3 Sheffield Wednesday players Carlos Carvalhal should sign for Swansea City
Swansea City's 1-0 win over Liverpool last Monday could prove the catalyst to turn its season around. The Swans spirits have been lifted since new boss Carlos Carvalhal arrived in late December. Although the Welsh side are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, they haven't been cut adrift.
Swansea must make some signings, though. Strengthening the squad before Wednesday's transfer deadline would improve their survival chances. Carvalhal may look to his former club Sheffield Wednesday. The Portuguese did a good job in his first two seasons with the Owls, securing play-off positions on both occasions. His sights should now be set on raiding the Yorkshire club.
Here are three Sheffield Wednesday players Carvalhal could sign for Swansea.
Bannan flourished under Carvalhal's guidance, developing into one of the Championship's best central midfielders. It's baffling how a Premier League side hasn't snapped him up yet. The Scotland international has previous top-flight experience for Aston Villa as a youngster. He has matured since, though, and would be a shrewd signing for Swansea.
Bannan's form has been affected by injury this season, but he would add much-needed battling qualities to the Swans midfield. Carvalhal built his Sheffield Wednesday team around the Scot. Replicating that at Swansea could prove successful.
On top form, Bannan makes the Owls a force to be reckoned with. If the Swans persuade him to join but then suffer relegation this season, they would have a proven, top-quality Championship player in their ranks to help regain top-flight status.
Hooper is a proven goalscorer, having struck 225 times in 543 games during his career. He is the type of forward Swansea crave at the moment.
The Swans have struggled to find the net this season, scoring only 15 goals in 24 league games. Hooper, meanwhile, a proven poacher, has bagged 11 goals for a below-par Sheffield Wednesday.
After working together at Hillsborough, Carvalhal understands Hooper's strengths. The former Scunthorpe United, Celtic and Norwich City striker scored 19 goals in two seasons under the Portuguese coach, despite missing large parts due to injury.
Hooper also has a point to prove in the Premier League after failing to make an impact while at the Canaries. It would play to his and Swansea's advantage should a move come about.
Joao was brought to England by Carvalhal from Portuguese side Nacional. The 6''3' striker has been a handful for Championship defences since arriving in 2015. Even though his goal-scoring record isn't prolific, scoring only 11 goals in 71 games for Sheffield Wednesday, he has a promising future ahead.
Joao would be a long-term option for Swansea. A safe signing who wouldn't mind dropping back down to the second tier next season. Carvalhal could use the Portuguese frontman as an impact substitute in the fight for Premier League survival.
Swansea currently don't have a big striker to throw on when trailing in a game. Joao would fill that void.