Swansea City supporters have been somewhat satisfied in recent times after seeing their side pick up victory in their last match prior to the current fortnight break for internationals.
Graham Potter’s men went into their clash with the London club having failed to win any of their preceding three Championship matches, drawing against Birmingham City and Leeds United alongside a surprise 1-0 home defeat to Bristol City. Yet the South Wales outfit got back to winning ways last time out as goals from Kyle Naughton and Oli McBurnie after Jed Wallace’s opener for the Lions sealed a 2-1 win for the Swans, thus moving them up to seventh place in the second tier.
As such, there have been many thrilled Swansea fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have used the international break to look back at their side’s summer transfer business, which saw quite the overhaul of the playing squad at the Liberty Stadium.
And one man who left the club was Roque Mesa, and while they made a £3 million loss on the 29-year-old, there is little doubting that the summer deal to take him to Sevilla was in the best interests of both the player and indeed Swansea.
The midfielder made the move to South Wales back in 2017 for a reported £11 million after a lengthy spell at Spanish side Las Palmas, as manager at the time Paul Clement sought to bolster his ranks so his team could move away from the lower echelons of the Premier League.
Yet the arrival of Mesa simply didn’t have the desired effect as the Spaniard mustered just 11 Premier League appearances for the Swans last season, and with only nine of them starts, it cost the South Wales outfit £1.2 million every time he lined up in the English top-flight.
And in failing to score or indeed lay on an assist in that time, alongside the fact that he simply wasn’t able to produce the goods in the middle of the park, it clearly wasn’t money very well spent at all – thus, there was profit, if not financially, in getting rid of him during the close season.
And to recoup a reported £8 million for the 29-year-old is pretty decent business from the Swans even if they did make a £3 million loss, as there was little to suggest during his time at Swansea that he was a player worth that amount of money – and at the age of 29, it’s not exactly as if he has a great deal of time on his side either.
Thus, with things clearly not working for Mesa at the Liberty Stadium, and Swansea needing to not only raise funds but also reshape their squad following relegation, selling the 29-year-old to Sevilla, even for a loss, was certainly in the best interests of both the player and indeed Potter’s side.
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