Swansea City were heading into the 2015/16 Premier League campaign off the back of a sensational season the year before.
The Swans finished as the eighth best team in England and just four points off of a Europa League spot.
Garry Monk was working miracles in charge of the side he had once played for, and there was a lot of summer movement at the Liberty Stadium.
Fourteen players were left in that summer of 2015 with 13 of those being released.
Monk added nine to his side to try and improve on their unprecedented finish the year prior.
To do so, he added another striker to his books to try and better Wilfried Bony’s total of nine the previous year – the club’s top goalscorer.
And on June 28, 2015, the club agreed on a fee of around £5million for a striker.
When the transfer window opened on July 1 of that year, the confirmation for the arrival of Eder was released.
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) July 1, 2015
The Portugal striker signed a three-year deal with the Welsh side, and the reaction to the signing from the club’s supporters was somewhat positive.
— Mike Kailis (@mikeAKK47) July 1, 2015
— Greig 'mcburnie' Oliver (@HolySnorlax) July 1, 2015
— O'Meallain (@CiaranMellon22) July 1, 2015
— Madeba Blue (@PerryDickson) July 1, 2015
Having had a positive response, the 27-year-old arrived after scoring ten goals for Braga the previous year.
Eder made his debut for the Swans as a substitute on August 8, 2015, coming on for the final 11 minutes in the 2-2 draw with previous league winners Chelsea.
That would set the tone for what would be a dismal time in Wales.
Having signed a three-year deal with the club, in his first 15 matches for Swansea, the striker had failed to score and was a substitute in 11 of those games.
The then 27-year-old failed to make an appearance for the club in the whole of December and only featured again on January 24, 2016, in the win over Everton.
He played two minutes on that occasion – and then that was it.
Having started just four matches in 15, come the New Year, Monk had had enough of his supposed star striker.
It was £5million wasted as on February 1, 2016, Eder moved to Ligue 1 side Lille for the rest of the season.
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) February 1, 2016
And some of the Swansea fans were by no means disappointed at his swift exit from the Liberty Stadium.
— Kwame Walker (@8ae5a330134f496) February 1, 2016
He spent the remainder of the year with the French side and managed six goals in 14 appearances for Lille. Leaving Swansea fans wondering why he was unable to find that form for them.
On April 23, 2016, Eder played the full 90 minutes in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, which ended in a 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain.
Having had an auspicious time in France and playing on a more regular basis, after one season – or half of one – in the Premier League, Eder was off.
On May 25, 2015, it was confirmed that the Portugal international had left the club.
He signed a four-year deal with Lille and put his nightmare spell at the Liberty behind him.
And there was somewhat of a mixed reaction from some fans defending him while others were glad to see the back of him
He had hell of a goal scoring record for Swansea… 0 goals, impressive
— Gareth Lewis (@FifaLewisHD) May 24, 2016
didn't have a chance with us.
— Tommy Butler. (@TommyButler95) May 24, 2016
Good Riddance you pig
— The_Regulator (@zac_jennings91) May 24, 2016
It was a strange signing to begin with and not one that suited Swansea at all, even with his short cameo appearances here and there on a regular basis, he failed to impress and must have done the same in training not to get a start.
It was a bizarre move and a short spell in Swansea, but it was a fruitless one that was ultimately a waste of time and money for all involved.
Plenty of Swansea fans won’t look back on this transfer with fondness and will always remember it for being one of the most pointless in their recent history.
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