The wheels have slowly started to come off at Swansea City, who were previously one of the most vibrant and exciting attacking teams in the league. Manager Garry Monk has found himself under pressure, merely weeks after being linked with Liverpool job following his excellent work at the Liberty Stadium since taking over.
Despite having the likes of Jefferson Montero, Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew at his disposal, Monk has seen his side slip down into 13th place, having won just three games this season. And it was all looking so promising after the 2-2 draw with Chelsea on the opening day.
The squad may need a revamp. Portuguese striker Eder was the most expensive signing in the summer at just £5m, though Ayew arrived on a free. Perhaps chairman Huw Jenkins will afford his young manager the relevant funds in the New Year to try and turn the situation around.
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He’s been in fantastic form for the Bees, netting six times and assisting a further four. Judge fits the mould of a Swansea – technically gifted and not overly expensive.
With just 18 months left on his deal, the London club could be wise to sell up while they still can.
Spurs winger Andros Townsend is said to be a loan target when the New Year rolls around, having struggled to break into Mauricio Pochettino’s side and Euro 2016 on the horizon.
The England man would certainly suit the Swansea attack, further proving width though mixing it with an impressive ability to cut inside. It’s hard to imagine him reclaiming his place as Spurs look to create a new identity – so a loan move could be beneficial to all parties.
The 24-year old appeared to be involved in a bust up with fitness coach Nathan Gardner following the win over Aston Villa, adding fuel to the fire surrounding his potential departure.
Former Man United youngster Michael Keane has been linked with a move to Swansea, after impressing for Burnley. The England U21 star has been a rock at heart of Sean Dyche’s defence, averaging 4.6 clearances a match.
With the backline looking leaky, Keane could easily slot next to Ashley Williams, and potentially be moulded into the Welshman’s long term successor.
He has also been linked with Everton and Newcastle, but Monk could swoop for the former Derby and Leicester man, with a £2m move mooted.
Links with defensive reinforcements seem to be a recurring theme ahead of the January window for Swansea, with River Plate man Eder Alvarez Balanta reportedly lined up.
The Colombia international is a strong, imposing centre half with prowess in the air and equally adept with the ball at his feet, traits that would see him slot nicely into the Swans’ backline.
Having had a relatively cheap summer, the Liberty Stadium outfit could be tempted to make a move for a top class defender in order to solidify their position in the Premier League.
French defender Franck Tabanou has revealed he ‘cannot stay like this’, having only appeared in two Capital One Cup games so far this term.
Having arrived in the summer, the 26-year old is said to be frustrated at his lack of playing time and is set to reconsider his situation when the New Year rolls around.
The former Saint-Etienne man stated, ‘we will make a decision in December.’
With Neil Taylor currently first-choice in the left-back berth, Monk could see a chance to recoup some of the £3.5m shelled out for him just a few months ago, now he has publicly vented his frustration.