No Fight, Passion Or Desire
Sunday, 1st Jan 2017 10:12 by Planet Swans (follow us on Twitter @swansnews)
It is very difficult - if not impossible - at this point in time to see any outcome at the end of the season other than a return to the Championship especially when you look at the meek way that we are surrendering the games in which we play.
This time last year I remember watching Aston Villa surrender their Premier League place without a fight. They looked like a team at all times that had decided they were beaten before they stepped on the pitch and I remember thinking just how sad it was to watch.
Fast forward 12 months and we are no different. We have been beaten 5 out of the last 6 games, conceding 22 goals in the process which is just embarrassing as it is not as if we are losing to teams that are flying in the league or ripping teams apart for fun. The bad news is we have those teams to come with Arsenal and Liverpool both due up to face us in January.
We always knew when we came into this division back in 2011 that it was never going to be easy but we have always had some level of fight about us and an ability to produce a result when it really mattered. Over the past couple of months we have failed to beat Watford, West Ham and Bournemouth at the Liberty, in previous years you would have expected at least one or two wins in those three fixtures but this season we have managed just one point and one goal.
The players seem to just be going through the motions. The pundits on Match of the Day last night were having a field day with the number of holes in our defence and the way we seem to just gift chances and goals to the opposition. For 3-0 you could easily have read more and it is unacceptable that the players - paid seven figure sums per year - are just giving up without a fight. If we worked on a performance related pay basis then they would be paying us money at this point in time.
It is sad to read the comments of former players on social media who can see the lack of fight and used to show far more passion from the shirt for a fraction of the wages that these players currently earn. We have millions of pounds per week being taken out of our club and sadly for me that is people who are stealing a wage.
Curt put some of it down to a lack of confidence which could well be true given the form that we are in but there is also no point in shying away from the fact that some of these players simply do not care so long as they pick up their wage packets on a weekly basis. Some of them will also know that they will not be here next season so aren't fussed on relegation or not because somewhere there will be another pay packed and signing on fee around the corner.
It hurts to watch the meek way we are surrendering and - as supporters - we deserve so much better than that. We deserve to see people who care, fight and actually look as if they want to escape relegation. It may still fail (it is very much odds on) but at least at that point we can say that we went down fighting and gave it everything that we have. We certainly cannot say that at the moment.
We have nineteen games left and whilst we look a hopeless cause it is not an impossible one and if we believe then maybe we could get out of it and if we fail then it should not be for the want of trying.
The players owe that to us surely?
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