The deal taking Dan James from Swansea to Manchester United was finally confirmed today, and whilst the Swans received £18 million for his services, it has left a gaping hole on the left side of the attack.
James had a considerable amount of pace, frightening at times, and he brought great energy down the flanks – his counter-attack goal against Brentford a prime example of that.
In total last season he made 38 appearances, and contributed with five goals and 10 assists, a decent return for a young player enjoying his first full season in the professional game, but he is certainly not irreplaceable.
Swansea cut back considerably on their spending last season, which was a contributing factor to James and other young players being involved with the first-team.
However, they will need to spend to propel replace James, but there is concern in South Wales that the cut-backs will continue.
Despite that, here we look at THREE potential targets to replace the Wales international…
The Portsmouth winger has been the centre of much transfer speculation this summer with a number of Championship clubs including Leeds, Millwall and Wigan interested in the 24-year-old.
However, now that Swansea have an injection of cash at their disposal they may be able to offer Pompey the highest fee, but it remains to be seen whether any of the James money will be spent elsewhere in the squad.
If they do, Swansea fans can look forward to an exciting, explosive winger who chips in with his fair share of goals. He scored 17 in total for Portsmouth last season, with nine assists too – he is certainly ready to take on the Championship.
Kent is another player in the middle of a transfer tussle, with both Leeds and Rangers – where he spent last season on loan – interested in the Liverpool winger.
However, it is possible Swansea could nip in and steal him away, since those two clubs are unwilling to meet the demands of The Reds. Leeds want to take the 22-year-old on loan but Liverpool want a permanent move worth £12 million, which Rangers are unwilling to meet.
It is unlikely that Swansea will be willing to shell out that much on one player too, but Kent would be worth it. He had a great season last year at Rangers and will only continue to improve. He could be a bargain for Swansea and they could fetch a much higher price for him in the future.
This would be a riskier move from Swansea, but one they could more realistically hope to sign.
The Fleetwood man had a very productive season, scoring eight goals and contributing with ten assists, so he would appear ready to make the step up.
Hunter could come in and provide service for Oil McBurnie straight away and in a few years could be a top Championship player, so he is certainly one to think about for Swansea.