Swansea supporters in the Transfer Tavern are bitterly disappointed at the news that Gylfi Sigurdsson has refused to travel on the club’s pre-season tour to the USA.
The news has been viewed as a shock to the Swansea faithful, who witnessed the Icelandic international captaining the Welsh side in a 1-0 defeat in a friendly against Barnet last night.
Uncertainty has been brewing regarding the 27-year-old’s future, and the club has rejected a £40M bid from Everton for his services.
However, it seems unlikely that the Swans will be able to keep hold of their star player, with Clement publicly admitting that he’s powerless to prevent the departure if a suitable offer is made.
Sigurdsson scored nine league goals and provided 13 assists as he played an integral role in Clement’s successful quest for safety.
Now their attention must divert to potential replacements and Chelsea have just the man who could provide Swansea with the solution that they so desperately crave.
Our landlord thinks that Paul Clement should exploit the club connections he has with the Champions to ensure that Lewis Baker becomes a Swansea player.
The 22-year-old’s qualities are almost indistinguishable from Sigurdsson’s, and at his young age, there is still room for Baker to develop further or even to refine and perfect aspects of his game.
The Englishman is a dead-ball specialist, and like Sigurdsson, he has established his reputation as a goal-scoring midfielder.
Baker scored a staggering 16 goals in all competitions for Vitesse last season, and he played a crucial role in ensuring that Vitesse won the first major trophy in their history. Our landlord firmly believes that Baker is the perfect fit for Swansea.
Without question, elements of his game such as assists must improve, he only registered two throughout the duration of last season. Nonetheless, surrounded with greater quality at Swansea it is probable that this figure will increase.
If rewarded with opportunities Baker will prosper, all he requires is that Clement takes a leap of faith.
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