Joel Piroe is one of three additions to managerless Swansea City’s squad this summer, with the 21-year-old telling the club’s website this morning how easily he has adjusted to life in South Wales.
The Dutchman is set to feature in tonight’s friendly with Forest Green Rovers, building his sharpness ahead of the upcoming campaign after getting a runout against Newport County last week.
He said: “It was lovely to play again in midweek and to get to play in front of the fans for the first time. The people at the club and in the city have been very helpful to help me settle in.”
The Swans were a little light in the striker department last season, seeing specialist winger Jamal Lowe deployed there for the vast majority of the season. His addition could be huge if he can hit the ground running, as the club look to go one better than their play-off final defeat last time around. Piroe signed for £1.8million (transfermarkt.com) having caught the eye with an impressive youth career at PSV Eindhoven and some key contributions in the Eredivisie.
He continued: “Now I want to play as much as I can and have a good rhythm and understanding with my team-mates.
“It is a very important time for me, and I just want more and more.
“I want to be ready for the start of the season and ready to compete for this club.”
With Piroe presumably being a signing that previous manager Steve Cooper had a lot to do with, it is important Piroe can demonstrate his talents to the new appointment when that comes. MK Dons gaffer Russell Martin is the current bookmakers’ favourite.
The change in the dugout could be unsettling for the youngster, with the new manager inheriting a completely new squad and still with time to bring in his own recruits in the transfer market. Piroe needs to impress in pre-season and the early part of the campaign to ensure he is not cast aside, the appointment may well have a new striker high on their shopping list.
It is not a nice situation for Piroe, but if he can get his head down, learn the ropes of English Football and the Championship in particular. He is definitely a striker of the calibre to contribute to the Swans’ efforts this season. There was an essence of learning on the job, to which Lowe was able to do to great effect last term as a centre forward, Piroe may have to do the same.