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 are keeping tabs on Peterborough United forward Jonson Clarke-Harris, sources have exclusively told Football League World.
Clarke-Harris has enjoyed a fruitful campaign in League One with Posh after joining the club from Bristol Rovers in the summer, following Ivan Toney’s move to Brentford.
The 26-year-old has scored 26 goals in 39 League One appearances this season, firing in 29 goals in 42 games across all competitions.
Posh remain in the hunt for promotion from League One, but FLW understand that Cardiff City and Swansea City are among those eyeing up a move for the striker ahead of the summer.
Here, we discuss Swansea’s reported interest in the forward…
A move that could be the final piece of the jigsaw for Swansea City.
Steve Cooper’s side have enjoyed a good season this term and let’s remember that they’re still very much in with a chance of securing promotion to the Premier League.
That said, there’s no escaping the fact that the wind had dropped from their sails in recent weeks and a large part of that is down to their lack of striking options.
Jonson Clarke-Harris is ready to step up to the Championship after netting 28 times this term and I think that if a move could be agreed then this would be a great move.
The 26-year-old would thrive with the amount of chances that Swansea create and so I could certainly see this working out.
He ticks all the boxes for me.
Clarke-Harris has been brilliant for Peterborough United, and without him, they wouldn’t be anywhere near challenging for promotion into the Championship.
He’s clearly too good for that level in League One, and would be more than deserving of a move to a higher level in the near future.
Swansea could benefit from signing a player of his quality, regardless of whether they’re playing their football in the Championship or Premier League next season.
I think he’d force his way into their starting XI relatively quickly, and could work well with Andre Ayew in attack in the future.
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Providing Swansea have got the funds necessary; Clarke-Harris would be an excellent addition.
Even though Steve Cooper has been playing with a two-striker system this season, he’s not actually got any natural senior strikers, with wingers Andre Ayew and Jamal Lowe playing in there.
They’ve done a good job but Swansea do need some natural front-men and Clarke-Harris has been the man in League One this season, fitting into Ivan Toney’s boots at Peterborough with consummate ease.
You’re probably looking at a fee of around £5million for the man who has 29 goals in all competitions this season – it’s a steep price to pay, but if I’m Swansea I think that’s a reasonable investment.