Swansea City Bid For Top Flight Striker

Championship side Swansea City have submitted an offer for St. Johnstone striker Adama Sidibeh, according to the Football Insider.

The same news outlet revealed back in May that newly-promoted Derby County, alongside Middlesbrough and recently relegated Burnley were among the clubs that held an interest in the Gambian international.

The 26-year-old only joined the Saints in the January transfer window, joining from non-league side Warrington Rylands, a side who play in the Nothern Premier League Premier Division in England, for an undisclosed fee. Since then, however, the signing of Sidibeh has seemingly paid off, with the striker scoring five goals in 15 games as St Johnstone narrowly avoided relegation on goal difference.

He made his debut for his country in a 5-1 win in the World Cup Qualifiers over Seychelles, where he marked his debut with a goal. After signing a two-and-a-half-year deal in January, the striker is under contract with the Scottish side until 2026.

The Swans are yet to make a signing in this window but have had some significant outgoings, with centre-back Nathan Wood departing to join Premier League Southampton and striker Jerry Yates leaving to join recently promoted Derby. Luke Williams looks set to add attacking firepower to his squad, with top-scorer Jamal Lowe’s loan deal coming to an end. Lowe has since joined Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday. Second top-scorer Yates has joined the Rams, as previously mentioned.

Swansea are now set to push on under new manager Williams, who is set to have his first full season in charge of the club after being appointed in January. The ex-Notts County boss looks to improve on the 14th-placed finish he achieved last season, however, the Welsh-based outfit will need to bring in players in the window if they want to better their mid-table finish.

Sidibeh is a strong striker, who will win headers and draw fouls, which may be perfect for Swansea’s one-striker formation. According to stats from Fotmob, the striker won 80% of aerial duels in his six months in Scotland. With the Gambian being used in a similar formation at St. Johnstone, that may also prove to be a positive for Swansea if they look to give him early opportunities in a Swans shirt.

Writer’s View

It is no secret that the Swans desperately need an out-and-out striker in this window. Already linked with multiple, including ex-Cardiff City striker Mark Harris, the Jacks are looking to add firepower to the areas which weren’t firing on all cylinders last season.

For Sidibeh, the chance to shine in the second tier of English football may be too good an opportunity to turn down. Coming from the depths of the English non-league pyramid and then proving himself in the Scottish Premiership shows his quality, and the fact that multiple Championship clubs are interested in the 26-year-old further reiterates this.

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