Can any of these Swansea summer signings replace Sigurdsson?
FootyOn experts assess the pros and cons of potential Swansea summer signings funded by the sale of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton.
As Swansea City have agreed a reported £45,000,000 fee with the Toffees for Iceland international Sigurdsson, time is short to secure replacements.
Paul Clement will surely have funds to spend, so will be thankful no changes have been made to the transfer window.
Only one of the Swansea summer signings was involved in their opening day draw at Southampton.
Swans loan acquisition Tammy Abraham lined up in attack, while midfielder Roque Mesa was an unused sub.
In light of all this, then, what are the pros and cons of three potential Swansea summer signings as Sigurdsson replacements?
Joe Allen added goals to game last term
Wales and Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen knows the Swans, having played in three divisions for them (2007-12).
He followed Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool after playing around 150 games for the Liberty Stadium side.
While life at Anfield didn’t really work out for Allen, he is hardly alone in that.
Fellow Welshman Mark Hughes splashed a reported £13,000,000 to bring him to the Potters last summer.
Given regular football at Stoke, Allen scored six Premier League goals last term – one less than his entire Swansea haul.
Erstwhile engine room partner Leon Britton is still in south Wales, but would the Potters part with a key performer?
Stoke have rebuffed rumoured approaches, as this looks a prospective sideways move to a mid-table or even relegation rival.
Another concern is a lack of evidence to suggest he could replace Sigurdsson’s creativity.
While Allen has added goals to his game, just five Premier League assists in his top-flight career is a poor return.
Sigurdsson scored nine and made 13 goals for his Swansea teammates last term, so Allen alone doesn’t look capable of covering that.
Nacer Chadli a similar story to Sigurdsson
Another of the mooted Swansea signings reportedly considered among Sigurdsson replacements is Belgium and West Bromwich Albion winger Nacer Chadli.
After leaving Tottenham last summer and becoming the Baggies’ record transfer, Tony Pulis used Chadli to great effect off the front.
Having failed to make the grade at Spurs, like Sigurdsson, there are parallels between the two White Hart Lane teammates from 2013/14.
Pulis is “desperate” to get more bodies into The Hawthorns before the transfer window shuts, so that would raise doubts about a prospective sale.
Chadli is odds-on at 1/2 with Sky Bet, however, to switch to the Swans as Sigurdsson’s replacement.
When given regular football at Tottenham he got double figures for goals in the 2014/15 season, so the ability is there.
Swansea fans may remember another Belgium forward, Roland Lamah, who flopped at the Liberty.
Chadli is in a different class to him, though, and a national team squad regular with 35 caps.
There is more to like about this attacking alternative, but Sigurdsson’s sale means replacing him comes at an inflated price.
Clement going down the Chadli route seems the most sensible direct way of covering the squad gap.
Wilfried Bony return only makes sense if Llorente leaves
Ivory Coast frontman Wilfried Bony is an outcast at Manchester City after spending last season on loan at Stoke alongside Allen.
Garbiel Jesus’ winter arrival at the Etihad also pushed him further down the pecking order, so a return to south Wales is an option.
Leaving the Swans looks to have been a mistake for Bony, as he has scored just eight Premier League goals since.
To put that in context, he managed nine in the half-season before joining City in January 2015.
Having averaged pretty much a goal every other game for Swansea, Bony coming back could appease any unhappy Liberty Stadium supporters over the Sigurdsson sale.
Sky Bet go as short as 1/3 that he he returns to his former club this summer.
The trouble with Bony going back is the Swans have another out-and-out striker on their books in Fernando Llorente.
Basque Country native and target man Llorente is a World Cup winner with Spain and it’s still hard to believe Swansea have him.
If he were to leave, though, then buying Bony back would make more sense.
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte signed Llorente when in charge at Juventus and may be seeking a striker if Diego Costa leaves Stamford Bridge.
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