Your Swansea City headlines for Friday 14th January.
Martin provides an update on the striker
Russell Martin believes Kyle Joseph could fill the void left by Liam Cullen who joined Lincoln City on loan this week.
The Swans decided to recall Joseph from his one-season contract with Cheltenham Town earlier this month following the departure of Ethan Laird.
Cyrus Christie has been drafted in as a replacement for Laird, although Joseph can operate in attack and in the right-back position.
And Swans boss Martin has revealed Joseph is eager to return to Swansea with the aim of challenging for a place in the team.
“We’ll have to wait and see,” the Swansea head coach said when asked if the club were making an offer to sign a striker this month.
“Kyle gives us a lot of flexibility in positions and energy. He’s expressed a desire to come back and try to work his way into
“We realized it would allow Liam Cullen to come out and play football, so it made sense for everyone.
“He has done a good job since he came back and we can help him improve in many areas.
“He played six months at Wigan, then six months at Cheltenham, so he’s played a full season in Ligue 1 now, and that will be very beneficial to him.”
Joseph – who was level in the cup for the loss to Southampton last weekend – will be included in Swansea’s squad for the Championship clash with Huddersfield Town.
Of Cullen, Martin said: “We don’t have the biggest team so it’s about trying to make sure you don’t leave yourself too thin, but the development of our young players is important. .
“I think it’s really important for his development that he comes out and plays football, because he hasn’t done that yet.
“They go [Cullen and Morgan Whittaker] come back to us different actors. I’m not interested in storing our young players just for fun, or having them here just in case, it’s not good for their careers.
“If we are serious about developing our own players over a long period, loan moves are a very important part.”
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Swans await Liverpool decision
Swansea have held discussions with Liverpool over their plans for Rhys Williams over the next few months.
The defender has been on the sidelines since being loaned out to South Wales this summer – the 20-year-old having played just seven times in all competitions for Swans.
And Russell Martin says the Swans are awaiting Liverpool’s decision on whether or not they will cut Williams’ loan deal this month.
“We’ve been really honest with Liverpool about the opportunities Rhys has had and the potential opportunities he has going forward, so the ball is in their court,” the Swansea head coach said.
“We can’t send him back. The same with Manchester United [with Ethan Laird], they had the possibility of recalling it. This is the danger of making loans. The parent club is still in control, to some extent.
“I think Rhys is in constant contact with them about what’s going on. I think the frustrating thing for Rhys is he’s really happy here, he likes training, he feels he has improved, but the only disappointing thing for him is that he had limited opportunities.
“He wanted to play more and I’m pretty sure Liverpool feel the same, so we’ll have to see what happens with that one, but it’s up to them.”
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Sunderland man bound
The Daily Record claims Swansea are among a group of clubs who are keeping a close eye on Sunderland striker Ross Stewart.
With Liam Cullen and Morgan Whittaker both sent on loan to Lincoln City this month, Swansea currently only have Joel Piroe and Michael Obafemi as number nines in their ranks.
As noted above, Kyle Joseph can cover forward positions and has played the vast majority of his senior football on offense.
But our sister headline reports that the Swans have discussed the possibility of a swoop for Scotsman Stewart, 25, who has scored 18 goals in 26 League 1 appearances for the Black Cats so far this season.
Finances could of course be a stumbling block in any potential move – Martin admitting the Swans need to offload players in a bid to fund deals for new signings.
Swansea are also interested in a deal for MK Dons midfielder Matt O’Riley which could mean there is no money available to sign Stewart – who would command a seven-figure fee.
Sunderland have no plans to sell their star leader this month.
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Terriers get mixed updates on team news
Huddersfield have received mixed news regarding the status of several squad members ahead of their clash with Swansea.
Academy goalkeeper Nicholas Bilokapic is expected to be included on the hosts’ bench as Ryan Schofield is out with an injury which clears the way for Lee Nicholls to start in goal after recovering from illness.
Carlos Corberan’s side will also give a late fitness test to Levi Colwill, on loan from Chelsea, who is suffering with a knee problem.
Forwards Jordan Rhodes and Fraizer Campbell are both available while Reece Brown has been involved in first-team training.
Kick off Saturday at 3 p.m.
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