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Swansea City are interested in signing Sheffield United defender Kean Bryan, according to Football Insider.
Bryan – who has failed to make an impact at Bramall Lane before this season – has made 10 appearances in the Premier League in 2020/21
The 24-year-old has featured 12 times in all competitions, scoring his only goal for the club in a shock away win at Manchester United in January.
But the defender’s future at Bramall Lane looks uncertain, with his contract up in the summer. He has recently admitted that he would like to stay at Bramall Lane, but talks over a new deal with the club are yet to take place.
According to Football Insider, Swansea, Burnley and Fulham are all monitoring Bryan’s situation and are interested in signing him on a free transfer this summer.
Here, we discuss the Swans’ reported interest in the defender…
I would have thought that the Blades would be keeping Bryan next season – I don’t think he’s good enough to be a Premier League defender but I believe that he can do a decent job in the Championship.
Sheffield United will probably be looking for a better left-sided centre-back to challenge Jack O’Connell next season, providing he fully recovers from his serious knee injury, and although Bryan did score against Manchester United last month, in other games he’s looked lost like in the drubbing by Leicester City.
He is relatively inexperienced in senior football at the age of 24, playing just 58 league games in his career so far and he probably needs to leave Bramall Lane to get regular football.
Would he get it at Swansea? I’m not so sure of that.
Ben Cabango and Ryan Bennett in my eyes are both better than Bryan, and they also have young Joel Latibaudiere who they took from Man City in the summer, so there’s decent competition there already.
I could see Bryan fitting in and getting minutes at a club in the Championship lower down the table, not a promotion chaser, so I don’t think Swansea would be the best fit.
Bryan has done really well to convince at Sheffield United in a tough season.
When a player comes from Man City, it’s sometimes harsh to put too much pressure on them given the sea of players that are at the Etihad.
Sheffield United was a bit of a slow burner for him when he first arrived, but I do think that he’s started to look better the longer he’s been there.
A move to Swansea would suit him too if he’s on the move. They get the ball down and play, whilst Steve Cooper will give him the time he needs to adapt and things like that – he’s very good with young players.
It does seem like a good fit if he’s on the way out of Bramall Lane.
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Swansea need to prepare for life without Marc Guehi and signing Kean Bryan could be a shrewd move.
Guehi has been excellent this term and if the Swans are still a Championship side next term, it’s very hard to see them getting the defender back on loan.
Bryan has the characteristics to slot into Steve Cooper’s backline and working with the Welsh coach could be just what he needs to help him achieve his potential.
Things haven’t always been easy for him with the Blades and I do think a move away in the summer could be best for him.
Guehi looks set to leave huge shoes to fill but signing Bryan could be a smart move.