Why Lawrence Shankland would be a smart signing for Swansea City
Back in December 2018, the Daily Record had claimed that Swansea City were interested in signing Lawrence Shankland, who was then plying his trade for Ayr United. However, no deal materialised during the January transfer window.
Lawrence Shankland, 24, left Ayr United in the summer to join Dundee United. In his two years at Ayr United, the Scotsman had scored 62 goals in 73 appearances across all competitions.
And the striker has shone throughout the 2019/20 season for Dundee United, scoring 19 goals in 18 games in all competitions. For his rich vein of form, he was also called up to the senior Scotland squad by Steve Clarke for the first time in October.
With Shankland continuing to impress for Dundee United in the Scottish Championship, Swansea City should rekindle their interest in him when the transfer window reopens.
Swansea City’s form has tailed off massively since their impressive start to the season. Since being top of the table after six games, Steve Cooper’s side have only managed three wins from their following 11 games.
The Welsh outfit are challenging for promotion after missing out last season, and in order to bolster their chances, they must definitely add some firepower to the squad. The likes of Borja Baston, Andre Ayew and Sam Surridge could do well with extra help and thus, Cooper should look at adding a new striker in January.
In that regard, Lawrence Shankland would be a good fit at the Liberty Stadium. Shankland has been in remarkable form this season, scoring 19 goals in all competitions with Dundee United sitting second at the top of the Scottish Championship table with promotion to the top-flight in their sights.
The 24-year-old may be playing in the second tier of Scottish football at the moment, but he has done enough over the past few seasons to suggest that he would be a good signing for the Swans.
Shankland is unquestionably a hugely exciting player, with his lethal nature in front of goal suggesting that he has the ability to realistically bolster Swansea’s forward department.
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Cooper has proven that he can get the best out of young players and he could be able to do it again, helping Shankland adapt to the challenges that come with playing in the Championship.
At 24, the Dundee United star certainly has his best years ahead of him. The Scotland international is a natural goalscorer and he could thrive in the right system.
It will be a step up to the Championship and if Shankland can hit the ground running quickly, he’ll prove to be a long-term valuable asset for Swansea.