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Swansea City manager Steve Cooper is looking to strengthen his squad in the January window, with a move for experienced Celtic winger Jonny Hayes on the cards, according to The Scottish Sun, with Stoke City also keen on a move.
So would Hayes be a good addition at the Liberty Stadium and is he actually needed at Swansea?
“He would be a decent addition.
“The current Swansea squad is lacking in terms of depth and experience, so Hayes would certainly help them on that front.
“Plus, he is a direct player and loves to run at the opposition, qualities that could stand out in Steve Cooper’s side who look to play expansive football.
“However, he has struggled for form and consistency with Celtic since joining from Aberdeen and his age suggests his best years are behind him.
“On a free he would be a decent bit of business but it’s not the sort of deal that’s going to make big headlines in the Championship.”
“Although there is no doubting Hayes’ qualities, Swansea may find it beneficial to avoid signing him on a pre-contract deal.
“Relatively ineffective for Celtic during the opening months of the current campaign, the winger has only managed to provide four direct goal contributions in 16 appearances.
“Now 32-years-old, Hayes is approaching the twilight of his career and thus may not be able to cope with the competitiveness that the Championship is famed for.
“Instead of focusing on Hayes, Swansea should instead be looking to bring in a winger who has a proven track-record of delivering the goods at this particular level as doing so could help them push on in the second-tier under the guidance of Steve Cooper.”
Would Jonny Hayes be a good addition at the Liberty Stadium?
“Hayes would be a useful addition for Swansea as they look to cement their place Championship promotion chasers, and the Swans could do with some extra squad depth if they are going to maintain their excellent start to the campaign under Steve Cooper.
“Swansea though do already have numerous options in the wide positions with the likes of Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge, Barrie McKay, Andre Ayew and Kristoffer Peterson all able of playing one of the wide positions in the final third.
“However, Hayes would offer something a little different to those players and has the sort of technical ability that would enable him to fit into the way Cooper is wanting his side to play, and if the 32-year-old can get back to the sort of form he used to show for Aberdeen before his move to Celtic then he would be an asset for the Swans.
“Swansea might have higher priorities in the January window than signing players for the wide positions, but if Hayes is available for a relatively small fee, then Cooper’s side could do worse than bringing him into the club in the winter window.”