Last season Swansea City floated into the Premiership and stole our hearts with gutsy displays centred around a wonderfully aesthetic passing game. Many stats were thrown around comparing them to some of the greats with central midfielders Leon Britton and Joe Allen grabbing the comparisons to Xavi and Iniesta. Last season they nearly averaged 90% passing completion and won some memorable fans in Harry Redknapp and the Anfield faithful.
So like any team that plays above expectation, eventually the big teams come flocking round like vultures ready to pick off the juiciest players from the skeleton of the team. This time Swansea City have already lost Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool and it looks like Joe Allen is about to join him according to reports in the Guardian but what about the rest of the team?
Scott Sinclair is another one big teams are looking at with the Daily Mail claiming Manchester City are considering an offer. The paper claims that Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United are all interested parties but is the man that couldn’t get into the Team GB first team really worth it?
With only 12 months left on his contract Sinclair would be cheap at around £8million and with FIFA’s financial fairplay about to come in he may be a good squad player. However, Scott Sinclair has learned his lessons from warming the bench at Chelsea when he decided that dropping a division to join ex-Chelsea coach Rodgers at Swansea wasn’t bad for his career. With this in mind I doubt he is prepared to do it again with a move to either Manchester club or Tottenham, who already have an abundance of world class wingers.
Liverpool however offer something different for Sinclair simply because of Rodgers. If Sinclair joined Liverpool then he would be linking up with Rodgers for the third time in his career and so far the Northern Irish manager hasn’t steered him wrong. Liverpool need a winger as make shift winger Dirk Kuyt has left for Turkey and Maxi Rodriguez also deciding to start a fresh.
Sinclair fits at Liverpool whereas any other club from the so called ‘big four’ would merely make him a professional bench warmer, hiding behind the excuse that ‘He is a great squad player’.
It must also be remembered that Sinclair has only had one full season in the top flight and another under a new manager could help add plenty of top tier experience to his game. I believe that he will eventually leave the Liberty stadium and most probably join up with Brendan Rodgers wherever he is but another season at Swansea wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Not many Swansea players have been cherry picked by the bigger teams which goes to show the affect the financial fairplay rule is having on the Premiership. Michelle Vorm, Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Ashley Williams, Lloyd Dyer and Danny Graham all had a stellar season last year and would certainly enhance many teams in the Premier League. Speaking from a purists point of view I would rather they stay at Swansea for at least another year, as it was just too much fun to see the Welsh Barcelona showing up the big teams.
Of the group I just mentioned Michele Vorm, Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor and perhaps Leon Britton would probably have the most potential. Britton has been with the club since they were down in the dumps of the football league and if he ever wanted a new challenge he deserves to play at a large arena for a big team. Vorm looks to be a class act and will move on when a big club needs a new number one. Taylor had a solid Olympics for Team GB whilst Williams has had suitors since Swansea’s Championship days.
Whatever happens to the flock of potential stars at Swansea it would be nice to see them stay in Wales for as long as possible but all good things must come to an end and if the right offer comes in they could by flying the nest sooner than expected.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!