Swansea City linked with Arsenal striker move – move on, nothing to see here?

Saturday, 18 May 2024, 9:00
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Every close season and every transfer window brings about a host of links that never come to any fruition so it should never set any level of panic when names are just linked in the press or in any form of transfer discussion.

Often the names are linked by player representatives desperate to generate more interest in their players whilst on other occasions the reasoning is because they know that their clients will need to be on the lookout for a new club in the near future.

You only have to look back on any of the transfer windows, more so since we have moved to two windows a year, to understand that many of the names linked never actually come to fruition and often it is the players who are not linked that turn into actual transfer deals.  In fairness to the club here as well this is something that we have improved on in recent years and it has certainly been a mission of the current ownership group to plug the leaks that so often existed within the club in previous years.   That is not to say that public speculation does not come to anything on every occasion but we certainly shouldn’t assume that speculation, more so the early stuff, is an indication of our transfer policy.

That is certainly the case yesterday when the name of Nathan Butler-Oyedeji was linked to the Swans with Football Insider (Pete O’Rourke a long standing journalist who links plenty of players) saying that both us and Bristol City are interested in the player.

Thirteen substitute appearances on loan at Cheltenham last season produced no goals for Butler-Oyedeji last season on top of his zero return for Accrington (5 starts, 6 as substitute) the season before.    His four goal tally comes for Arsenal Under-21s in the Johnstones Paint Trophy although he did score five in eleven for Arsenal Under-21s last season when his loan spell at Cheltenham ended.

As well as the Swans and Bristol City you have German clubs Schalke and FC Nurnberg also being credited with interest in the player who has been at Arsenal from the age of eight.  He is expected to leave Arsenal this summer no matter what his destination is and that probably puts him in the category mentioned above of players where representatives are keen to drum up interest ahead of the summer activity.

For us this is a simple one, any interest that the Swans have will not be for immediate first team action.  At the age of twenty-one there is still much development ahead for the player so whilst we will not dismiss it completely this is not a player we are looking at to solve our problems up front.

The summer of speculation is here.

Images courtesy of Getty Images, Athena Picture Agency and Swansea City Football Club.

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Alan Curtis

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Yeah a striker with zero goals in first team football is exactly what we DON'T need right now. There is no way that I can see this being a genuine link and is either work by agents or journalists throwing random links together to drum up click bait.

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Roger Freestone

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His record elsewhere is total dogshit, what tw@t would think we'd want him ?

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Lee Trundle

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Statistics based approach bearing fruit

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Alan Curtis

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Seriously can’t our scouting department do better? Who’s scouting for us in Holland these days for example? Why can’t we build up a network of former players on retainers? Get Michu on the payroll!

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Alan Curtis

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Why would you jump to the assumption its our scouting department?
It absolutely just looks like journalistic equivalent of a blind man and a dart board or his agent trying to drum up interest through the media.

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Lee Trundle

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We've got recent form for taking providing a home for Arsenal cast offs so we're an easy target for the agent.

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Been watching the Swans since the very late 1970s and running the Planet Swans website (in all its current and previous guises since the summer of 2001 As it stood JackArmy.net was right at the forefront of some of the activity against Tony Petty back in 2001, breaking many of the stories of the day as fans stood against the actions where the local media failed. Was involved with the Swans Supporters Trust from 2005, for the large part as Chairman before standing down in the summer of 2020.

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