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 will be needing to add more players to their squad over the next few weeks if they are going to be in a strong position for the start of next season.
The Swans have already managed to bring in Kyle Joseph and Joel Piroe to strengthen their attacking options following the sizeable loss of Andre Ayew from their squad.
However, according to the latest report from Football Insider, Steve Cooper’s side are still on the hunt for a proven striker who can help them ease the loss of their top scorer from last term.
Football Insider report that as a result, the Swans have now entered the race to sign former Bristol City forward Famara Diedhiou following his departure from Ashton Gate at the end of his deal this summer.
It is believed that they are facing competition from Middlesbrough, while West Brom have also been linked with him as well.
So, with Swansea now in the hunt to sign Diedhiou, we asked our FLW writers whether he would be a strong signing for the Swans to make this summer…
I think that this could be a really smart signing for Swansea City.
Famara Diedhiou may have endured a mixed campaign with Bristol City this term but in previous years we’ve seen exactly what he has to offer.
Diedhiou knows the Championship like the back of his hand and will pose problems for any defender at this level.
He might not be the man to score 30 goals per season but I think that he could still be a big asset for Steve Cooper’s side.
This would be a top signing.
I know Swansea have already brought in Joel Piroe who is expected to lead the line going forward, but they have lost a lot of goal threat in Andre Ayew.
Piroe can play out wide, too, whereas Diedhiou is a classic number nine.
Diedhiou is a really physical forward who is good in the air and good at holding up play, and he would give them a real focal point in the final third in my view.
On a free transfer, it would be a shrewd bit of business to bring in someone who has his goal record and prowess in the final third.
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Andre Ayew is quite frankly irreplaceable for Swansea with the threat and goals he brought to the Championship, so whoever takes his place has big shoes to fill.
However, it’s great to see Steve Cooper focused on his current job amid recent speculation with Crystal Palace and Swansea – and it’s also heartening to see him target a striker. This position had to be on the agenda after Ayew’s departure.
Another kick in the teeth regarding the Ghanaian’s departure is the fact he left the Liberty Stadium for free. He didn’t even come through the Swans’ youth system either, so they have lost their best player and won’t receive a single penny in return.
Perhaps this is the reason why they are targeting a free agent – and Diedhiou will not only be useful for his goals – but also his all-round play.
When you lose someone as well-rounded as Ayew was during his time in Wales, it’s essential to have someone like Diedhiou come in and they may need a second forward to come in to fill the major void the 31-year-old has left.