Jonathan de Guzman joined Swansea City from Villarreal last summer on loan and has never looked back.
He has fast become a key component of the side and a very important tool for Michael Laudrup as he continues to teach the club, how to move the ball into the attacking third quickly and easily.
De Guzman has scored five goals in 26 appearances for the club this season with four assists, he has been solid and consistent and produced an efficient display to help the club lift the League Cup last weekend.
Swansea may be thinking about trying to sign him permanently in the summer but his form means there are going to be other clubs in the mix; just like the Gylfi Sigurdsson scenario last summer.
Sigurdsson impressed on loan from Hoffenheim but when Brendan Rodgers left, the Icelandic international changed his plans and began negotiating with other clubs, eventually choosing Tottenham instead.
It makes hanging onto Michael Laudrup, who has been linked everywhere from Chelsea to Real Madrid due to his success in Wales, all the more important.
Swansea are in the advantageous position that De Guzman does already play for them, so if Villarreal are open to a permanent deal, it’s only reasonable to expect that they will get first choice in the matter.
Everton are a good example of a club that may try to sign him after May. If Marouane Fellaini leaves, they will need someone to drive the creative and attacking side of the midfield.
Everton may also be in a position where they can offer De Guzman a more consistent role in terms of European football and they still have an outside chance of getting into the Champions League.
The recent addition of Philippe Coutinho to the Liverpool team shows that Brendan Rodgers is thinking about getting good, solid ball players into his midfield and de Guzman would offer Coutinho competition for his place.
It’s also a move which may appeal to the Dutchman because of the magnitude of playing for Liverpool. They are also much less likely to suffer at the start of next season as they did at the start of this one.
Another obvious choice is a team like Newcastle United, a big club with the resources for this sort of transfer and a need for a player like de Guzman in the side, especially if Yohan Cabaye leaves after this season.
Why de Guzman would leave Swansea for a side in a worse position is a difficult question to answer but Newcastle have that uniqueness, which some players find appealing.
Where do you think he’ll go at the end of the season?
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