Five Spaniards at Swansea after Fernando Llorente signing and Borja Baston buy
Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | August 7, 2016
Five Spaniards at Swansea
Striker duo Borja Baston and Fernando Llorente are far from the first Spaniards at Swansea City.
With Basque Country native target man Lorente signing on a two-year deal from Sevilla and 23-year-old Atletico Madrid attacker Baston joining him for a club record fee, they are just the latest footballers from Spain about to play for this Welsh team.
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Coral’s Swans odds for relegation are 10/3 with chairman Huw Jenkins agreeing a £20m deal to sell Ghana forward Andre Ayew to West Ham United, who was last season’s top scorer.
In light of the Lorente signing and prospective Borja Baston buy, however, a 9/2 pre-season price is available for a top 10 Premier League finish.
Our football experts look at five other compatriots who have played for the south Wales side, so who are our selected Spaniards at Swansea? Read on to find out…
Long-serving right back Rangel landed at the Liberty way back in 2007, with the Swans then a League One side.
Earning two promotions during his time with the Welsh outfit, Rangel should surpass 350 appearances for Swansea in what is his testimonial year – the 2016/17 campaign.
In his homeland, Rangel never played at a higher level than the Segunda Division B, but his impact with the Swans was immediate as he was voted in the 2007/08 League One team of the year.
Few Swansea signings in general have made a bigger immediate impression than forward Michu, who broke the 20-goal barrier in his maiden campaign at the Liberty (2012/13).
Late arrivals into the box following runs from deep were a trademark of this attacker, who was willing to drop off and cause chaos for opposition defenders.
It’s a case of what might’ve been for Michu, as injuries both at the Swans and during his loan spell with Napoli ruined his career. He ranks among the best ever bargain buys in Premier League history, though.
Llorente is certainly hoping to emulate this player. “I want to score a lot of goals like Michu,” he said. “He is a very good player and he did very well here.”
When it comes to Spaniards at Swansea, nobody is more synonymous with the club than midfielder-turned-manager Martinez, who has also been in charge of fellow former club Wigan Athletic (where he won the FA Cup) and Everton.
Initially aiding the Swans to stave off relegation from the Football League while still a player, Catalan coach Martinez then contributed towards two promotions – from the fourth tier before hanging up his boots and getting them into the Championship as boss.
Now currently embarking on his new role as Belgium national manager, Martinez also helped Swansea to lift the Football League Trophy in 2005/06.
What a coup it was in the summer of 2012 for the Swans to sign current Leeds United loanee winger Hernandez from Valencia!
Capped four times by Spain in 2009-10 between their Euro 2008 and World Cup triumphs, Hernandez was hot property and added silky skills to the Swans’ attack – as well as a direct threat from the flanks.
Once the club’s record fee for a rumoured £5.55m, Hernandez helped the Swans to secure a League Cup triumph in 2013 alongside compatriot Rangel.
Centre back Amat, like Rangel, is one of the current Spaniards at Swansea. At 24, much of his career is still ahead of Amat.
With rumours persisting that skipper Ashley Williams will leave, thus making Swans odds for the drop at 10/3 tempting, Amat may have more regular first-team football in his future.
Ably deputising in the past when there have been injuries at the back, Amat could become a more permanent fixture in the Swansea side if Williams makes a speculated £10m move to Everton in the summer transfer window.
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