Swansea’s Tom Carroll secured a loan move to Aston Villa late on deadline day and the midfielder becomes Dean Smith’s fifth signing this month – the Swans, meanwhile, have made zero signings and let four players leave, of which Carroll is the latest.
Highest-paid player Wilfried Bony completed a loan move to Qatari outfit Al Arabi and will play there until the season ends – and his contract at the Liberty Stadium runs out – while Jefferson Montero also sealed a temporary switch to West Brom.
Swansea fans will have surely been sweating as the clock ticked closer to the 11pm deadline, with league leaders Leeds stopping at nothing to sign winger Daniel James and Aston Villa keen to get captain Leroy Fer on loan. However, neither left the club and Villa plumped for Carroll instead in the end.
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The former Spurs man has made 13 appearances for Graham Potter’s side this season but hasn’t featured since October, so it is unlikely that he will be missed too much in Wales.
Having kept two of their most important players in Fer and James against all odds, Swansea fans may be willing to forgive the lack of signings – they certainly aren’t too aggrieved by the departure of Carroll, though, as they reacted on Twitter…
Finally some good news 👋
— Tom Fenn (@tomdfenn) January 31, 2019
Has been injured, we have a pretty stable midfield now, don’t need him, prob still prem wages. No biggy imo.
— Rhys Davies ????????? (@rhysthejack) January 31, 2019
Nothing all day about this then boom. How do you mistake Fer for Carroll
— TotalSwansTV (TSTV) (@TotalSwansTV) January 31, 2019
Absolute joke ?
— Marcus Jones (@marcusljones7) February 1, 2019
I dont know what to say…..roll up, roll up, everything must go, 2 for a pound, closing down sale at scfc. Embarrassing
— Newy (@thejonnynew) February 1, 2019
That came out of the blue!
— Lyn Evans (@blindy50) January 31, 2019
There we go again Swansea city providing other players to clubs around us in the championship! What does that say for the ambition of the club 3 seniors players out and yet again 2nd transfer window no one coming in at this rate we’ll be a national league side in 5 years
— Wayne Colegate (@wayne_colegate) January 31, 2019
— Rhys (@SCFC_Rhys) January 31, 2019