Will this £8m striker help turn things around at Swansea?

Since dramatically failing to assert their dominance throughout the vast majority of the 2015/16 campaign thus far, Swansea City were seemingly forced to strengthen their squad this January, as well as the club’s overall chances of eventually steering clear of the dreaded relegation zone.

…And with the recent £8 million capture of Chievo’s Alberto Paloschi in recent weeks, perhaps the Liberty Stadium faithful have finally found themselves a source of meaningful excitement between now and the end of the season.

The Italian striker has performed admirably well in front of goal this term, and could potentially prove the man to help Francesco Guidolin’s new team make some much needed headway up the Premier League table with all things fairly taken into account.

So then, does this recently captured striker have what it takes to set the Liberty Stadium alight across the rest of the season, or will Alberto Paloschi ultimately prove unable to turn things around for Swansea City in 2015/16?

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As both Bafetimbi Gomis – and the somewhat forgettable figure of Eder – have seemingly failed to do the business in the goal-scoring department down in South Wales this season, the January signing of Alberto Paloschi really couldn’t have arrived at a more opportune moment for the Liberty Stadium faithful.

Both the aforementioned Swansea strikers have subsequently been linked with last minute moves away from their current employers this winter, and as Francesco Guidolin will obviously want to launch a new era of success with the Swans as soon as physically possible, it seems neither player will see much game time under their new manager after admittedly looking short of confidence in front of goal this term.

However, if Paloschi’s most recent form in the Italian game is to offer anything to go by in 2015/16, then surely the Swansea City supporters can prepare for a renewed sense of hope at their club sooner rather than later.

The 26-year-old former Italian U21 international has helped solidify Chievo within Serie A so far this season, his goals have been a major highlight for all those with a vested interest in the Italian footballing scene in 2015/16 – and whilst the Premier League will likely provide Paloschi with a sharp upturn in quality with all things considered – the early indications nonetheless look rather promising for the Swans right in the here and now.

Alberto Paloschi has displayed some intelligent movement in and around the opposition’s penalty box in recent weeks, he has proven able to link up rather effectively with his teammates inside the final third for Chievo, and seemingly warrants taking on the role of Swansea City’s new no. 9 across the remainder of the current campaign.

The Italian centre-forward has already developed a working relationship with new Swansea boss, Francesco Guidolin, in the past of course – which could even help the Swans define a new Italian-themed feeling of positivity at the Liberty Stadium in the not too distant future.

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The newly acquired Swansea man may fail to represent the most physically powerful striker the English game has ever seen however, but via his strong hold-up play with the ball at his feet, this is a player who could easily thrive in South Wales if provided the right amount of ammunition from his new Swansea teammates inside the final third.

The 26-year-old centre-forward has also been purchased for a reasonable price, arguably representing somewhat of a rarity in the Premier League in the modern era.

So then, as Alberto Paloschi seemingly represents a striker with far more manoeuvrability about him than the previously mentioned Gomis and Eder, it seems Swansea City look set to avoid the drop with their new Italian front-man solidly among the action this season.