This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Swansea City manager Steve Cooper could be forgiven for having a spring in his step this morning, with his side unbeaten in four matches and now just seven points off the automatic promotion places in the Championship.
Cooper though may have a problem on his hands, with Brighton & Hove Albion tracking versatile Swans attacker Bersant Celina who has been on Swansea City’s books since 2018, after joining the Welsh outfit from Manchester City, it has been reported by The Sun.
Since making the switch to Swansea, Celina has made 69 appearances in all competitions, scoring 10 and providing 11 assists.
So would Celina be a good signing by Brighton and should Swansea let the Kosovan leave?
“I think this could be a really interesting signing for Brighton.
“Graham Potter has got the Premier League side playing an open, expansive style of football and a technical playmaker like Celina would surely complement that.
“He has produced pretty impressive numbers since arriving at the Liberty Stadium, scoring 10 goals and providing 11 assists in 69 appearances, and at 23, should only get better.
“For me, Swansea should try and hold out, as promotion is a possibility for them this season.
“However, if a big offer comes in then you’d understand them taking it.”
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“This would be a great addition for Brighton if they can convince Celina to make the move to the Amex in the coming weeks.
“Since joining Swansea from Manchester City in 2018, the winger has providing 21 direct goal contributions in 69 appearances which has helped the club achieve a relative amount of successs in the Championship.
“Although Celina has yet to prove himself at Championship level, there is no reason why he cannot thrive under the guidance of Graham Potter who he played for during the Brighton manager’s time at the Liberty Stadium.
“However, with Swansea currently fighting for a play-off place in the second-tier, it could be argued that the club should steer clear of selling the 23-year-old this month as doing so could have a negative impact on their chances of securing a top-six finish.”
“Celina is a huge talent and I think he would fit seamlessly into life in the top-flight, and especially at the AMEX Stadium.
“Andre Ayew has stolen most of the headlines this season, and rightfully so having scored and assisted so many goals, but Celina has also been another vital, creative cog in their midfield.
“Able to play out wide or in behind the striker, he’d be a really useful addition for Brighton, who are lacking that little bit of quality in the final third alongside the likes of Solly March and Leandro Trossard.
“He would be playing for a manager who he has thrived under before, and a manager who certainly gets the best out of him in his system.”