Championship

Replacing Gylfi Sigurdsson with this Championship star may prove a shrewd move for Swansea

Swansea City enter their seventh consecutive season in the Premier League on the back of a great escape from last season’s relegation places, and manager Paul Clement will look to make his mark on the squad ahead of his first transfer window with the club.

We love to hear a south Wales accent in the Transfer Tavern, and our catch ups with fans of Wales’ finest club across the bar are highly anticipated.

As an order goes in for another round of drinks, our landlord picks the brains of our Welsh patrons, and discussion turns to who could replace Gylfi Sigurdsson if the influential Icelander does indeed leave the Liberty Stadium this summer.

A recommendation of Fulham’s Tom Cairney draws the attention of the Swans faithful, with the former Hull City man a key cog in the Cottagers push for the playoffs last season.

The 26-year-old Scotsman was a menace in front of goal last season in the Championship, finding the back of the net on no less than 13 occasions from the middle of the park, as well as laying on 10 goals for his team mates.

With similar stats to Sigurdsson’s Premier League effort, if Cairney can replicate his form in the top flight, then Swansea fans may rest easy in the knowledge that the Scottish midfielder will dominate their midfield next season.

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