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Swansea City are believed to be keen on signing Shrewsbury Town defender Aaron Pierre according to a report from Football Insider.
Pierre has played a key role for the League One side in recent months, and has been an important member of their squad, as they look to challenge for a top-six finish in the third-tier of English football.
Pierre has made 24 appearances in total for Shrewsbury Town, who are currently sat 16th in the League One table after the festive fixtures.
The defender has been with the club since 2019, but could be set for a move away from New Meadow, with Swansea City keen on a deal to land his signature.
A move to the Swans could be tempting as well, with Steve Cooper’s side well in contention to challenge for an automatic promotion place in the Championship this term.
But would Pierre be a good addition to the Swansea City squad in the January transfer window, and is he needed in Steve Cooper’s team?
It seems as though Steve Cooper wants to add more quality at centre-back, which makes sense given they look as though they’re set to launch a real promotion push this term.
Pierre is a seasoned performer in the EFL’s lower leagues and more than just a solid central defender.
The powerful centre-back is a clever player and though he’s not the best in possession, I do think he could be a good addition to the Swans squad.
The 27-year-old is also a real aerial threat and would bolster their options from set pieces, which is always a boost for a promotion-chasing side.
This would be an excellent signing.
Swansea currently boast the best defensive record in the league having conceded only 12 goals this season, and Pierre would be another solid addition to their backline.
I watched him a lot when he was at Wycombe and I never saw him lose an aerial duel, and since moving up the leagues, he has also become a good ball-playing defender.
He’s at an age where he’s in his prime, and I think he’d be more than capable of making the step-up to the Championship with Swansea.
He’d be an excellent replacement for Joe Rodon, who obviously left the club in October.
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It shouldn’t be an urgent priority in my eyes, as Swansea’s backline is pretty fixed.
However, as an option to have in and around the squad it could be a useful acquisition with Pierre enjoying a good season at Shrewsbury so far.
Pierre is a no-nonsense centre-back who is strong aerially and firm in the tackle, his experience also could prove fruitful for the likes of Ben Cabango and Marc Guehi.
If injuries did hit that Swans backline a back-up would be needed so Pierre could offer you an ideal low-cost solution.
I guess my only qualm here is that the Swans have aspirations of playing in the Premier League, and iIm unsure if Pierre has the technical skill-set required to play top-flight football.