|Swansea boosted by the release of unwanted players.|
If you’re someone who follows the Wales football and Swansea City FC, you might already be aware that the club’s pre-season campaign is already on. Many of the club members belonging to the youth setup as well as the first-team stars are presently undergoing a week-long training camp under the new Swansea City boss Steve Cooper, in Spain. However, July 1st marked a very important day for the financial health and overall future of the club.
As it was on the cards, a good number of players including Luciano Narsingh, Wilfred Bony, Martin Olsson, Leroy Fer and many youth players were officially released by Swansea after concluding the 2018/19 campaign (Read story here at bbc.com). Their release was finalised on May 18 and they will no longer be contracted to the club. Wayne Routledge on the other hand was released and then handed a one year deal afterwards, and there’s a possibility that he’ll be playing a behind-the-scenes role in the future at SA1.
Even though the contracts of all these players expired on June 30th, July 1st is the day when they ceased to exist in the Swans’ books, which is music to the ears of the top management at Liberty Stadium.
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Why the need?
The relegation of the club from the top flight hit it very hard last year, and the first-team squad faced quite a setback during the two transfer windows, when Graham Potter was at the helm of the affairs. Major steps and decisions had to be taken for financial stability of the Swans. And now it can be safely stated that the club will be saving plenty of money this summer after the release of Bony and the others.
Wilfred Bony, who will now be playing for Al-Arabi, the Qatari club, is a well-known Ivory Coast striker who was being paid close to £ 100,000 per week, summing up to a massive £ 5.2 million per year. Luciano Narsingh on the other hand had a disastrous career at Swansea and both he and the club would be relieved that his stint is finally over. He combined with Leroy Fer, the former captain of the club, and Martin Olsson were each being paid in the vicinity of £ 50,000 per week, summing up to £ 2.6 million per year. These four players combined were costing the club around £ 250,000 per week, amounting to £ 30 million each year.
There were many under 23 players as well, such as Ryan Blair, Keston Davies and Adam King who although used to be paid much smaller-sized fees, were not delivering the kind of returns that the club wanted.
Not the end
That’s not all, Swans are now focusing on somehow moving Borja Baston, Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew off the rolls too, at the earliest possible, as they continue their efforts to balance the books. The big-money move of Daniel James to Manchester United is expected to majorly reduce the possibility of selling off anymore members of the squad.