This series see us bring the ‘Lona’ back to ‘Swansealona’. Please click here for part one.
Since last time
I’ve decided to to change the instructions for the team.
There was a few incomings into Swansea – as I felt the squad needed investment. I agreed a £30 million budget with the board – in return they want a top-half finish and quarter finals of the EFL and FA Cup.
The first player to come in to Swansea was Diafra Sakho.
Sakho arrives in south Wales after being transfer listed by West Ham. We part with £8.5 million for the target man – who adds extra depth to our front-line.
Following Sakho is Fabian Delph on loan from Manchester City.
Extra depth in midfield was needed – and this was a great coup from Manchester City. We’ve agreed a transfer fee with City if we want to sign the ex-Aston Villa midfielder.
Juan Forlin follows Delph in at Swansea.
Forlin comes to south Wales for £4.5 million and could be a real gem – he’ll fit in to the rotation side but should be good when called upon.
Another loan signing comes to Swansea in the form of midfielder Joshua Onomah from Tottenham Hotspur.
Onomah is a player who I’ve known from previous Football Manager’s. He’ll add depth to our attacking midfield and give Gylfi Sigurdsson some needed competition.
Next arrival is Charie Taylor from Leeds United.
Taylor at 22 is a real prospect for the future – a real long term replacement for Neil Taylor. Good pace and acceleration and crossing he could be a great player for Swansea.
Gino Peruzzi comes in at right-back from Boca Juniors.
Again more depth at right-back – before Peruzzi we only had Kyle Naughton and Angel Rangel. And for £2.7 million he’ll provide good cover if Naughton does get injured.
The last signing is Martin Paes from NAC Breda.
An excellent keeper for the future – looking forward to see how he develops.
Here’s a summary of our transfers-:
Our pre-season went very well – staying unbeaten!
Our first game of the season is at the Liberty against Arsenal, we’ll be looking at August!