Swansea City secured their first three points this season on Friday night against Bristol City, with Joel Piroe’s first half strike being enough to separate the two sides at Ashton Gate.
Despite sitting in 16th position, this season was always going to be a difficult one for The Swans. Three very important individuals departed at the end of last season, with Andre Ayew heading for pastures new, whilst Marc Guehi and Freddie Woodman both came to the end of their respective loan deals.
Adding to the difficulty of the task ahead, Swansea lost Steve Cooper just a few weeks before the season started, and was replaced by 35-year-old Russell Martin, after a relatively long search for the Welshman’s replacement.
Martin may be quite an inexperienced coach at first-team level, but he possesses a football philosophy that he abides by, and whilst it may mean that Swansea fans will have to be patient, he has the potential to thrive with the South Walian club.
There has been a clear recruitment drive already this summer, which has seen Martin put more focus and emphasis on adding youthful talent over Championship know-how.
Ayew’s departure, combined with the potential exits of Matt Grimes and Jake Bidwell, as reported by The Sun on Sunday (15.08.21, pg. 63), means that the club have lost, or could lose some experienced heads.
And on that note, one player who Martin could look to add to his squad this summer is free agent Jack Wilshere.
The former Arsenal midfielder adds that experience that Swansea’s current squad seems to be slightly lacking, whilst he also offers the technical prowess and subsequent ability to thrive under Martin’s style of play.
Wilshere is a classy operator, whose driving runs and vision when running at pace, make him an exciting, progressive option for the 35-year-old to consider.
The 29-year-old can also operate in a deeper midfield position, whilst also having the versatility to operate higher up the pitch – an increasingly favourable option for a manager to possess in the modern-day.
Wilshere is a signing that will most likely come with high wage demands, but with Ayew now elsewhere, and if Grimes and Bidwell do depart then that frees up a potential move for Wilshere.