Swansea star Bersant Celina proved against Brentford that he can replace Dan James at the Liberty Stadium if the Welshman departs for Leeds, or anywhere else for that matter, in the summer.
The Kosovo international ran the show against the Bees, and whilst it was James who will hog the headlines for his blistering solo-goal that was reminiscent of his fellow Welshman Gareth Bale, it was Celina who kept things ticking and arguably had more of an influence on the game in general.
The former Manchester City attacking midfielder now has six goals and four assists for the Swans this season, and looks more than capable of handling the pressure of stepping up to the plate to replace James if he does end up leaving.
Well, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have already revealed that they intend to come back in for the 21-year-old in the summer after seeing a January deal for the youngster collapse at the last hour.
Furthermore, Graham Potter’s Swansea will be in an extremely difficult negotiating position if Leeds achieve promotion to the Premier League, which, coupled with the fact that James will have just a year left on his deal in the summer, could see them give in and sell their academy graduate.
As this article from The Guardian states, Swansea’s owners are causing problems in South Wales and appear hell-bent on selling any player that does well in white, so there seems no reason why James will be kept on when he could be sold for a decent amount under the current ownership.
With all that taken into account, the chances of Celina having to fill James’ boots look extremely likely, but his recent performances and the masterclass against Brentford – which fired the Swans into the FA Cup quarter-finals – should allow the Liberty Stadium faithful to be more relaxed about the whole situation.