Swansea urged against Neil Taylor sale and Martin Olsson purchase

Neil Taylor Swansea Takes On Rvp

Former Norwich City and Wales striker Iwan Roberts believes Swansea City would be foolish to part with Neil Taylor and bring in Martin Olsson as cover.

Former Norwich City and Wales striker Iwan Roberts has told BBC Sport that Swansea City would be foolish to part with Neil Taylor and bring in Martin Olsson as cover at full-back.

The Guardian are among those to suggest that Crystal Palace have lodged a bid for Taylor as they seek to bring in a natural left-back.

It has also been reported that the Swans have indentified Olsson as a suitable successor should another international performer leave the Liberty Stadium.

They offloaded Ben Davies to Tottenham Hotspur last summer, paving the way for Taylor to nail down a regular starting berth once more.

Roberts believes he is an important part of Garry Monk’s plans and says it makes no sense to part with an established Premier League talent and replace him with a man who has looked shaky at times in the Championship.

He told BBC Sport: "I don't think he's anywhere near the defender Neil Taylor is. I don't think Swansea can really afford to lose him because they haven't got cover."

"He [Olsson] got caught out twice for both Cardiff goals on Saturday and, as a manager, I would want my defenders to defend. If I was Garry Monk I would not want to lose Neil Taylor."

  Total TackleDuel WonTotal ClearanceInterceptionOutfielder BlockAppearancesMins Played
Neil Taylor 49 84 68 46 9 21 1,853

Taylor has spent four-and-a-half years with Swansea, having been snapped up from Wrexham in 2010.

He has proved to be a shrewd investment, helping the Swans into the top-flight and earning 20 caps for Wales.

At 25 years of age there would also appear to be plenty more to come, making him difficult to replace if he were to move on.

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