One of Swansea City's transfer plans has just gone out the window

-Credit: (Image: 2024 Athena Pictures)
-Credit: (Image: 2024 Athena Pictures)

Leeds United suffered heartache at the hands of Southampton in Sunday's Championship play-off final at Wembley - and Swansea City might well be feeling the knock-on effects.

Adam Armstrong's early striker proved enough to hand the Saints victory and propel former Swans boss Russell Martin into the Premier League for the very first time.

In contrast, it was a tough afternoon to take for fellow Swansea alumni Daniel James, Joe Rodon, Connor Roberts and Joel Piroe, whose Leeds side will now have to go again in the Championship next term.

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For Swansea, Piroe's failure to reach the Premier League is particularly significant. Had the Dutchman helped bring top-flight football back to Elland Road, it could have banked the Swans a potentially sizeable sum this summer.

After several twists and turns, the Dutchman left Swansea for west Yorkshire last summer for a fee believed to be worth an initial £12million. As part of that deal, it's understood there was a clause that would have seen the Swans bank around £3million in the event of promotion back to the Premier League.

Those plans have clearly now hit the buffers, in what is perhaps an early blow to Swansea's plans. They will, however, no doubt have planned for all scenarios.

Head coach Luke Williams has already admitted that a big recruitment drive is needed this summer, with his squad in need of strengthening in almost every area heading into this transfer window. Sign up to our Swansea City newsletter here.

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“We have a lot of players to bring in, for sure," Williams said.

“We’ve come a long way from the beginning of my reign here. We take the ball off the opposition pretty well and we’re able to build up well with the ball and get to the final third but we need to find more solutions to scoring goals.”