Opinion: Swansea should make a risky move for Ndong to chase playoff places

Swansea boss Graham Potter should make a move for midfielder Didier Ndong, who recently had his contract terminated at Sunderland after he failed to return for pre-season training in July and eventually arrived back at the club this week.

What’s the situation?

Ndong was contracted until 2021 at the Stadium of Light, but after the club were relegated to League One at the end of last season he failed to report back during the summer.

The Gabonese international, who has 19 caps for his country, played 21 times in all competitions for the Black Cats last season and is valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt.

However, he now finds himself without a club and is the second player that Sunderland have fired in the last couple of weeks, after Papy Djilobodji eventually returned earlier in the month and comprehensively failed a fitness test.

A big risk

Swansea though could take a big risk and make a move for Ndong, who is now a free-agent. Sunderland paid £13.6m to French side FC Lorient for his signature in 2016, proving that at one point he was an impressive talent and given the chance to impress he could be a shrewd signing for a Championship club if his attitude is right.

At just 24-years-old Ndong is yet to reach his peak in terms of both footballing ability and maturity, so could turn out to be an impressive free signing if he is able to perform.

Swansea have also struggled for central midfielders recently and have been hit with a bit of an injury crisis, meaning that full-back Kyle Naughton has been playing in defensive midfield. The Swans now sit in 14th place in the Championship but will be hoping for a playoff push after being relegated from the Premier League just last season.

So, Swansea fans, would you like to see Potter give Ndong a chance to resurrect his career? Have your say by voting in our poll.