Swansea need to make big statement in the transfer market this summer

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The season is trundling to an end for Swansea, although it has been over for a long time. The club have gone from securing their highest Premier League finish of eighth, to languishing in the bottom reaches of the table, after a calamitous period under Garry Monk.

There was even a period where the club drifted near to the relegation zone, but now it is fairly certain they will feature in next year's Premier League. With their safety now secure, the Swans can look to the future, as to who to sign in the summer to bring themselves back up to the levels we have come to expect.

In terms of a striker, Swansea of failed to fill the hole left by the big transfer of Wilfred Bony. It looked in the early stages of the season that Bafetimbi Gomis was going to set English top flight alight, with four goals in his first four games, yet the striker has lost his way, with his season total sitting at five.


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It is clear the club has lacked a focal point for their attacks, which had previously given them so much success. Bony scored 17 and 11 goals during his two campaigns at Swansea. Clearly a striker who plays with a similar style to the successful Bony would be ideal, using their physicality to their advantage, and the ability to bring players into the game with hold up.

The Swans have to look no further than a struggling Belgian who wants to desperately leave his club, Christian Benteke. It is clear his career at Anfield is over after his recent comments about constantly being overlooked by Jurgen Klopp.

Benteke is a big player, who can use his head in the box, and can show touches of world-class, as demonstrated by his goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier in the season.

He has good Premier League experience and has been a consistent scorer when he's been played every week, notching 19, 10 and 13 goals during each season at Aston Villa.

His total for this season stands at seven, which doesn't seem very impressive, especially considering the price Liverpool played for him. However, he's achieved this total with about half the game time he has had in previous seasons and a good portion of that time has come from being a substitute used late in the game.

For example, in his most prolific season, Benteke spent 2818 minutes on the pitch, compared to this season's 1288. The only problem for the Swans could be his price, with Liverpool probably looking to cut their losses on the £32 million they forked out on him. The new TV deal coming into effect next season is set to boost each club financially and therefore a Benteke firing on all cylinders could be a tasty prospect for Swansea.

A forward is only as good as the chances they are provided with, so Swansea will have to find a classy set of players to play behind their striker.

The team tends to play with a 4-2-3-1 formation and in Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Ayew they already have two top creative sparks. These two, with a great striker, should provide a steady flow of goals.

Ayew is the assist leader with four, which shows how dire the need for more creativity to back them up. Montero looked lively at the start of the season, but has missed large parts of the campaign and has struggled to supply an end product to his mazy runs.

For a new winger, there are plenty of available options. Jesus Navas is an unlikely possibility but the Manchester City has seven assists to his name without really nailing down a first team place.

With Pep Guardiola coming in the summer, he is expected to freshen up the squad which could force Navas to leave in search of a club where he can play consistently.

His pace is a force to be reckoned with, an attribute which the current team is slightly lacking, but often his balls into the box are blind. If available, he would be a real coup for the Swans.

For sitting midfielders, the club already have a lot of players with plenty of experience: Jack Cork, Leroy Fer, Ki Sung-Yueng and Leon Britton.

Experience is one thing, but quality is another. The manager may want to look for someone with more energy and quality improve the robustness in the middle of the park.

Georginio Wijnaldum, although not strictly a player for this position, would be a useful addition. The man has quality and has nine goals and five assists from his first season in English top flight.

Although four of those goals came in one game, the Dutchman's energy, running and quality on the ball has been a bright spark in a difficult season for Newcastle.

He also won Dutch Footballer of the Year in his last season in the Eredivisie, so it is unlikely that such a quality player will stick around if Newcastle sink to the Championship.

In defence, the club have a fantastic captain in Ashley Williams. He has led the club through their darkest period this season, popping in two goals for his team.

Federico Fernandez is also a decent centre-back, but the club may want to consider bringing in another to add more depth to the squad. The Swans could look at Ludovic Sane, who has already caught the eye of another Premier League club, Aston Villa.

The Senegalese international has fallen out of favour at his club, but has been consistent for Bordeaux since 2009, therefore could offer Swansea good experience and a solid rotation option.

Swansea have additionally struggled at full-back. For example, Neil Taylor has contributed just two assists this season. The team like to play with possession and encourage their defenders to bring the ball out of the back, so forward thinking full-backs are important are key to their success.

If Sunderland are relegated this season, in the probable exodus of their players, the Welsh side could poach Patrick van Aanholt.

Even in a struggling Black Cats side, the left-back is the joint-top goalscoring defender in the league and Sunderland's second top scorer with five strikes so far.

His defensive capability has been questioned in the past but with the right training and organisation, he can become a very reliable defender. It is a gamble certainly worth considering how cheap he could be if Sunderland go down.

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