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Former Swansea City forward Jamal Lowe has joined AFC Bournemouth for a £1.5m fee, bringing his 12-month stay at Russell Martin’s side to an end.
The 27-year-old’s attacking threat was partially masked by former star man Andre Ayew’s presence alongside him for the Swans last season, but adapted well to life at the Swansea.com Stadium and scored an impressive 14 goals in 46 Championship games.
Operating more naturally as a winger earlier in his career, his conversion into a centre-forward by then-Swansea boss Steve Cooper proved to be a masterstroke, with Lowe and Ayew firing the club to their second successive play-off finish.
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After overcoming Barnsley 2-1 on aggregate in this year’s play-off semi-finals, he narrowly missed out on promotion in May after seeing his side lose 2-0 to Brentford in the final.
That has now appeared to put the final nail in the coffin of his Swansea City career, with Russell Martin taking over since then and his strike partner Ayew officially departing the club on the expiration of his contract in July.
Lowe, however, continued to play a key part for the second-tier side, appearing in all five of their opening league games of the 2021/22 campaign before this sudden move to Vitality Stadium.
He is likely to be competing at the top end of the Championship on the south-coast with the likes of Emiliano Marcondes and Gary Cahill coming in this summer – and the Cherries also able to retain some of their most treasured assets in Phillip Billing and David Brooks despite Premier League interest.
Looking at this from a Swansea City point of view though, we asked three of our writers whether they were surprised by the Welsh outfit’s decision to cash in on the 27-year-old.
Considering he scored 14 Championship goals last season, in a way I am very surprised that Swansea decided to cash in.
The forward had two years left on his contract with the option to extend it until 2024 as well, so it’s also a surprise to see the fee being just £1.5 million – strikers or wingers who score that many goals in the second tier normally command a much higher fee.
Having not started Swansea’s last two league matches though, Russell Martin may have made the decision to accept such an offer for the 27-year-old with other players figuring in his plans more.
With Lowe’s departure though it leaves the Swans extremely light at the top end of the pitch. Joel Piroe was brought in from Holland and Michael Obafemi was a late deadline day arrival but aside from that there isn’t much in the way of experience.
It’s asking a lot of the likes of Liam Cullen and Morgan Whittaker to step up as back-up options and on the face of it, it seems like a bit of a silly move to sell Lowe for such a small fee to a team that will be up there at the top end of the Championship this season.
This was a surprise decision from Swansea City on transfer Deadline Day because they are not blessed with a wealth of attacking options and he has been a crucial player for them during the last 12 months.
A tally of 14 goals in 49 appearances for Swansea last term in a side that did not create a vast amount of chances in the final third was really good going. You could have seen him getting even more chances to improve on that record this term with the brand of football Russell Martin wants to play.
However, Lowe’s finishing and form was a little bit unpredictable at times last term and he did go on a lengthy goal draught at a crucial part of the season last term before he scored in the Swans’ win at Millwall.
Therefore, Martin might have perhaps been looking for players he can rely on to be more consistent.
In all likelihood, it was probably a case of Bournemouth making them a good offer for Lowe that met Swansea’s valuation of the player.
Sometimes those kinds of offers are too good to turn away and the Swans have been able to bring in Michael Obafemi by way of a replacement.