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Brandy returns to Swansea

Posted by nickogs20 on July 22, 2008

copyright www.swanseacity.premiumtv.co.ukReds’ striker Febian Brandy has re-joined Swansea City on a six-month loan deal. Brandy spent the last four months of 07-08 at the Liberty Stadium and, despite playing something of a bit-part role in that spell and only notching three goals as Swansea achieved promotion from League One, the diminutive forward enjoyed his time there.

Sir Alex Ferguson was also more than content with how one of his most promising young talents fared in South Wales, so when it emerged that Swans’ boss Roberto Martinez was keen to take the 19 year-old on loan again for his side’s first tilt at the Championship, it always looked likely that an agreement would be reached.

Upon sealing the deal today, Martinez had this to say:

“We are delighted to have him back, His attitude last season was excellent and we enjoyed watching a player with Premiership potential.”

“He always made it clear that he wanted to come back and join our Championship campaign and we are looking forward to seeing him perform at the next level.”

“He’s got balance, strength, sharpness and a great eye for goal.”

“He’s worked hard over the pre-season and will be back a stronger player.”

“He’s a great addition to the squad; he’s a completely different player to those we’ve got and will provide added competition to the squad.”

Brandy has already joined up with his Swansea team-mates, just in time for their pre-season tour of Spain which includes games against Espanyol and Barcelona B. We’ll be following Febian’s progress at Swansea with great interest and you can do likewise via our weekly loan roundups.

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5 Responses to “Brandy returns to Swansea”

  1. Ben said

    Thanks for your reply re: the goalkeeping situation.

    Not quite sure what to make of this move. It seems his short time there last season was a success – he had a decent goals to minutes played ratio and all reports were positive. At his age though, you would surely want him to be playing first team football week in week out. I’m sure Swansea is a fantastic club for a young player to progress; Martinez has instilled a brilliant footballing philosophy there. However, I cannot see him getting much more playing time than he did last season. Is reserve team football really in that bad a state, that going on loan as a squad player for a Championship team is more beneficial than guaranteed football with our better training facilities and developmental program? While Swansea may be the best available club (and maybe the eventual destination for him), I would have thought development-wise it would have been better to have found a deal where there is a greater chance for first team action.

  2. nickogs20 said

    I guess the key thing is that it’s a six-month deal. If January comes around and he’s not played much football I’d imagine we’d bring him back and look to loan him elsewhere.

    The hierachy of strikers at Swansea doesn’t look set in stone so he’s got the chance of getting himself fairly regular games there. It’s encouraging that Martinez wants him back even though they’ve gone up a division and he didn’t feature a great deal in League One, so he must have a fair bit of faith in him. Fergie’s also stressed in the past how it’s beneficial to young players to be actually competing for a place somewhere rather than being sure of a place as he would be in the reserves.

    I don’t think keeping him at the club was really an option this season, with Welbeck, Macheda, Dong, Bryan, maybe Petrucci all competing for games in the reserves already. I guess the choice was between going to Swansea to compete for match time or maybe going somewhere further down the pyramid where he might get more games but might suffer in terms of quality of football. Will definitely be interesting to see how he fares.

  3. KingKeano said

    Good luck to him hope he does well.
    Are there any new rumours for signings for the reserves/u-18?

  4. nickogs20 said

    I wouldn’t expect anyone else to arrive to bolster the reserves, but for the U18’s there’s still a strong possibility of the French duo Darnel Situ and Jeremy Helen signing in the next month or so. We’ve also been linked with a 16yo Greek defender called Papadopoulos this week, from Olympiakos – he starred at the Euro U19’s in an admittedly poor Greek team. That one looks less likely to come off in the near future but it may been one to keep an eye on over the next year or so.

  5. Ben said

    Thanks, your reasoning is a lot better than mine. I’m still not that confident that he will start that many games, but the positives you mention are reassuring. Hopefully I might get to see him a few times.

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