JUST IN: Swansea City’s exciting new-look attack and the missing…

Nothing’s fully confirmed yet, but the indications are that Swansea City are close to sealing their first signing of the summer.

K-League side Gwangju FC claimed earlier this week that they had agreed a fee with the Swans, believed to be around £1m, to take star winger Eom Ji-Sung to south Wales.

Swansea haven’t confirmed any such thing at the time of writing, but with Eom publicly saying his goodbyes to the fans out there, it increasingly feels like a done deal.


It would clearly be a big boost to boss Luke Williams, who has long been aware that reshaping his forward options has been a key priority in this window.

Already, he now has something of a new-look attacking squadron to choose from.

As well as the arrival of Eom, Williams looks set to be boosted by the return to full fitness of Josh Ginnelly, who continues to make progress as he works his way back from the Achilles injury that so wrecked his first season as a Swansea player.

Fans never seem to care for the admittedly cliched phrase ‘like a new signing’, and it’s often easy to understand why. But given Williams hasn’t really had the chance to see what the 27-year-old can do, it’s a valid statement to make in this case.

Williams might still want one or two more bodies in there, but with the encouraging start Ronald has enjoyed as a Swans player, it does feel like he now has some decent options out wide.

Both the Brazilian and Eom can play more central roles too, and we might well see more of that over the coming season, particularly if Jamie Paterson decides his future lies elsewhere.

The 32-year-old is still mulling over a new 12-month extension, and Williams is keen to keep him on board. Should Paterson decide to move on, it will surely add another item to the already pretty lengthy shopping list this summer.

At the top of that list, and this has probably been the case long before the window opened, is a new striker.

Jerry Yates and Jamal Lowe finished last season as the club’s joint-top scorers. Neither will play any part in the coming campaign, with Yates going on loan to Derby County and Lowe joining Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer.

The enigmatic Mykola Kuharevich aside, Liam Cullen is now the only real recognised senior striker available, although some supporters might well feel it’s time to give Kyrell Wilson the opportunity to shine at some point.

Even so, when it comes to out-and-out strikers or goalscorers, there’s clearly a concerning lack of depth.

Addressing that will be crucial to ensuring that any promising foundations yield tangible results. Sources inside SA1 insist this reality isn’t lost on decision-makers at the club, whom they claim are working hard to get a number nine over the line soon.

Macaulay Langstaff and Adama Sidibeh are among some of the names to have been linked this summer, and the Swans are likely to be looking at a number of options over the coming weeks.

Regardless of what happens in the rest of the window, any potential success next season will likely hinge on the outcome of that push

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *