Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has revealed his reasoning for allowing Jefferson Montero and Courtney Baker-Richardson to leave towards the end of the club’s summer transfer window.
Winger Montero has signed a season-long loan deal with Swansea’s Championship rivals Birmingham City, and Cooper has suggested that the Ecuadorian was never in his plans for the coming campaign.
Speaking to Wales Online about the decision to let the winger move to St Andrew’s, Cooper revealed: “Jefferson has never really been in the mix.
“I don’t know too much about that. He’s one that Trevor (Birch) and the board have dealt with.”
Baker-Richardson meanwhile has also left the club on a season-long loan, with the striker joining up with League One side Accrington Stanley, a move which Cooper hopes will give the player more opportunities following Sam Surridge’s loan move from Bournemouth to Swansea.
Discussing those reasons for Baker-Richardson’s departure, Cooper added: “Courtney did pre-season with us and played some minutes, but with us bringing in Sam Surridge, I thought his game time might have been minimal.
“At this stage of his career, I thought it was important for him to have a better opportunity of playing every week.
“I’m sure he’s not guaranteed a game at Accrington but if he does well enough I’m sure he’ll be pushing for lots of starts.”
Montero has made 84 appearances in all competitions for Swansea since joining from Mexican side Morelia in the summer of 2014, while Baker-Richardson has made 21 appearances and scored four goals for the Wales-based club after joining from non-league Leamington in August 2017.
Both players are now entering the final years of their contracts at the Liberty Stadium.
These moves seem to suit all parties involved based on what Cooper is saying here.
It appears as though neither player would have enjoyed many opportunities at Swansea this season, so getting game time elsewhere does seem to be the best thing for them.
Cooper’s comments about Montero in particular seem to suggest that the winger’s time at the club is over in all but name, while it may also be a concern for Baker-Richardson that he has suddenly slipped down the pecking order.
With both players entering the final year of their contracts at Swansea, it makes sense for them to head elsewhere in order to maximise their playing time and impress enough to earn the chance of a new deal, be that with Swansea or, as seems to already be the case for Montero, someone else.