Swansea City`s Transfer Window Review
Unlike the panic going on at the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, it was a pretty uneventful summer transfer window for Swansea City.
Apart from one acquisition on deadline day, the Swans secured their targets early. I decided to take a look at the ins and outs of the Liberty Stadium and my opinions on each done deal.
The former Vitesse Arnhem frontman signed for a club record £12million deal at the start July. Bringing with him an enviable scoring record from the previous season, with 31 league goals in 30 games. Michael Laudrup`s thinking was to release some of the pressure off last year`s scoring sensation, Michu after the departure of Danny Graham and Luke Moore.
So far the Ivory-Coast international has netted twice in the Europa League and on his league debut against, champions, Manchester United. While I do not believe he can repeat his extraordinary campaign of last term, 15-20 goals is a reasonable target for Bony.
Starved of first-team football at Anfield, Shelvey decided to leave Liverpool for South Wales under recommendation from former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers. It had been a promising spell at Liverpool, for Shelvey, who had made his first England appearance and now he will look to use his regular exposure to first-team action to reinforce his claims.
£5million is probably a good price when you consider the massive transfer fess these days. Granted he comes with a bit of a fiery attitude but sometimes that is what you need, I just don`t want to see him tackling in the box, it gives me heart palpitations.
The 21 year-old from Spain has become a highly rated centre-back in the last year and a bit, and it shows with Swansea willing to fork out £2.5million on the man from Espanyol. He made a total of 41 appearances for his parent club, plus 27 more outings for Rayo Vallecano on loan last term.
His fledging international career has seen him represent Spain at nearly every level, apart from senior level. Watching his performances in the Europa League, he will add ample cover for Ashley Williams and Chico Flores. He may still have much to learn but the early signs are promising.
Was probably the surprise package of Michael Laudrup`s signings this summer. I bet very few had heard of the 21 year-old from Real Betis. Another addition to Swansea`s attacking midfield options and the Spaniard has quick feet and has an eye for finding space.
It`s been another positive start for another new signing, scoring in both of the home legs of the Europa League qualifying rounds. There have been very promising cameo appearances in the Premier League also. Will be interesting to see how he develops over the season and how integral he is to Laudrup`s plans?
There was talk all the way through last season that Canas would be joining Swansea. I think it was more of question as to when he was going to join. Rumours were that Swansea were willing to bring the Spaniard in in January but decided to sign the Real Betis midfielder on a free.
Has been involved in every game so far and has been consistently the Swans best midfielder so far. While he may not grab any headlines for goal scoring exploits, his hard work in front of the back four will be instrumental. All this is not good news for Leon Britton, Canas has now come in and occupied the position "Brits" has nailed down for many years.
However, Leon must have been pre-pared to face the fact that he may not be first choice for too much longer.
Initially signed on a season-long loan deal, with a view to a permanent move, the current Spanish under-21 man will be hoping to make good on his growing reputation. The Barcelona born striker was part of Spain`s Under-21 European Championship winning side last summer and has been the leading scorer at the 2011 under-20 World Cup.
As Laudrup has pointed out, his characteristics are different to Michu and Bony. While our two main frontmen are there for their physical presence, while Vazquez will add the pace needed up top.
The Dutch midfielder was a fans` favourite, even though his time at Swansea was blighted by a number of injuries.
Unfortunately he was never able to nail down a starting place so he very rarely made an impact on the pitch.
He will probably be remembered for his Man of the Match display against Manchester United, at the Liberty, last season. Where he had the midfield in his pocket.
Sadly it is the harsh truth that he may have struggled for game time, especially with Laudrup constantly looking to add strength in depth to his squad.
Had a bright stint in the promotion winning season, 2010/11, with 3 goals helping the Swans to the play-off final. Could only manage two goals in the Premier League in 2011/12 but one will be remembered for the rest of Swansea City` history. Moore`s header condemned, eventual champions, Manchester City to defeat on their first visit to the Liberty.
Moore added three more league goals, towards the end of last season, after he was called up as support for Michu following the departure of Danny Graham. Scoring the winner against Newcastle, in the defeat to West Brom and the equaliser at Norwich.
Considering his decent form towards the end of last term, it was a slight surprise to see him leave. However there is more quality being attracted to Swansea these days and his inconsistency would have meant he wouldn`t have stuck around for much longer.
Left Arsenal to find first-team football without going out on loan, and comes to Swansea where he sent out on loan to find first-team football. Made a total of three league appearances last season, while also playing in the Capital One Cup first round against Barnsley, and the FA Cup defeat to his former team Arsenal.
Like Jordi Amat, he is young and it will have to be seen if he is integral to Laudrup`s long-term plans.
Was regularly included in most of Laudrup`s sides last season, so for me to see him shipped out to Sunderland on loan was the biggest surprise for me. Playing mainly as a holding midfielder his goal scoring was never going to be a deciding factor as to whether he was going to be a success.
38 appearances in his debut season says all you need to know about how the South Korean is regarded at Swansea. I was pleasantly surprised how well he fitted in at Swansea, and to be fair Laudrup has said that it is not the end of Ki at Swansea and that I am pleased about.
"We all dream of a team of Alan Tates!"
Well maybe five years ago we did, and he epitomised everything about Swansea, giving your all. The former Manchester United trainee has been a stalwart at Swansea, even stretching back to the days at the Vetch Field. All the way up to the Championship he was a dead cert in the Swans line-up and created history by captaining the Swans in their Premier League debut at Manchester City.
However, the level of quality sharply rises from the Championship to the Premier League. Tatey was always going to struggle to play at all under Laudrup and that has seen him leave for Yeovil on loan.
For the best case scenario, Laudrup would have preferred to offload the defender, but Tate is due his testimonial and that is why he has not left permanently.
With a few surprises, in terms of incomings and the transfer fees paid, I believe the Swans have done some very shrewd business yet again. To match, what was an extraordinary, last season will be extremely difficult but another challenge at the top 10 is not beyond the expectations, realistically. Hopefully they can balance their participation in the Europa League and their Premier League exploits into another solid season.