Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City have finalized the transfer deals between each club with Ben Davies and Michel Vorm heading to Spurs, while Gylfi Sigurdsson heads to Swansea.
But in this convenient series of transfer deals, who are the winners and losers? Surprisingly, there are more winners than losers in this deal, which is one of the reasons why the deals between both clubs make so much sense.
1. Tottenham’s defense
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a brilliant left back in Ben Davies. The Wales international and Swansea star has proven that he’s able to compete at the highest level. He’s strong in defense, which is one of the reasons why Manchester United was tipped to be interested in signing him last season. Plus, when he’s bombing down the left wing, he’s excellent at cutting inside into the box, which causes havoc to opposing defenders. On top of that, he had two league goals to his name last season, so he can score as well as being a provider.
By signing a left back, Tottenham fills a void in the back line so that Jan Vertonghen can focus on playing in his best position, in central defense.
2. Tottenham’s bank account
After the £100million+ expenditure last summer, Tottenham have to watch their wallet this summer while trying to give some of their summer 2013 signings a new chance in the upcoming season.
Now that the deals for Vorm and Davies are finalized, as well as selling Sigurdsson, Tottenham will only end up paying approximately £3million for two players. The reported transfer fee to buy Davies is £10million, but Swansea’s transfer fee to buy Sigurdsson is also £10million, so the fees cancel each other out. Then the reported transfer fee for Vorm is £3million, which is a steal considering that he’s a superb goalkeeper, has proven himself in the Premier League and is a sound backup for Lloris in case the French goalkeeper gets injured.
At the same time, Tottenham is able to offload a footballer in Sigurdsson who is surplus to requirements in an overcrowded midfield. Plus, Tottenham make a £1.2million profit on the player after buying him for £8.8m and selling him for £10m. It’s a win-win-win for Spurs.
3. Swansea City’s attack
For Swansea City’s first time in three season in the Premier League, the club briefly danced with the possibility of being relegated. The pendulum swung in the clubs’s favor after desperate victories away at Newcastle United and home to Aston Villa, but there was no denying that the Swans needed a boost in the goalscoring department, especially midfield. Swansea were far too dependent on Wilfried Bony to rescue them time after time, while midfielders rarely found the net.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is the perfect solution for the Swans, especially after the departure of Michu on loan to Napoli. During the 2012/13 season, Michu was a revelation for Swansea, but during 2013/14, he cut a frustrated figure. His injury problems ruined his season, but even when he was fit, he didn’t fit with Bony, his final touch wasn’t as sharp as it was the previous season and, most importantly, he didn’t appear to enjoy playing for the Swans anymore. He won the hearts and minds of Swansea supporters, but it seemed that his mind was elsewhere.