With Swansea City’s season beginning to fizzle out, Graham Potter will be preparing for a summer that is bound to be an eventful one.
The Swans aren’t fighting for a play-off spot, nor battling it out in lower-half of the table, and a 4-0 away defeat to struggling QPR at the weekend suggests that everyone is probably looking to the summer already, after a mixed campaign thus far.
Nothing was really expected of the Swans at the beginning of the campaign – compared to the likes of Stoke and West Brom, both of whom were also relegated from the Premier League last term, they spent much less than the pair in the summer.
But the Welsh club have plenty of talent in their squad, and if they can keep the likes of Oli McBurnie at the Liberty Stadium beyond this season, then they will look to form a push for the play-offs next term.
One player that the club will also be desperate to keep, but may well be resigned to losing, is electric winger Daniel James. The Wales international has been arguably Swansea’s player of the season, scoring five goals and producing six assists this term.
The 21-year old is attracting the interest from plenty of high-profile clubs, with the likes of Manchester City believed to be lining up a bid for the exciting wide-man.
Leeds United were desperately close to signing him in January though, and with James recently claiming that a decision on his future in Wales will be decided “soon”, Victor Orta needs to be well on his tail.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men are currently in the driving seat for automatic promotion this season, and if they do reach the Premier League, then their squad will need strengthening for sure. Their current set of players are exceptionally gifted at Championship level, but you feel that many wouldn’t be able to make the step-up.
James would fit seamlessly into Bielsa’s plans at Elland Road – they do often lack that extra bit of pace and quality going forward, and if they are unable to re-sign Jack Harrison on a permanent deal next term, then he would be the perfect replacement.
He has a huge future ahead of him, and it would be a huge statement of intent if Orta and Leeds managed to beat the likes of City to his signature.