This season has seen Swansea dubbed Swansalona as they’ve lit up the Premiership with their free flowing brand of football and enjoyed a comfortable perch in mid table, all of which has been achieved on what in Premiership terms is a shoe string budget. The prospect of Swansea suddenly splashing the cash in the summer seems a remote one, so here’s a list of 5 players who could slip seamlessly into The Swan’s squad and all available on frees come August.
Frederic Kanoute (Seville) – At 34 years old the former Mali international is clearly approaching the twilight of his career but his wealth of top-class footballing experience would make him a wonderful addition to the Welsh sides squad. At 6 ft 4 inches tall Seville’s Kanoute would be an adequate alternative to the physical presence offered by Danny Graham so effectively this season and the ex-spurs star’s technical ability could see him make the difference in tight games.
While Kanoute is unlikely to be able to feature regularly at this stage of his career he will also provide the benefit of being able to pass on his knowledge to the Swan’s young squad and is already familiar with the English game from his time in London.
Mikael Silvestre (Werder Bremen) – The Frenchman, similarly to Kanoute, would offer the kind of experience Brendan Rodger’s men currently lack. The Swans also have a relatively small squad meaning the former United players ability to play in either the full-back or centre-back positions would prove extremely useful.
During spells with United and Arsenal the the Champions League winner showed his ability to cope with the English game, and while he no longer posses the speed he once did his reading of the game would allow him to provide solidity in the welsh sides back line.
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Bayer Munich) – If there’s one criticism that can be made of Swansea its that their brand of attacking football can sometimes lead to their defense being left exposed. The acquisition of the solid defensive midfielder that is Anatoliy Tymoshchuk would help add the steel currently missing from Swansea’s game. The Ukrainian international has won honours in every country he has played in demonstrating his winning mentality that would be welcomed in any dressing room.
Jerome Thomas (West Brom) – A key feature of Swansea’s style is their use of wingers. Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer have excelled this season but competition for places is an important aspect to motivating players into performing at their optimum.
Thomas has plenty of Premiership experience and his pacey wing player would be a match for Rodger’s blueprint, on a free transfer the West Brom man may prove a useful capture as a squad player.
Raúl Bravo (Rayo Vallecano) – Another defender familiar with both centre-back and full-back roles with a 7 year stint at Real Madrid highlighting the class of the man. Although he featured only as a back-up player to more recognisable names his performances were still of standard to earn a regular place in the Spanish international squad.
At 30 Bravo still has many years of playing ahead of him and could forge himself as a fans favourite in the seasons ahead with his no nonsense playing style.
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