Swansea City are set to face a crucial summer transfer window where they will need to show some backing to Steve Cooper whatever division they are playing in.
Cooper has got the Swans right in the thick of the automatic promotion battle and they are in a three-horse race you feel now with Watford and Brentford for second place.
There have been many outstanding performers for Swansea so far this campaign that have all played an instrumental role towards them being level on points with second-placed Watford with a game in hand at this stage.
However, one player who has proved to be an exceptional performer for Cooper’s side has been midfielder Conor Hourihane who arrived on loan from Aston Villa in the winter window. The 30-year-old has been a revelation for the Swans and has added real star quality to the midfield. He has been an excellent replacement for Morgan Gibbs-White and Kasey Palmer who left in January.
The midfielder was on target inside three minutes on Saturday against Luton Town, with that goal his fifth strike in 11 league games for the Welsh club (Sofascore).
Those goals have been vital to them edging some tight contests and the game away at Kenilworth Road was no different. There have been few other signings in the recent window that have made as big of an impact as he has on this Swansea team.
The latest report from Birmingham Live on the midfielder’s situation has suggested that Dean Smith will be wanting him to come back to Aston Villa in the summer and compete for his place once again.
However, the same report outlines that the 28-year-old is unlikely to want to settle for a place on their bench anymore after finding his form again with Cooper’s side.
Hourihane revealed to The Southern Star in February that he made the decision to leave Aston Villa in January after he was left out of a game against Wolves with youngster Jacob Ramsay preferred to him.
That potentially shows that he feels undervalued at the moment at Villa Park and it is a situation that Swansea have to be ready to take advantage of in the summer.
There will likely be a queue of clubs lining up to sign the 28-year-old if he makes it clear he wants a permanent departure from Villa Park.
However, Cooper has already shown him the sort of impact he can have playing under him and also how valued he is in the squad. If they go up then it would be very hard to imagine Hourihane rejecting the chance to re-sign. It would be a very good piece of business if it happens.