw physicality, has propelled Clarke-Harris into the division’s most-feared striker and has seamlessly filled the void left by Ivan Toney.
The Swans do not tend to dip into the lower leagues very often, but will certainly be aware of the progress the forward is making. They will also be inspired by Toney’s story and how quickly he was able to adapt to plying his trade in a higher division.