This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has a few weeks left to put the finishing touches to his squad, as he looks to try and achieve a top six finish in the Championship next season, in what will be his first appointment at senior level, having held various posts at Academy, U16 and U17 level.
With Dan James already departed and speculation surrounding the future of Oli McBurnie, Steve Cooper is likely to be examining the transfer window for potential new recruits.
So what does Cooper need to add to his Swansea side in the last few weeks of the window?
“A lot is going to depend on who leaves, with Oli McBurnie the obvious worry.
“If he goes then Swansea are losing most of their goals and that will be a massive concern for the manager and he will be hard to replace.
“You could argue another striker is needed anyway as they don’t have much depth up top and an experienced, defensive midfielder who knows the league and would add steel to the centre of the park would also be welcome.
“Then, they could perhaps do with another wide man to replace Dan James. They arguably have enough options at the club but those players haven’t convinced last season.
“So, major work isn’t needed and pre-season has been extremely positive, so 2-3 additions to the current group would leave the Swans in a good position.”
“Swansea have been quiet in this transfer window, and you do feel they will have to strengthen before the start of the season if they are to push on under Cooper next season.
“When you look at their activity so this summer, I think the obvious concern for me is that they have yet to bring a direct replacement for Dan James into the squad.
“James pace, creativity and ability was a key asset for Swansea last season, and you feel they will miss it badly if they do not bring in an alternative to the young winger ahead of the coming campaign.
“Admittedly it will be difficult for the Swans to bring someone in on the same level as James, but I do think another option out wide to take the role previously played by the 21-year-old could be worth considering.
“Elsewhere, another striker may be worth considering, particularly with Jordan Ayew’s return to Crystal Palace edging closer and the future of Oli McBurnie still not entirely certain amid reports linking him with a move to Sheffield United.”
“I think that Swansea should be looking to add another creative player to their squad over the next few weeks of the transfer window.
“Obviously, they aren’t going to find a player who is fast as Dan James, nor has as much potential as the youngster, but if they can find a new winger who has end product, then that would be a shrewd signing.
“By all accounts, it looks like they will be signing Kasey Palmer from Chelsea on loan, who can be a very talented playmaker on his day.
“Apart from that, Cooper looks like he has a good squad, but keeping McBurnie at the Liberty Stadium will be the most important thing he does this summer.”