Swansea City’s fight for Premier League survival will now include Martin Olsson, who has joined from Norwich City on a two-and-a-half year contract.
The Swans are in dire trouble at the foot of the top-flight ladder, having won just four of their 21 fixtures to date. Such form resulted in the dismissal of Francesco Guidolin in October, but his replacement, Bob Bradley, failed to oversee an upturn in fortune and he too was issued with his P45 after a disastrous 85 days in the hotseat.
Paul Clement was appointed as the American’s successor on 3rd January, but has so far suffered defeat in each of his two games in charge. He has, though, been told he has cash to spend during the January transfer window, and he has spent £4million of his budget to lure Sweden international Olsson from Carrow Road.
The Swansea head coach has identified his back four as an area he simply must strengthen, as their 49 goals conceded is the worst record in the division. Experienced 28-year-old Olsson has been in England since joining Blackburn Rovers as a youth team player in 2006 ,and he has also won 40 caps for his country.
The fullback becomes the second new arrival this month, following the capture of PSV Eindhoven winger Luciano Narsingh, the Holland international, last week. And it has been widely reported that a deal is close for the signing of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Carroll, who has a loan spell with the club in 2014-15.