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Serie A star set to become Guidolin’s first big Swansea call

| 19.01.2016

He played a key part in Swansea’s early forays into Premier League football, and now, according to the press it seems Jonathan de Guzman could be making a surprise return to south Wales.

The Napoli man spent two years on loan with the Swans in a spell which saw the club win the League Cup in 2013 and subsequently featured 11 times in the club’s Europa League adventure the following campaign.

However since returning to Italy at the start of last season, the midfielder has struggled to feature regularly in the first-team at the Stadio San Paolo and a loan deal back to the Liberty Stadium has been mooted.

Swansea have arguably failed to replace De Guzman’s quality in the middle of the pitch, but the final decision for a move will rest with new head coach Francesco Guidolin.

He hasn’t had much time to familiarise himself with his new surroundings, but the new boss has some big calls to make already.

It wasn’t the greatest game in Premier League history, but Swansea’s 1-0 win over Watford on Monday night could turn out to be one of their biggest if it proves enough to help the club stave off relegation at the end of the season.

Swansea have won just three of their last 17 Premier League games, and have slipped into a relegation scrap.

The clean sheet on Monday night was the team’s fourth in six games having conceded in each of the previous ten matches.

A 4-2 capitulation at home to Sunderland last week however was a painful reminder than the Swans will need to shore things up if they’re to avoid dropping into the Championship.

Having sold Jonjo Shelvey to Newcastle for £12m, Guidolin seems set to have funds available to strengthen the side in other areas, and a loan-move for De Guzman would cost the club a minimal fee whilst bringing in proven quality.

Having watched the Watford victory from the director’s box, Guidolin will take charge of his new team for the first time this weekend at Everton.

The Swans are 17/4 to take three crucial points back to Wales, while Roberto Martinez’s Toffees are 13/20 favourites.

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.