Why Swansea City signing Tom James will be a good move for the club
Swansea City are targeting Tom James, a former Cardiff City defender who is currently playing for Yeovil Town, in a deal worth of £350,000. The 22-year-old, who was released by Cardiff in January 2017, could be on his way back to Wales.
However, the Swans need to sell some of their players, namely Kyle Naughton, Alfie Mawson and/or Ayew brothers to generate funds for buying players this summer. The club got relegated to the Championship last season and may need quality players to have a shot at instant promotion.
James seems to have the attributes to improve the Swansea defence and subsequently grab his chance of playing for a higher level club.
Here’s why this is a good deal for Swansea at a reasonable fee and why the player can be a good addition to their squad.
James has been impressive in the right-back position for Yeovil Town with his tenacity to defend well before making forays up the pitch. His performances in League Two have attracted interest from few clubs, including Hull City but Swansea have been the front-runners to snap the Welshman.
The 22-year-old is a willing runner with and without the ball impacting at both ends of the field. Swansea City have struggled in that department, with Kyle Naughton looking very laboured last season and Angel Rangel leaving the club once his contract expired this summer.
They need someone like James, who is bold on the ball, making runs forward, and is diligent enough to make those recovery runs when needed. He is tall and this will aid him to win headers and be physically dominant against his opponents.
New manager Graham Potter would love to have him in the squad and build a team capable of performing well in the Championship next season.
Swansea are struggling at the moment for squad depth and quality. The addition of James will bring some sort of quality to that full-back department which they are craving for. Furthermore, the player himself will be determined to prove his worth at a higher level to help the club have a shot at promotion next season.