Swansea City change transfer tack
HUW Jenkins has admitted Swansea City have changed their transfer policy in a bid to “take the risk” out of their summer signings.
Swansea have made a habit of recruiting young, unproven players and then giving them a chance to shine at a higher level in recent years.
But Jenkins has revealed a shift in the club’s approach to transfer dealings in this close season.
Swansea have so far signed Chico Flores, Jonathan de Guzman and Michu — three men who have experience of playing in at least one of Europe’s top leagues.
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And Jenkins concedes that Swansea are conscious of the need to bring in players who they feel can make an immediate impact at first-team level.
“Our aim has been to bring in players who are relatively experienced, who are the right age and can come straight in and contribute,” the Swansea chairman explained.
“Where possible we are going to bring in players who are playing a very good standard of football already.
“We are looking at taking some of the risk factor out as far as knowing whether these boys can compete at this level or not.”
Players like Neil Taylor, Scott Sinclair, Steven Caulker and Danny Graham have all thrived at the Liberty in recent times after being given the opportunity to parade their skills by Swansea.
There are others, like Curtis Obeng and Rory Donnelly, who Swansea hope will make an impression given time.
And Jenkins insists that even now the club are hunting players with something to prove in the Premier League.
“When you look at the players we are bringing in, the hunger and room to grow is there,” he added.
“The challenge is there for them because they have not played in the Premier League before and they have not played for one of the bigger clubs in the division.
“Their challenge is to come in and try to secure a first-team spot to begin with and then see if they can make an impact in the Premier League.”
New Swansea manager Michael Laudrup made it clear when he took the reins from Brendan Rodgers that he felt there was a need to add a clutch of seasoned professionals to the SA1 playing staff.
And Jenkins added: “I think there’s a view not only from Michael but from the club as well that we cannot always look long term with our signings.
“We have to make sure we are strong enough year on year, and we are working hard to make sure we have a strong enough squad this year.
“We have got a few players in already. There are a couple more to come and I think it’s imperative that all of them can add something from day one.”
Israel international forward Itay Schechter, who plays for German side Kaiserslautern, is the latest named to be linked with the Liberty.
Swansea left-back Neil Taylor, meanwhile, is reportedly on the radar for the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham.
Taylor has been in impressive form for Team GB at the Olympic games.