The 2015/16 season may not have started too brightly for Swansea in real life, but you can right the wrongs on Football Manager 16 with some of these diamond transfers.
Garry Monk is under severe pressure, with Brendan Rodgers linked with a return, and the squad – that has looked so good for the last 2 years – is beginning to be questioned.
It’s hard to judge what has gone wrong at the Liberty Stadium, but Football Manager 16 gives you a squad with plenty of talent and the expectation of a top half finish should not be out of your reach.
The sale of Wilfried Bony leaves you a little short in the forward line, whilst you may find that other clubs have their eye on Ki, due to the midfielder’s excellent passing stats.
Whether you think you can push for Europe or not, additions will need to be made to the Swans squad.
Here are FIVE bargains to look over…
Defoe might be well into the ‘veteran’ stage of his career, but the ex-Spurs man is still a regular goal threat on Football Manager.
With a bit of training, the Sunderland striker can play as an inside forward and would be ideal to support Gomis from the flank, or in a 4-4-2 system.
His off the ball movement is still of the highest quality and a couple of prolific seasons will be well worth it with this star.
Signing Silva will take a bit of patience, but this wonderkid will be well worth the tiny investment in a couple of seasons. At only 16 at the start of your save, Silva develops into the ideal lone front man and will be available for under £500k in your first season.
Gomis will not be around for ever, and Silva would be the perfect player to build your attack around by the time you reach your third or fourth season
Hendrick is often overshadowed at Derby by the brilliance of Will Hughes, but this central midfield man has it all.
He will develop for the first few seasons and quickly becomes a player capable of playing in any role in the centre of midfield, making him an ideal partner for either Shelvey or Ki.
Hendrick will do a very good job as the third man in a 4-3-3 for when you are looking to solidify your midfield against the stronger sides.
Henry, like Silva, is a signing for the longer term planning of your save.
Your left-back options are okay to start with at Swansea, but Rico Henry will far surpass another of their abilities within the first couple of seasons.
Additionally, the transfer fee should be extremely cheap, because he is being brought in from a lower league club and is another player to add to the home-grown quota.
It will take quite a bit of your budget to steal one of Arsenal’s starlets, but Crowley is guaranteed to repay the faith that you will show in him.
At his best in a role similar to Jack Wilshere, Crowley can create from deep or be developed into a number 10, he is ideal for Swansea’s style of play and can beat his man in the middle of the park.
The fee can be negotiated to less than £10 million – and only a minority of that upfront – so this is a bargain for the next few seasons.