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If Dan James does leave Swansea, attention must shift to keeping 22-goal ace happy

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It is a dramatic time to be a Swansea City fan at the moment, with many newspaper headlines linking players and managers away from the club.

With Graham Potter reportedly in talks with Brighton and Hove Albion over the vacant managers job, it seems that star man Daniel James could follow him out the door, with Manchester United close to acquiring his services.

The Welsh winger has had an excellent season, dazzling opponents week after week in a Swansea shirt, so interest in him is warranted.

The move to United if it happens is not one that should be considered an ambitious move for someone to sit on United’s bench – James could make a real impact with his energy in United’s side.

Now though, Swansea must turn their attention to next season, and start to plan for their second term back in the Championship.

The Swans had a good season under Graham Potter – the relatively young coach introduced a good brand of attacking football and they were unlucky to miss out on the top six.

If the season went on for another month, they would have probably got into the playoffs.That isn’t how football works though, and Swansea must look at how to improve.

The £10m fee expected for James should be reinvested wisely, with a number of good replacements available in League One or lower end Championship.

One thing they must do before anything though, is tie down the services of their main goal scorer Oliver McBurnie.

After a loan at Barnsley last season, McBurnie really kicked on as the main man at Swansea this season.

He scored a huge 22 goals, which is testament to his abilities given he had a few injuries along the way. His hold up play is astute and he has the knack of knowing when to arrive in the box at the right time.

If Swansea are able to keep McBurnie for next season, there is no doubt they will be back up near the top next season.

Losing Daniel James is a huge blow, but with a replacement, Swansea can flourish.

Of the teams that came down, only Fulham look likely to really push for automatic promotion back to the Premier League, so Swansea may have a good chance of going up. Rivals Cardiff City will be strong, but Swansea will fancy themselves over the course of the season to finish above their Welsh enemies.

Whatever happens may well rest on how they replace the departees, but Oliver McBurnie is more than good enough to fire them up the table next term.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: If Dan James does leave Swansea, attention must shift to keeping 22-goal ace happy

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