Swansea transfer window overview: the good and the bad for Monk's Swans

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How did Swansea City's January transfer window play out?

What was good

Swansea brought in a whopping £28m for star striker Wilfried Bony, and allowed manager Garry Monk to go out and splash some of that on new signings.

Kyle Naughton and Jack Cork are proven Premier League players, and are both of a good age where they can still develop under Monk's tutelage.

Young midfielder Matt Grimes is one for the future having arrived from Exeter City, showing that Swansea are planning for the future as well as trying to make strides with their current team.

Swansea were also handed a boost late on deadline day as striker Bafetimbi Gomis revealed his intention to stay with the club despite rumours of a move to Premier League rivals West Ham.

Gomis, 29, will be a key player in the second half of the season for Swansea, with the Frenchman replacing Bony in attack - making his decision vital for Monk.

What was bad

The big blow for Swansea in the January transfer window was of course the departure of star man Bony, who left the club to join Manchester City.

The 26-year-old hit 34 goals in 70 games for the Swans, including nine in 22 games this season, and his loss is a huge one for Swansea, who built their attack around the Ivorian.

The arrival of Portuguese striker Nelson Oliveira wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but it wasn't a fantastic move either. Once tipped for stardom, Oliveira's career has stalled in recent years - and having hit just 20 goals in 134 goals in his career, the 23-year-old doesn't look like the kind of player who could replace some of Bony's goalscoring prowess.

Challenges for the summer

Swansea are an ambitious team moving in the right direction, and with just two players purchased for first team purposes in the January transfer window, Monk should still have money left over from Bony's sale to bring in more players.

Norwich left back Martin Olsson and Stuttgart playmaker Alexandru Maxim were reported targets in January, but most of Swansea's plans for the summer will hinge on how Bony is replaced.

If Gomis can be the man to fill the void left by Bony, then Swansea won't need to spend big to replace the Ivorian - but if the former Lyon man struggles, Monk may be forced into the transfer market to land a top striker. 

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