...By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
After a promising season, Swansea City is bracing themselves for significant changes during the upcoming summer.
Currently, manager Russell Martin is on the verge of joining Southampton, who were recently relegated and are looking to rebuild for an immediate return to the top-flight.
The move is expected to be finalized soon, prompting speculation about Martin’s successor at Swansea.
Not only the manager, but several players in the current squad are also facing uncertain futures.
While the club hasn’t ruled out the possibility of retaining some of them, it appears that Liam Manning, Kyle Naughton, and Joel Latibeaudiere are likely to leave as their contracts expire.
Manning, who was voted Swansea’s player of the season, has been linked with a move to Leeds United.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see him seek higher-level opportunities. Star striker Joel Piroe, with just one year left on his contract, seems destined for a transfer, which would be a significant loss from a financial standpoint.
Similarly, Nathan Wood’s impressive performances at the back have garnered attention, but with an option on his contract, the urgency to sell him this summer might be lower.
Apart from Piroe, Morgan Whittaker, another forward, could attract interest from other clubs.
Rangers manager Michael Beale is reportedly an admirer of the former Derby County talent, while Steven Schumacher, who worked with him at Plymouth Argyle, might also be interested in a reunion.
There is a strong possibility that Martin will attempt to bring some of his trusted players, such as Matt Grimes, to Southampton.
Grimes played a key role under Martin’s management and expressed his satisfaction with the team’s progress and style of play.
Southampton, benefitting from Premier League parachute payments, could pose a challenge for Swansea if they decide to poach their players.
However, the potential price tags remain uncertain, and Swansea’s board is aware that a squad rebuild is imminent.
The club already needs to address vacancies in the full-back and goalkeeper positions, and additional firepower up front would be welcomed.
With the potential need for strikers and midfielders, a significant recruitment effort is required, but success is not guaranteed.
It is evident that Swansea City is already faced with tasks to address during the summer transfer window.
While the situation remains uncertain, the club must be prepared to navigate potential departures and rebuild the squad.