It’s been a tough few weeks for Swansea City with injuries, suspensions and international absences taking a heavy toll, especially in midfield – but Gaffer Garry has moved to plug the gaps in the centre by sticking a cork in there.
Jack Cork to be precise
Cork has been captured from Southampton for a cut price fee in the region of £3m with the South Coast side prepared to sell on the cheap to prevent the player walking away for nothing at the end of the campaign.
The arrival of the 25 year old son of former Swans manager Alan Cork marks the end of a pursuit for the player that started four years ago under Brendan Rodgers…and I, for one, believe that Cork will be worth the wait.
I’ve been saying for a while now that we’ve needed to add some sort of abrasive edge, a player that can handle himself and lead by example when things are getting tough; Cork, a strapping six footer, can be that man.
He’s not just a clogger though – far from it. The lad can play, and he won’t be found wanting in a Swansea City side renowned for passing the ball around (even if we’ve failed to actually live up to that billing for some time).
I’m hoping that Cork’s arrival coupled with the return of Ki Sung-Young from the Asian Cup will steady a ship creaking badly at the moment. We could certainly do with a boost in midfield, what with Gylfi suspended, Jonjo looking more and more like he wants out and Leon’s continuing fitness doubts.
I have to say that I’m not entirely convinced by Tom Carroll – I know I’ll probably be in a minority here but for me he’s too lightweight and doesn’t bring enough to the party.
Going forward, a midfield three of Cork/Ki/Siggi sounds pretty tasty to me…it should certainly give us the mixture of combative composure and guile that we require to secure the three wins that will see us safe this season.
Cork joins Kyle Naughton, Nelson Oliveira and Ashley Grimes as January additions but hopefully he won’t be the last to join…we desperately need a new left back to provide competition for Taylor and another striker to compensate for Bafe Gomis’s decision to seemingly “down tools” in an effort to force a move. If the Frenchman is forced to stay then I’d hate to be relying on him to score the goals to keep us safe in the safe way Wilf did last season.
That said, with our new Jack The Lad to shore up the midfield we might not need to score as many to get the results we need for a successful second half of the season!