Hibernian have joined the race to sign Swansea City’s Liam Cullen, reports Football Insider.
The 20-year-old forward has been in prolific form for the Swansea development side this season, with four assists and ten goals to his name in 2020 alone.
He’s into the last six-months of his contract in South Wales though, and the club are yet to decide whether they want to loan him out this week or not.
Cullen has just one first-team appearance to his name for Swansea. He’s a player that fans have known about and been excited to see in action for a couple of seasons, but they’re yet to really see what kind of player Cullen is.
This month has also seen the arrival of Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster on-loan. The 19-year-old is a favourite of Cooper’s – the pair worked together in England U17’s World Cup success in 2017 – and the Swansea boss has been keen to bring him in.
Add to that the likes of Borja Baston, who’s well out of contention at the club but still higher in the pecking order than Cullen.
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It’d be hard for Cullen to leave his boyhood club, but with his form this season he’ll soon start to wonder when his first-team opportunity will arise.
A number of Football League clubs are said to be interested in signing Cullen, including Cypriot side Pafos who are managed by the Swansea’s former academy coach Cameron Toshack.
Cullen is clearly a player with ability and potential, and why Cooper hasn’t yet sought his services must be annoying to Swansea fans. Cooper was brought in to do just that, see academy players into the first-team, and whilst he’s loaned in a lot of fine young players, he’s not really promoted any.
Hibernian is a prestigious club and would be a great starting point for Cullen. The SPL can make a lot of footballers who can’t get their chance in England, but Swansea may be reluctant to let him go.