Swindon eye swoop for former Premier League prospect

Swindon Town are poised to solve their goalkeeping crisis by taking Bournemouth stopper Mark Travers on loan, according to Alan Nixon.

They swooped for Manchester United stopper Matej Kovar in the summer, but the young keeper has come under fire in recent weeks for a series of uncertain displays. that is enough to convince manager John Sheridan he needs to look elsewhere for a keeper, with Travers an ideal option.

The 21-year-old started his career in his native Ireland, joining the Cherries from Shamrock Rovers in 2016. His first exposure to senior football came during a loan spell with Weymouth back in 2017, but he has since appeared in the Premier League for Bournemouth. He kept a clean sheet on his debut, a 1-0 win against Spurs, before conceding five on his second out in May 2019. Last season he grabbed another Premier League outing, whilst also enjoying four cup matches.

So far this campaign, the Eire international has appeared twice, but it is believed he would benefit from some first-team football to further his development. With international honours from Under 15 up to Under 21, as well as tow senior appearances, he is an exciting prospect and one Swindon would doubtless love to add to their squad.

The struggling Robins are second from bottom in League One with 17 points from 20 matches. That leaves them four adrift of safety, but four clear of bottom club Burton Albion, who have played two games more.

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Matej Kovar is a highly-rated keeper, but it has not worked out for him at the County Ground. he has fumbled crosses and missed saves he should have made and whilst that is not the sole reason they are in trouble, it is a contributory factor. 

If they are going to escape relegation this season, which they still can, then they will need a safer pair of hands in the sticks. Travers is certainly a good option, a keeper with a little more experience than Kovar. Whether he can do better would remain to be seen, but on paper at least he would be a solid signing.

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