Swansea had an eventful 2015/16 season, going through two permanent managers and finding themselves in a relegation battle.
They were able to eventually steer well clear of the drop, ending the campaign in 12th.
However, they still need to improve if they are to have a more fruitful 2016/17, if they are to avoid their 4/1 price of being relegated, and here is a transfer approach that would help them in that regard – their lowest total in their five seasons since promotion:
Buy – Wissam Ben Yedder
The Swans struggled in front of goal last term, finding the net on just 42 occasions in the Premier League.
Stoke City were the only side to finish above them and score fewer, suggesting that finding someone to register on a more regular basis would be helpful.
Andre Ayew finished the term as the Welsh side’s top scorer, netting 12 times, so recruiting from Ligue 1 clearly works for the club.
Ben Yedder banged in 17 in the French top flight for Toulouse in 2015/16 and is the most obtainable target who Swansea can aspire to sign with figures in that range.
Bringing in another forward of this calibre would allow Ayew to focus more on playing in attacking midfield, his favoured position, while not worrying about losing their goal threat.
Sell – Wayne Routledge
The Englishman contributed very little to Swansea’s cause this term, managing just two goals and one assist in 28 Premier League outings.
Indeed it was a second successive year in which he contributed little, having mustered just three top-tier strikes and one assist in 2014/15, so it looks like the 31-year-old’s best years are behind and it would therefore be wise to move him on.
Keep – Neil Taylor
The Welsh international didn’t have the best of campaigns in 2015/16, but that shouldn’t be held against him too much.
He was able to contribute an assist from defence despite otherwise not offering as much as Swans supporters have become accustomed too, but his pass success rate was only 78.2%.
However, despite not performing at his best at club level, he has looked reliable for Wales at Euro 2016 – even scoring a goal – and this should encourage fans of the Liberty Stadium outfit.