Back in the last knockings of the summer transfer window of 2016, Swansea City secured a deal to bring Alfie Mawson to the Liberty Stadium.
The centre back had been playing his football at Championship side Barnsley the season before in League One and had clearly been impressing for the Tykes in the third tier, thus prompting Swans manager-at-the-time Francesco Guidolin to take a punt on the Englishman by luring him to South Wales.
And many Swansea fans at the time took to Twitter to express their views on the 24-year-old, with several excited by the prospect of Mawson turning out for their club…
. @SwansOfficial @bfc_official Awesome singing
Please, I speak for every Swansea City fan when I say
Don’t let it be the last this window
— Jackson (@Jackson_SCFC) August 30, 2016
nice, one more decent signing and I’ll be chuffed. Ulloa maybe, or a new CB?
— Jesus (@ScfcJesus) August 30, 2016
— Matthew (@ManLikeMcBurnie) August 30, 2016
Class signing! We’re stoked to have him.
— Jet City Jacks (@the12thswan) August 30, 2016
tidy signing. Nice one onwards and upwards.
— Paul Phillips (@phipsy78) August 30, 2016
yes finally spending some bucks!!!
— Liam (@LiamDonnachie) August 30, 2016
Welcome to Swansea!
— Gareth Thomas (@musicgareth) August 30, 2016
And in selling him for a very tidy £9.86 million profit (as per Transfermarkt) in the summer, it’s fair to say that those Swans supporters were right to gush over the arrival of the defender two years ago.
Ultimately, Mawson was a relative unknown when he made the £5.17 million move (as per Transfermarkt) to the Liberty Stadium back in 2016, with just four Championship appearances under his belt prior to that to underline the risk Guidolin took in bringing him to Swansea.
And while he didn’t immediately command regular football at the South Wales outfit, he soon became an integral part of the side at the Liberty Stadium come the end of 2016, with Mawson then going on to start every league game following the arrival of Paul Clement as manager back at the start of 2017.
And in netting some crucial goals for the Swans, notably in wins over Crystal Palace, Southampton, and Leicester City, he played as big a part as anyone in keeping the club in the Premier League that season.
He was also an ever-present last time round too, although his team didn’t fare quite so well in eventually losing their top-flight status, yet the 24-year-old continued to go from strength to strength in earning a call-up to the senior England squad back in March of this year, although he didn’t feature for the Three Lions.
As such, it was always likely that Mawson would return to the Premier League over the summer following Swansea’s relegation, and it was Fulham who gave him another chance in the top tier by luring him to Craven Cottage for £15.17 million (as per Transfermarkt).
But given his services to Swansea in his two-year stint at the club, and indeed the price they got for him as he improved as a centre back, those Swans supporters were absolutely right to gush over his move to the Liberty Stadium two years ago.
Swansea fans… what do you think? Let us know!