Swansea City must learn from last year's transfer business

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Swansea City rejecting bids from West Ham United for Alfie Mawson and Lukasz Fabianski brings up memories of Gylfi Sigurdsson signing for Everton late in last summer's transfer window.

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City and Robert Snodgrass of West Ham United battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion at Liberty...

The BBC reported on Friday that Swansea City have turned down bids from West Ham United for goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and defender Alfie Mawson.

Rejecting bids for their top players can't help but stir up memories of last summer, when a protracted transfer sage resulted in star man Gylfi Sigurdsson eventually being sold to Everton for an initial £40 million.

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton during the Premier League match between Burnley and Everton at Turf Moor on March 3, 2018 in Burnley, England.

That was an awful lot of money for a player at the lower end of the Premier League - and you could understand why Swansea took the money in the end - but Sigurdsson wasn't sold until after the Premier League season had kicked off, and Swansea struggled to replace him. It would, in fact, take until January 31st and the signing of Andre Ayew before a replacement was found. Given that Swansea ended up only four points from Premier League safety last season, the delay in signing up Sigurdsson's replacement could be viewed as a somewhat expensive mistake.

From that perspective, holding onto Mawson and Fabianski looks like an ideal way to halt a further slide - but it's not that simple.

Alfie Mawson of Swansea City celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Hull City and Swansea City at KCOM Stadium on March 11, 2017 in Hull, England.

Both Swansea players actually have a lot more to gain from leaving the club than Sigurdsson did a year ago. Mawson is on the brink of the England squad and will feel that top-flight football is a necessity. Fabianski, on the other hand, knows that plenty of teams will be interested in him given that quality goalkeepers seem few and far between in the top European leagues at the moment.

Lukasz Fabianski of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Burnley and Cardiff City at Turf Moor on  August 13, 2016 in Burnley, England.

Mawson and Fabianski both know that they further their careers by moving from Swansea. And if it's going to be difficult to hold onto the two men, Swansea must learn the most important lesson from last year - get the business done early and bring in replacements as soon as possible.

Lukasz Fabianski (1) and Alfie Mawson of Swansea City (6) celebrate victory with team mates during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Leicester City at Liberty Stadium on...

 

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