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Swansea City and a not so Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
Friday, 19th Nov 2021 08:00 by Keith Haynes

Welsh International Tom Lawrence who is currently on an incredibly mystifying three year, four million pound contract is apparently of interest to Swansea City. A couple of things before we delve deeper in to this latest revelation from a sadly desperate Derby County.

First off, Tom Lawrence will not - and will never get a contract in the Championship that equals, or even halves his rumoured 35k a week wage at the Rams.You only have to look at his career to see he has never really set any world alight, let alone this one. And for Derby County to be paying this guy such exorbitant wages is testament today of how badly run that club has been. Putting him on a basic contract that exceeds four million pounds over three years ( and that is being cautious, it is far more ) qualifies, and absolutely confirms why Derby County are sailing towards the third tier of English football.

It’s total mismanagement on a colossal scale.

Some folk may well be saying the swans are in for him. They are not. They are interested in seeking out a formula to bring him to Swansea, but two days ago when his salary was revealed the interest deteriorated somewhat. Tom Lawrence who is a one goal in five, winger, attacker, midfielder ( you choose ) is now going to become available on a free transfer come January. Regardless of the rules, Derby would bite any clubs hands off to get him off the books. The free transfer may well be of interest, but his stats, and indeed his career, for a 27 year old seeking out a final big pay day do not impress. In fact they are pretty average.

Yes, Lawrence is a talented footballer, but there’s hundreds more like him, a millionaire based on not a lot is how we see him. The other issue for this young man comes as a result of his bravely confessed mental health struggles after the death of his mother. We can all appreciate and understand that, that’s always going to be a problem for any young man. But we have to say now, do the swans need this player with his very average career to date, with certain disciplinary issues on the pay roll ? We mention discipline after the embarrassing drink drive media show with Mason Bennett back in September 2019.

Let’s put this to bed now, let the press have their say, and let the alleged major outlets have some jaw time. But the fact is this, Tom Lawrence won’t be coming to Swansea unless he more than halves his wages ( and some ) and understands that this is his last chance - and grasps the fact he is in a privileged position to be even considered for our clubs white shirt. Personally I can’t see it happening, and most certainly don’t see what he adds to what we already have.

Maybe West Brom or Bournemouth can make his day, because if he did end up at Swansea City it most certainly wouldn’t make many of the passionate swans support that happy. I am certain of that. Yes the swans have made inquiries, but be rest assured that’s as far as it went when they learned of the crazy salary this young man is on. No Championship club would pay those numbers in 2021, and most certainly not Swansea City.

Of course we wish the Wrexham born footballer all the very best for the future, we are certain he will find solace somewhere, but it won’t be at Swansea City. You can now breath a huge sigh of relief. It won’t be a merry Christmas for Mr Lawrence at Swansea.

Not on those daft figures.

Photographs licensed from Reuters

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