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Swansea City players on the move in their own time
Saturday, 18th Jun 2022 09:43 by @Cornish67David

Swansea City have two players which they would most certainly like to see off their books as soon as possible. Of course they are Ryan Bennett and Jay Fulton, the reasons are lost on some so let’s have a look at their true value. Both players are fully aware that manager Russell Martin sees no future for then at Swansea City

Even if we bring down the weekly wages of Fulton and Bennett to around thirty thousand pounds a week, or one hundred and twenty thousand pounds a month, okay thats just under 1.4 million pounds a year, they are huge figures. And lost on many of us who will never see those type of sums in our back accounts - ever. Yes, there are a few people who say how can you know what these players earn, but it’s averaging out and balancing the information. And of course there are those who actually do know these things.

These contracts have been endorsed by the club, so there should be no complaints.These two players still have a whole year ( 1.4 million pounds again ) left on their deals. Fulton has already turned down two clubs in January leaving Russell Martin frustrated. As a result he has little choice but to play him as his planned transfers in could not be completed without the likes of Fulton leaving to free up the wage bill. Some see it, some don’t.

Fulton played okay last season but he is no match winner, and whether he is settled in Swansea with his family or not he needs to move on. The club that has made him over time surely deserve a little back ? Many players see clearly that they need to reduce their expectations to move to another club. As it stands Jay is not up to speed with that line of thought.

Ryan Bennett has no ties to Swansea, he really did force his move through to the swans from Wolves. Steve Cooper seemed delighted at the time and Ryan has been decent in a swans shirt. At the time he was considered a real gem of a signing, “Deadline day is always a bit of a rush but it will be nice to come in and meet all the lads over the next couple of days and get started. It’s something I’m really looking forward to. I have been around a little bit now, said Bennett at the time. “I’ve been through good times and bad times as well. Sometimes it can be nice for the younger players when you’re in those games and battles to have someone there who has been through it to just organise things and calm everyone down”

Ryan Bennett is on an incredible salary at Swansea

As last season progressed it was clear he wasn’t what Russell Martin was looking for, both his on the ball ability and composure in tight situations seemed flawed under Martin’s game plan. His lack of self control for such a mature player could be excused for an attempt at leadership especially when the swans were battered 1-5 at home by Fulham. That game against Fulham was his only appearance in the final seventeen games of last season. The transfer headlines can reference Harry Darling all they want, who by the way is now linked to Chelsea, but without these two off the books at Swansea it’s going to be a real struggle for the swans to do real business this summer.

Barring of course a major sale.

Expectations need lowering if these players want to feature on the pitch for new clubs next season, there are clearly no clubs ready or even able to match their current salaries. Especially given their real value from a misspent season. As we have said in the past they could just sit on their hands and draw the cash, that won’t go down massively well with the Swansea faithful, but then a contract is a contract. Whilst these two between them are getting the lions share of the top salaries at Swansea they do affect the clubs flexibility to do work now for next season. And that’s becoming a real frustration for those who want to recruit certain players now, not hope they are available in the future.

And as each week ticks by the ‘cashometer’ drops down even more, and those targeted players look elsewhere.

Photographs licensed from Reuters

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