Swansea City are closing in on the loan-signing of Chelsea’s Marc Guehi, and that could spell the end for Mike van der Hoorn.
Steve Cooper has not wasted any time this month in adding to his Swansea side – Rhian Brewster completed the long-awaited and anticipated move to South Wales for the remainder of the season, and Guehi is expected to sign on an 18-month loan deal in time for the Welsh derby this weekend.
Guehi is a centre-back and another for Cooper to ponder – he already has the likes of Ben Cabango, Ben Wilmot, Joe Rodon and van der Hoorn at his disposal.
The move has signalled a few potential outcomes though; is Ben Wilmot about to be recalled by Watford? And is van der Hoorn nearing the end of his time at Swansea?
The Dutchman is a fan favourite at the Liberty. He signed in 2016 from Ajax where he was a respected defender, and is now in his fourth season in South Wales.
He played in every Championship match for the Swans last year and has only missed two of the 26 they’ve played so far this time round, but with the likes of Rodon and Cabango coming into their own under Cooper, van der Hoorn’s time at the club looks to be drawing to an end.
That idea is only emphasised by the 18-month loan purchase of Guehi, another name who Cooper worked with at the U17 World Cup in 2017.
At 27-years-old, the brutal business of football will son overcome van der Hoorn and with his contract up in the summer, Swansea fans could soon be saying farewell to their flying Dutchman.
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He’s missed three of the last four games for Swansea in all competitions – sitting out his first two league games of the season through injury, and missing out on the match day squad for the 5-1 defeat at QPR.
Cooper will likely be resting him for the Welsh derby at the weekend, when he takes his side across the Welsh border and into Cardiff – he’ll likely want his experienced players fit for this one and having missed last weekend, expect van der Hoorn to take part in this one.
One of the club’s longer serving players right now, no matter what his outcome at the end of the season van der Hoorn will be revered in South Wales. But the old must make way for the new, as Cooper looks to build the future in Swansea.