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A new star at Tottenham, ex-Liverpool man struggles and yet another Jefferson Montero injury – the mixed fortunes of those who left Swansea City last summer

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Swansea City are flying high in the Championship right now.

Steve Cooper’s men are currently well in the mix for automatic promotion this season, after losing just one of their last nine league outings.

It’s been a superb run of form for the Swans, whose fans will no doubt be dreaming about a return to the Premier League.

The success comes on the back of a summer that saw a fair amount of squad upheaval, with a number of players moving on from SA1.

Cooper has done brilliantly to rebuild his side for this campaign, with many of those departing going on to experience somewhat mixed success.

Here’s a quick round-up on how all those who left over the summer have got on so far.

Joe Rodon

After much speculation, the centre-back completed a move to Tottenham on the final day of the domestic summer window believed to be worth an initial £11m.

Largely signed as ‘one for the future’, he has so far only started two Premier League games. However, his outstanding performances on both occasions have already earned him plenty of plaudits in north London. Some fans have even touted him as already being the best centre-back at the club.

Further game-time is surely on the way, particularly with boss Jose Mourinho set to submit a new 25-man Europa League squad.

Bersant Celina

The attacking midfielder left to join Ligue 1 side Dijon on his 24th birthday for a fee of just over £2m.

He’s since become a regular for the French outfit having made 16 appearances for the club.

The Kosovan has so far clocked up three assists since his move across the Channel, but is yet to find the net.

Kristoffer Peterson

Boss Cooper was left a tad miffed after being notified via text that the former Liverpool starlet was set to join Fortuna Dusseldorf in a £400,000 deal at the beginning of October.

Cooper still clearly felt the winger had a part to play in his first-team plans, and the forward has enjoyed a reasonable amount of success in the 2.Bundesliga, where he’s scored three goals and earned four assists in 13 appearances.

Erwin Mulder

The 31-year-old completed a free transfer back to Dutch side Herenveen in the summer, and has taken the club’s number one jersey.

He’s so far played all 18 of the club’s games in the Eredivisie, earning three clean sheets.


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Mike van der Hoorn

Few were surprised to see the Dutchman depart at the end of his contract at the Liberty Stadium in the summer.

The 28-year-old had made little secret of his desire to play at a higher level, and joined Bundesliga side Arminia Bielefeld, who have found themselves in the midst of a relegation battle this season, winning just five of their opening 18 games.

The centre-back initially proved to be a first-team regular for his new club, making 14 league appearances, but has seen just one minute of action since a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach on January 2.

Courtney Baker-Richardson

After an injury-ravaged loan spell at Accrington Stanley last season, the striker left on a free transfer over the summer, joining EFL newcomers Barrow AFC.

However, an ongoing hip problem means he is yet to play a single minute for his new club.

Joel Asoro

The Swede has been loaned out to Genoa for the season, but is yet to play a single minute for the Italian side, with a place on the bench against Hellas Verona the closest he’s come to seeing any action.

His lack of game-time has sparked speculation that the Swans could be about to recall the forward, although Cooper has already said that the former Sunderland starlet is not currently in his first-team plans.

Barrie McKay

The Scottish winger was another one to go on loan, re-joining Fleetwood until the end of the season, after establishing himself as something of a fans’ favourite during a previous six-month spell last season.

He’s so far made eight starts for the Cod Army, and racked up two assists.

Jefferson Montero

Brought a difficult, injury-plagued spell in South Wales to an end after leaving on a free transfer, and joined Mexican side Queretaro.

He played 50 minutes of his side’s opening clash with Toluca at the beginning of January, his first run-out since playing for Birmingham 10 months ago.

However, his return has been overshadowed by yet another injury blow – the 31-year-old limping out of his debut with a suspected thigh problem. He has subsquently missed his side’s last two games.

Nathan Dyer

A club legend, the winger left the Swans at the end of his contract at the Liberty Stadium. He’s still looking for a new club while training at Fairwood.

Aldo Kalulu

Never quite made his mark during his loan spell at SA1. Has returned to Basel, but has found game-time hard to come by, having played just four minutes of first-team football all season.



Sheffield United striker Rhian Brewster.


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Sheffield United striker Rhian Brewster.

Rhian Brewster

A sparkling loan spell last season saw the striker attract interest from a number of clubs in the summer.

Liverpool eventually sold him for £23millio to Sheffield United, but the move hasn’t panned at as well as he would have hoped.

Brewster has started just six games for the Blades this season, and is yet to muster up a single goal.

Conor Gallagher

After impressing on loan with the Swans last season, the Chelsea midfielder has gone out on loan again, this time at Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion.

He’s so far been a regular for the Baggies, and has even netted himself two top-flight goals.

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