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High-profile Swansea City departures loom following Steve Cooper exit as Burnley, AFC Bournemouth and Fulham circle

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Swansea City are going to sell Matt Grimes this summer and there’s a possibility that Connor Roberts could well follow him out of the exit door following Steve Cooper’s departure. 

It has emerged this afternoon that Cooper will step down from his role as Swansea’s head coach, despite leading the club to back-to-back play-off appearances in the Championship.

An in-depth report from The Athletic has looked at that unsurprising news, detailing how Cooper’s squad is set to be picked apart ahead of 2021/22, with Swansea needing the money.

They claim that Grimes, who has been linked with a move to both Fulham and AFC Bournemouth recently, could be on the move after captaining and inspiring Swansea into the top-six from his midfield berth.

It is also noted that it would not be a surprise if Roberts was moved on. The Daily Mail have previously reported interest from Burnley in the right-back, who represented Wales at Euro 2020.

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In addition to those potentially two high-profile exits, Swansea are juggling more change.

Andre Ayew has already left, whilst Freddie Woodman and Marc Guehi have seen their respective loans from Newcastle United and Chelsea come to an end, with the latter moving to Crystal Palace permanently too.

The Verdict

This appears to be a driving factor behind Cooper’s decision to walk away from Swansea without much fuss.

The play-off final defeat to Brentford in May felt like the end of a cycle for Swansea, with Ayew, Woodman and Guehi going. It also begged the question whether Grimes or Roberts could be retained too, with the South Wales club set for a fourth season without Premier League football.

Clubs are already circling and Cooper’s exit might well lead to a domino effect with regard to transfers.

Thoughts? Let us know! 


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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