The 2018 January transfer window could prove to be one of the biggest months in the history of Swansea City Football Club, with Carlos Carvalhal’s side locked into bottom place in the Premier League at this finely poised stage of the season.
The Portuguese boss, who was given the boot from Sheffield Wednesday before Christmas, landed on his feet in south Wales with a Premier League job, and performed wonders in his first game by inspiring a dramatic comeback at Watford which saw his side close the gap on the rest of the relegation pack. Defeat to Tottenham halted progress however, but Swans fans here in The Transfer Tavern are delighted with the way their side have performed under their new boss so far.
We love hearing the gentle tones of the Welsh accent at the bar, and our landlord enjoys hearing the progress of the only non-English side in the Premier League when their fans are in town. It remains clear that Swansea’s biggest fault this season was failing to replace talismanic playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, who departed for Everton in a near £45 million deal in the summer. The Icelandic international was the Swans’ best player by far, and failing to bring in a star of equal influence has prompted the club’s slide down the table.
Fans and our landlord are in agreement that a dangerous playmaker must be high on Carvalhal’s list of winter priorities, and the Portuguese must make gambles if his side are to climb away from danger. Our landlord loves a risky move that comes off big, and can’t help but suggest Carvalhal moves for Peterborough United’s Marcus Maddison.
The 24-year-old has performed remarkably in League One for several years at London Road, and looks more than ready to make the step-up to the higher level. Championship clubs including Leeds United had been linked, but an offer from a Premier League side could be enough for both player and club to consider allowing a switch away from the third-tier. Maddison has already amassed an eye-watering sixteen assists this season, adding a further seven goals to his tally over the course of the first-half of the campaign.
If the player can make the transition to the Premier League and continue his fine form in front of goals and between the lines, then Swansea City should begin to find the net on a more regular basis, with Tammy Abraham and Wilfried Bony set to profit from the player’s creativity. Carvalhal simply must consider the League One magician this month.
Swans fans, is failing to replace Sigurdsson Paul Clement’s biggest mistake? Let us know!