Swansea City are right now presented with a transfer dilemma with no easy answers – Guto Llewellyn

Most of Joel Latibudier’s time at Swansea has been spent on the margins of the senior team, feeding on scraps of first-team action.

But with Burnley reportedly bidding £500,000 for the 22-year-old centre-back, the club now face a bigger choice. Do they stick with the former Manchester City defender and commit to making him an integral part of Russell Martin’s back line, or do they cash in?

Latibeaudiere signed for Swansea in 2020, joining his former England Under-20 boss Steve Cooper, but will have to wait a few months before making his first appearance off the bench in a 1-0 win at Luton.

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A few days later he made his debut against one of the league’s most formidable attacks and managed to disappoint the big names of Bournemouth as Swann drew 0–0.

It was an incredibly crafted performance from a man who had played just 448 minutes of senior competitive football in his entire career up to that point. He read the game well, passed the ball with confidence and looked home in Mark Guhy’s normal position.

After that match, his teammates praised him in the dressing room, acknowledging his role in a determined defensive performance. It looked like Swansea had unearthed a potential gem and fans wanted to see more of this exciting prospect, but they then made just one league appearance in the following 12 league games.

He had a brief run of the game as the legs began to tire but was released after a rough night at Bournemouth in mid-March and did not make another appearance under Cooper. He used to play well on the rare occasions when he actually made it onto the pitch under Cooper but his chances were few and far between. In fairness, battling to put in one of the most solid defenses in the championship was not an easy task.

But last summer Guhei departed for the Premier League, leaving a gap in Swansea’s last five. There was also a managerial change, with Cooper replaced by Russell Martin, promising a change in approach that would see Swansea return to courageous passing football, rather than the more direct and conservative style that had become the norm under Cooper.

In theory this should suit Latibudiere, who had a success rate of 81.4 percent in the 2020-21 campaign, playing for a team that averaged only 73.1 percent. Latibudire always seemed comfortable with the ball at his feet so Martin’s urge to attack from behind must have been music to the Doncaster-born centre-back’s ears.

In fact, Latibudire was sanctioned early in the season, but as the campaign progressed, he usually either found himself on the bench or was playing out of position as a wing-back, which really affected his position. I never gave him a chance to show his true potential.

His manager would rather move players to outside positions than centre-backs, instead of choosing Latibudire. It was on course until the South Meczyki derby at Cardiff City Stadium in April when Latibudier was given a rare start at the centre-back and did not disappoint.

It was Swansea’s best performance of the season and a historic result for the club as they defeated their biggest rivals 4–0. Latibudire took advantage of his opportunity with both hands, gliding across the pitch like a figure skater, wiping up any loose balls, interrupting Cardiff’s game and playing beautiful triangles around the Bluebirds, giving them the title of a pub team. kind of made.

He was one of the stand-out players that day and completely justified his selection. Latibudier then started all of Swansea’s remaining championship fixtures, making it his longest run in the first team.

He was not always spotless in these games. The run saw Swansea extend a three-goal lead twice as well as a five behind at Nottingham Forest, and Latibudire was dismissed several times.

Yet it looks like Latibeaudiere has finally managed to establish himself at the club after a long period of patience. But with newly relegated Burnley looking for a replacement for Everton-bound James Tarkowski, Latibudire could be on the Clarets’ radar.

New Burnley manager Vincent Kompany was Manchester City’s captain as Latibudiere worked his way through the club’s youth teams, so the stories linking the 22-year-old with Lancashire are understandable in many ways.

If, as reported, Burnley turns its interest to the official bid, should Swansea accept it? £500,000 is not a snuff, but at the same time it is not a transformative figure. Swansea will probably need that money and possibly more to find a good replacement in the event of a problem for the Swans over the past year.

Latibeaudiere has its weaknesses. His main problem is his stature. Less than six feet tall, he is short enough for a centre-back and in a league where so many goals come from set-pieces or crosses into the box, it can be a major disadvantage.

He only won 1.5 Hawaii doubles per 90 minutes last season, which isn’t a huge amount, but it’s worth noting that it’s still better than both Ryan Manning and Kyle Naughton, so he’s going to struggle in this department. Not the only Swansea defender. Latibeaudiere will never be a stereotypical championship defender, the kind of hulking veteran who looks like a Victorian Traveling Freak Show performance, but he has many of the characteristics that a manager like Martin would love.

Apart from being a very confident passer-by, he is also highly mobile and plays the game bravely. His style also looks amazing.

Latibudier as a centre-back may not be the complete package, but he has a lot to offer and at his age, he still has a lot of potential growth ahead of him. If Burnley makes a good offer, it will help Swansea make a tough choice.

There are good arguments to be made in favor of taking the money, but there is much more to be said for sticking with Latibudiere.

The bid of Burnley or any other side will force the Hans to make a decision. There’s no point turning down that kind of cash if Latibudiere is going to be a bit of a utility player next season. If Swansea think they can turn down a bid like that, they will have to stick with Latibudire, believe in him and make the best of him next season.

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