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Swansea City are reportedly closing in on the signing of OH Leuven striker Thomas Henry, as per Topmercato.
The Swans, who missed out on promotion via the play-offs this term, will be looking to add more goal threat this summer following the recent departure of Andre Ayew.
Henry has been in excellent form for Leuven this season, scoring 21 goals in 31 Jupiler Pro League appearances for the club.
But the Frenchman looks set to move to South Wales and join the Swans, as Steve Cooper looks to guide his side towards another positive finish next season.
Here, we discuss this potential signing for the Swans…
I think this could be a very good signing for Swansea if they are indeed able to get it done.
With Andre Ayew – the club’s top scorer for each of the past two seasons – now confirmed to be leaving the club this summer, Swansea are going to have to find a new source of goals for the coming campaign.
Henry’s outstanding record with Leuven, which saw him score more than 20 goals for a side that finished mid-table in the top-flight in Belgium last season, does seem to suggest that the 26-year-old is a player who could fill that role at The Liberty Stadium.
Indeed, at that age, Henry has plenty of time remaining in his career, meaning he could be an asset for years to come, and it is encouraging to see Swansea moving quickly in the transfer market here to secure the services of a player who could be so important to them as they aim to bounce back from the disappointment of that play-off final defeat.
He’s scored an absolute cart load of goals during his time in Belgium, so I can understand why there is interest.
He’s a bit of a unit in terms of his size too, so he would add a bit more physicality up front for the Swans.
Given that he plays in Belgium, I do believe that he would come at a cheaper cost than other targets in his position because their league isn’t as financially lucrative as the Championship.
It would be a different option for the club to utilise and it would give them a plan B.
Given his goal scoring record, you’d like to think that this would be a great bit of business if they can get it over the line.
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On the face of it this looks like a really promising signing for Swansea City this summer, with the Swans needing to add a forward who can be a reliable scorer for them to replace the sizeable loss of Andre Ayew from their squad. Thomas Henry seems to fit the bill for that.
Henry is a player that will be a largely unknown quantity considering he has been playing out in Belgium, but his stats make for impressive reading and he appears to be a player that has a lot of confidence and the ability to take chances in the final third.
Whether he can adapt to the Championship is something that would have to be seen, but Steve Cooper is a manager that has shown he can get the very best out of his players. Therefore, you feel that Henry should at least be able to make it into double figures for the Swans if he arrives.
Whilst there is room for caution, this seems to be a signing that makes a lot of sense and could potentially pay off handsomely for Swansea if he can replicate his goalscoring form from last season at the Liberty Stadium.