Russell Martin | Keeping key players has been great business for us

2nd September 2022
First team
Joel Piroe Obafemi Plymouth

Russell Martin believes retaining the strike force Joel Piroe and Michael Obafemi in the midst of Championship and Premier League interest is a key piece of Swansea City's summer transfer business.

Fin Stevens became Swans final signing of the window, joining on deadline day following the arrivals of Harry Darling, Nathan Wood, Joe Allen, Matty Sorinola, Luke Cundle, and Armstrong Oko-Flex through the door at SA1.

And Piroe and and Obafemi, who scored 36 goals between them in all competitions last term, have remained with the Swans despite a summer of transfer speculation linking with them a move away from the Swansea.com Stadium.

And Martin is hopeful that the end of the transfer window will help settle the Swansea City squad as they prepare to host Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

“The best thing that could happen to us was the transfer window closing last night,” he said.

“We had a few people worried about their futures, so the window closing will settle everyone down.

“I think the best bit of business that we’ve done is the players we’ve kept in the building.

“We’re really pleased that Joel and Michael are still here.

“We didn’t lose those players and we didn’t undersell players earlier in the window.

“We finished deadline day stronger than we started it, which is the aim for any club.”

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