Swansea City are pretty much resigned to losing Joel Piroe as the transfer window rages on, but there is a near-ready replacement on the wings.
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Having signed the Dutchman from PSV two years ago, his adaptation to life in South Wales has been brilliant. 22 goals last season as the Swans finished 15th in the second tier was simply phenomenal, and despite posting similar figures again this season with 19 goals, it was again in the vein as the men from Russell Martin could not take advantage of the mistakes in the play. -out of the race as they stumbled to tenth place, despite their strong late-season form.
This has unfortunately given Piroe plenty of suitors elsewhere in the division. The 6ft 1in striker has attracted interest from the likes of Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and Everton, with the latter reportedly receiving a swap deal from the Swans in hopes of bringing in Ellis Simms.
But as the Welsh club look to break the slump of losing their star man, there is one player waiting in the wings that they could take advantage of by signing him before the start of the season – Aston Villa’s Keinan Davis.
Why would Keinan Davis be a good fit for Swansea?
Goals would naturally be the main sticking point for a club looking to replace Piroe’s 41 in 87. While Davis has just 12 in his previous 49 at second-tier level – at Watford and Nottingham Forest – five of them came in just fifteen games. the red ones
It was an incredibly memorable season for Forest. Lying at the foot of the table when Steve Cooper came on, a rapid rise up the table saw them win at Wembley to end a 23-year Premier League hiatus. Davis was instrumental in parts; a five-goal haul in 1,073 minutes of football for a possession-heavy team is one goal every two games, essentially the same ratio Piroe boasted.
As the fourth-choice striker at Aston Villa behind Ollie Watkins, Cameron Archer and Jhon Duran, Davis looks set to step up in the summer, and with Swansea having a void in their attacking ranks, he could be the perfect move.
What would Keinan Davis cost Swansea City?
According to German channel Fussball Transfers, Davis only has one year left on his contract; which means Swansea could probably get him on the cheap, an ideal situation when you consider that any deal that takes Davis away from the Swansea.com Stadium is an entirely similar situation.
The publication claims that it would probably take between £4m and £6m to get Davis out of Villa Park; although he hasn’t shown his qualities in the Premier League as such, the striker may not be of much use to Villa this season and therefore Swansea could try his hand per se, provided another club does not collapse.
Piroe would likely go for a similar fee, which makes any deal almost similar.
What has been said about Keinan Davis in the past?
Former Swansea boss Cooper was full of praise for his former loanee while at Forest. He said: “Sometimes you see the powerful player around the box who can make things happen, but he’s also a very good technical player. He’s also difficult to play against. He’s a combative player and a good footballer too.” .
It’s a pretty glowing recommendation from a man who twice got Swansea into the play-offs, and a man who once tried to sign South Wales. He added: “I really wanted to sign him at Swansea so when the opportunity came up here we didn’t hesitate. It’s great to have him here.
“Sometimes you see the powerful player around the box who can make things happen, but he is also a very good technical player. He is also difficult to play against. He is a combative player and also a good footballer. If he can keep playing that, he’ll do well.”