Writer: Dominic O'Shea
Date:Thursday December 11 2008
In a week where headlines regarding Swansea City have been dominated not by two important results, but by the three above men, we must ask ourselves why?
That is clear that all 3 have been massively influential in our recent past/present. 7 days ago the back pages were awash with stories about how Trundle wouldn't celebrate any goal if he scored against us, how he would love a return to Swansea and how gut-wrenching it was for him to leave us int he first place.
Next we had our ever diplomatic manager responding with his own opinions, preferring to celebrate the achievements of our current squad, who lead the Swans to the League One title in the wake of the talismanic striker's departure. He also felt the need to quash any rumour of a return for the lovable scouser, describing football sometimes as being 'overly romantic', and on more than one occasion, mentioning how Trundle left the Swans so close to the beginning of the season, thus disrupting all the plans that had been made during the close season.
That is undeniable, and Martinez was the first one to agree with this, is that Lee Trundle will forever be a legend at this football club. His tricks, personality on and off the field, helped draw crowds to the vetch and Liberty Stadium. He was a breath of fresh air, not just for his goals, but for the way he raised the profile of the club on tv shows such as Soccer AM. This contribution should not only be remembered, but acknowledged.
What followed of course was a 0-0 draw, and what most will remember from the match is the overly-dramatic headline written by the BBC Sport website - 'Martinez slams fans over Trundle'. His point being that the away fans celebrated seeing their former idol not just during the warm up, but during the match too, when they should have been concentrating on the eleven players wearing Swans colours. First of all, to say Martinez 'slammed' the fans, is a gross exaggeration, and we are fortunate enough to have a manager who picks and chooses his words very carefully, and I would have to say that I agree with him, in that supporters energies should be expended on our current team rather than the opposition during the game. I think we should all be listening to a manager who is the envy of most Championship and I believe soon, Preemiership clubs. Would you rather Gary Megson? Someone who applied for the job at the same time as Roberto.
More of a consistent subject on messageboards and guestbooks of course, is the ability and worth of our current number one striker, Jason Scotland. I have declined to comment to much on his performances this season as I have only seen the games broadcast on Sky, but looking at simple facts, I thought it was interesting to compare the much-maligned present and the much-revered past.
Scotland netted 29 goals last season, his season took after Christmas, and his goals were a massive part of why we were not only promoted, but Champions. Trundle's haul was of course an average of better than a goal ofevery 2 games, a mark all good strikers at any level are judged by - 78 goals from 135 league starts. Scotland has also broken that barrier, currently standing on 31 from 60 starts, also in the league. Interestingly enough, a nice comparison is that Trundle's 2 goals this season have taken his record in the Championship to 7 league goals in 25 starts and 24 substitute appearances over the last 18months. Scotland's double against Barnsley took his tally to 7 league goals, just short of the halfway mark in his first season at this level. I'll leave those stats speak for themselves.
His work-rate? I was one of Lee Trundle's biggest fans and I don't remember him running about madly closing defenders down. Are we guilty of 'rose-tinted spctacle syndrom? He let his goals (and showboating) do the talking. Scotland leaves it at the goals, but is that such a bad thing when you compare their records at this level? Anyway, I'll leave you with this question, at this moment in time, all considered, who would you prefer picking the ball up in the last minute of a dire home game where you're 2-1 down? Bauza? Pintado? Trundle?
Date:Thursday December 11 2008
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