FM17: Swansea Player Ratings Revealed

Here’s the Swansea team on Football Manager 2017 with all the player ratings and values revealed and broken down to help you understand your squad.

oliver stein by Oli Stein

I think with the squad that Swansea have, you should at least be aiming for a midtable finish, a top half finish with a couple of signings or two, but, until you really begin to revamp the team, i think that’s the most realistic expectation.

You begin with a shaky looking defensive unit that will need some serious work if you want to fix the leaks.Further up the pitch, Swansea are actually in pretty good shape. Borja Baston and Fernando Llorente are two 3.5 star or higher strikers and with the four-star Gylfi Sigurdsson providing the creativity, goals shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Surprisingly, the Swansea board give you a pretty decent transfer budget. If you decided to sell a couple of players, that could easily rise to around £40million which is plenty of money to bring in two, even three, quality signings to improve your team from the get-go.

Swansea’s starting transfer and wage budgets are as follows:

Transfer budget: £23,600,000

Wage budget: £1,209,131

GOALKEEPERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski 3.5 3.5 31 Poland £11m
Goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt 2.5 2.5 27 Sweden £5.5m

Lukasz Fabianski will definitely be a solid enough option for you in your first season at 3.5 stars, but moving forwards you might want to think about a long-term replacement. Perhaps selling Nordfeldt could get you the funds you need.

DEFENDERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Defender Kyle Naughton 3 3 27 England £8m
Defender Angel Rangel 2.5 2.5 33 Spain £800k
Defender Neil Taylor 3 3 27 Waes £9.25m
Defender Stephen Kingsley 2.5 3.5 21 Scotland £2.1m
Defender Federico Fernandez 3 3 27 Argentina £12m
Defender Alfie Mawson 2.5 3.5 22 England £4.2m
Defender Mike van der Hoorn 2.5 3 23 Netherlands £2.8m
Defender Jordi Amat 3 3.5 24 Spain £9m

Your defence is the weakest area of your team and the one that’s going to require the biggest overhaul if you want to see improvement. You don’t start with a single defender above three-star current ability, Stephen Kingsley, Mike van der Hoorn and Jordi Amat the only players with the potential to reach 3.5 stars. Naughton and Amat are good enough fullbacks, but you should look to invest in a leading centre-half to shore up what could be a very shaky defence. With a transfer budget of over £23million, you should have enough funds to bring in a quality centre-back in the first transfer window.

MIDFIELDERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Midfielder Jack Cork 3.5 3.5 27 England £12.75m
Midfielder Leon Britton 3 3 33 England £1.1m
Midfielder Ki Sung Yeung 3.5 3.5 27 Korea £13.25m
Midfielder Leroy Fer 3 3 26 Netherlands £10m
Midfielder Jay Fulton 2 3 22 Scotland £950k
Midfielder Nathan Dyer 3 3 28 England £10m
Midfielder Modou Barrow 2.5 3 23 Gambia £5.5m
Midfielder Wayne Routledge 3.5 3.5 31 England £3.6m
Midfielder Daniel James 2 2.5 18 Wales £400k
Midfielder Jefferson Montero 3 3 26 Ecuador £12.5m
Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson 4 4 26 Iceland £22m

Midfield is a slight improvement on your back four, with four players either three and a half stars or above; Jack Cork, Ki Sung Yeung and Wayne Routledge are all 3.5 star players whilst Gylfi Sigurdsson commands four-stars. Sigurdsson will be your primary creative outlet and you should look to play him behind the striker and build your midfield around him. You could look to offload Montero and Dyer to receive a combined £22.5million, which will be enough to bring in some better replacements with more potential.

STRIKERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Striker Fernando Llorente 4 4 31 Spain £8m
Striker Borja Baston 3.5 4 23 Spain £14m

You’re in good shape up front with Fernando Llorente already a four-star player and Borja Baston with the ability to reach four-star ability. He begins on 3.5 stars and enough game time should see him develop quite early. At 31, Llorente won’t have the stamina to play each game, but rotating between the two will see the goals flow, hopefully.

Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_

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