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Swansea City manager Steve Cooper is looking to add some fire-power to his squad during the transfer window, with the Swans joining Hull City and Derby County in their pursuit of Chelsea attacking midfielder Tariq Uwakwe, according to a report on the MirrorLive transfer thread (January 13, 13.10pm).
The Nigerian-born attacker has made six Premier League 2 starts this season, with Chelsea feeling the next stage of his development is a loan move, with a Championship club a potential destination.
So would Uwakwe be a good addition at the Liberty Stadium and is he needed?
Ethan Van Ristell
“The 20-year-old has been subject to interest from a scope of Championship clubs, including Derby and Hull, so Swansea face some competition for the midfielder.
“A positive for Swansea is that Uwakwe can play in a handful of different positions. An adept central midfielder, the 20-year-old can also operate on either flank. That makes him a good loan option to have.
“One problem, though, is whether Uwakwe would be used in the team on a regular basis. Jay Fulton and Matt Grimes have often been the two in central midfield so far this term under Steve Cooper.
“It is a risk, but one worth taking. He has demonstrated his ability for Chelsea’s Under-23’s, and is capped by England at Under-20 level. Cooper is good with young talented prospects, so this move makes sense.”
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“Yes, I think Swansea could do with some more competition in that area of the field.
“At the moment they have a fair few players who CAN play in that role, but they are lacking in specialists.
“Celina, Ayew, Dhanda and even Byers are capable of playing that role but are also frequently deployed elsewhere on the field, leaving a void behind the lead striker all too often.
“Uwakwe comes with his risks, considering he is far from proven in the Championship but if anyone is going to get the best out of him it is going to be Steve Cooper.”
“This could be a very exciting signing for Swansea City.
“The Chelsea youngster is being tracked by a number of Championship clubs and with good reason, as he’s regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the Blues’ youth set-up.
“Uwakwe hasn’t played much first team football but his raw talent could be just what’s needed in South Wales to push them into the play-off spots.
“Whether he’d hit the ground running remains to be seen, but the 20-year-old would certainly be exciting for supporters.”