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Swansea City head to Humberside without Jamie Paterson *Latest News*
Friday, 28th Jan 2022 12:59 by Keith Haynes
A fully fit Swansea City squad have departed for Humberside today minus Jamie Paterson and also are unable to play influential midfielder Flynn Downes due to a one match suspension.
The championship game goes ahead at then MTM stadium in Hull tomorrow with a 3pm kick,off. The swans are on an undefeated run of three matches and Hull City have won their last two. Surprisingly manager Grant Macane was sacked on Tuesday night.
Shota Arveladze Is the new manager and already transfer business is occurring. He said last night “I want to say thank you to everyone who has given me this opportunity. I believe everyone who is in this sector in football wants to be in England and I am just really happy and my family is proud. I am so motivated and have the hunger to show this club can do well with the boys, with the quality, with the young talents that we have. We have parts (of the team) where we are very creative, talented, parts with experience. It’s a good mix. I like attractive football when supporters are on your side – they want to come, they love to come to watch the game. It’s great to have this game (Swansea City) as soon as possible. I’m really looking forward to being here to meet the supporters. We’re going to try our best to show really good football, attacking football. The main target is always going to be to win. The fans have to come and cheer for the club they love and the boys. We have great players to come and have the pleasure to watch them. Let’s do this together, let’s cheer together and let’s win together.”
Shota Arveladze hoping to add quality to Hull City’s season
His appointment will add new momentum to an already industrious Hull City side for sure. Star man Keane Lewis-Potter is of interest to Brentford and Hull turned down a ten million pound bid for him yesterday. Hull City have bolstered their selection with the permanent signing of Regan Slater from Sheffield United.
Sadly Jamie Paterson is again sitting this one out and remains in Swansea, again his ‘mental condition’ has been referred to and it’s clear now he will wait and see what offers come in for him. Either way there needs to be some serious explanations and talks if he is still a swans player come Tuesday morning. Russell Martin has said “A few clubs are chancing their arm to see if he’s available for no money or very little money, which isn’t the case because of how well he’s done here and he’s on an 18-month contract now. To this point, there’s absolutely been nothing."
It’s hard for any type of value to be put on Jamie Paterson, it’s clear from Russell Martin’s statement that he is on an eighteen month contract, and more importantly that absolutely nothing was done underhand to extend it. As expected. It’s pure speculation but we rate Paterson in the £500,000 to £750,000 bracket, and it’s unlikely the swans would listen to anything below. The whispers in Jamie’s ear have clearly turned his head and it hasn’t done much for his personal welfare.
Finally on Paterson we have been told that even if he became available today to play he wouldn’t get a squad place due to his lack of match fitness. He hasn’t played since December. When you think about it, that’s fairly obvious.
Swansea City are definitely in resurgent times, the last three league games have been encouraging. However, they head to Hull City yet again as the underdogs with the clubs new manager momentum and a large attendance expected. Anything from this game will be a plus with two home games coming up for the swans next week.
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