Swansea City are the latest club to be linked with a move for Rochdale striker Stephen Humphrys ahead of the summer and the 23-year-old could prove to be an excellent addition to Steve Cooper’s side if he moves to south Wales.
According to The 72 on Twitter, Swansea have joined the race to sign the former Fulham man in the summer after his impressive performances in League One so far this season.
Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, Stoke City and Preston North End have all previously been credited with an interest in the forward, so it seems likely that he will be departing Spotland this summer, especially if Rochdale fail to avoid relegation to League Two.
Humphrys has impressed in Brian Barry-Murphy’s side this season after returning to the Dale in a summer switch from Southend United, having previously spent time on loan with the League One outfit in the 2018/19 campaign.
The young striker has contributed 10 goals and three assists in just 25 league appearances for Rochdale so far this season, averaging an impressive 7.09 WhoScored rating, although injury problems have disrupted his campaign.
The 23-year-old offers a decent aerial threat, whilst he is also adept at holding the ball up and taking on defenders, so could offer Cooper more of a physical presence up front. He has also scored some memorable free-kick goals this season, with his effort in the 4-4 draw against Charlton Athletic earlier in the campaign standing out as a goal of the season contender.
Considering Rochdale’s precarious financial situation, as well as the fact that Humphrys’ contract is set to expire at the end of next season, he could prove to be a bargain option for Swansea City in the summer transfer window.
The forward has impressed in a relegation-threatened side this term, so he could certainly find the net with more regularity in a team such as Swansea, who will surely be looking to challenge for promotion to the Premier League again next season if they fail to go up this time around.
Therefore, Humphrys could prove to be an excellent addition to Cooper’s side, and given the low-risk nature of the transfer, Julian Winter should do his utmost to attract him to the Liberty Stadium this summer.