With the January transfer window now open, where will Swansea City be looking to improve their squad?
As they battle to stop themselves from relegation to the Championship, Swansea City manager Paul Clement will be desperate to improve his squad during the January transfer window. Despite having plenty to spend under their new American ownership, new boss Clement will need to be careful to bring in the right players. The Swans are now very much in a relegation battle, and are in need of some new blood to jump start their season.
With that in mind, we take a look at three areas Swansea will be looking to add to this month, as the race to stay in the Premier League hots up.
New Swansea City manager Paul Clement
A New Central Defender
Swansea City have been extremely poor at the back this season, and it is very likely that the first area Paul Clement will look to address is his back four. After losing captain and stalwart centre-back Ashley Williams to Everton over the summer, Swansea have lacked a smart and physical presence in their back line, and will be looking for a proper replacement this month. Inter Milan's Andrea Ranocchia might be a good option, should Clement look to buy from abroad. Clement may also look to take advantage of Manchester United's surplus of central defenders, and make an ambitious approach for the likes of Chris Smalling.
Andrea Ranocchia (L)
A Goal Threat From Midfield
Though littered with a number of defensive midfielders, Swansea City are lacking attacking threats from the centre of midfield, other than their Icelandic star Gylfi Sigurdsson. To relieve some of the pressure off Sigurdsson, Paul Clement may well turn to one of a number attacking options, both in the Premier League in the Championship. In their own division, Swansea could turn to either Stoke City's Bojan or Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing on loan, whereas in the Championship, Swansea City might look at Barnsley's impressive captain, Conor Hourihane, who only has 6 months left on his contract.
Barnsley's Conor Hourihane scores from a free kick
A New Striker
As well as improving their defence, Swansea City are in desperate need of goals, and have been linked with a move for Newcastle United fan favourite, Aleksander Mitrovic, by Wales Online. Mitrovic shows a lot of promise, however, the striker didn't go a great job of saving his current team Newcastle United from the drop, and therefore might not be the most reliable move for the Swans. Instead, Paul Clement could turn to some of his options abroad, possibly utilising his knowledge of German football by bringing in striker Anthony Modeste from FC Koln.
Anthony Modeste (L)