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Will Swansea’s new signings keep them up?

Friday 20th January 2017
The Welsh club are rock bottom of the Premier League table but can take comfort from the fact that they are just one point from safety. Paul Clement's first game in charge was a painful 4-0 loss at home to Arsenal and he has reacted to this defeat by signing three players he believes can turn their season around.

Martin Olsson

The Swedish full-back will certainly be an asset for Clement's side. Olsson has played a lot of games in the top flight of English football for Blackburn and Norwich and has 40 international caps. Often he tries to overlap the winger in front of him or make solo runs down the left flank and his deliveries into the box are usually effective. What he must not do is over-commit to the attacks and leave gaps in the already shaky Swansea defence. The Welsh side have conceded 49 goals already this season, more than any other team in the division and urgently need to resolve this. Olsson has a lot of pace and stamina and as long as he remains disciplined defensively, I can see him contributing at both ends of the pitch.

Tom Carroll

This signing is more of a gamble. Carroll came through the ranks at Tottenham but failed to become a regular in the first team like Dele Alli and Harry Kane. The 24-year-old was loaned to Swansea a couple of years ago and despite making just 13 appearances, the club must have seen some potential in him. Although the central-midfielder is a great passer of the ball, he is yet to come to terms with the physicality of the league and this is perhaps why Tottenham let him go. In saying this, Carroll could help Swansea become a high possession team once again. The Swans used to be frustrating good at keeping the ball and wearing teams down and Carroll could be the player to aid in the revival of this style of play. The competition for places in central midfield is strong so Carroll will need to hit the ground running at Swansea if he wants to be a constant feature in Clement's side.

Luciano Narsingh

Signed for just £4 million, the Dutchman could be the bargain of the window. He has incredible pace and is more of an old fashion winger because he prefers hugging the touchline and trying to stretch the opposition's defence. He has 16 caps for the Netherlands and scored the winner against England in a friendly last March. Swansea fans will hope that Narsingh will be more effective than the other fast wingers they have signed in the past few years. Nathan Dyer, Jefferson Montero and Modou Barrow may all struggle to get into the starting XI if the new signing impresses early on. Vincent Janssen's poor performances for Tottenham highlight how much of a step up there is from the Eredivisie to the Premier League and Narsingh needs to be prepared for this jump. The winger's main jobs will be to cross the ball into his 6ft 4in teammate Fernando Llorente and to find Gylfi Sigurdsson who likes to drift into good pockets of space around the edge of the box.

Overall, the total cost of these three players is just £12.5 million. Although this is a great bit of business by the club, I still feel Swansea need to bring in one or two more players if they want to avoid relegation. Clement's priority in the transfer window should now be a strong centre-back as they are yet to properly replace Ashley Williams. I fully expect The Swans to make a couple more signings before the window closes but as the club are not blessed with funds, fans may have to hope that a few bargains become available on transfer deadline day.
Robert Wiltshire
I am a Creative Writing MA graduate with a love for playing, watching and writing about football.

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