Monk & Tate - Where Do They Belong In 2012/13?
This week's main topic of discussion on the internet seems to be focused on defensive duo Garry Monk and Alan Tate - two players who have been with us since our success story started seven years ago when we won promotion from League Two in 2005.
You can't argue against the fact that they have been fantastic servants to Swansea City throughout those seven years, but the big question now is, are they good enough to play Premier League football at the Liberty Stadium?
Obviously with a main topic of discussion such as this, it comes with a rumour mill that's suddenly in full flow. Overnight in fact.
If you were to believe the rumours, and who should these days, then manager Michael Laudrup doesn't see them being good enough at top flight level, and wants to release them as part of his efforts to cut the squad down to his ideal 22 or 23 number. Meaning every single one of his players are good enough and have a genuine chance of playing some first team Premier League football at some point during the campaign.
Not only that, but inevitably, the rumour mill goes a massive step further to suggest that there are underlying problems at the club - concerning an already tarnished relationship between Michael Laudrup and chairman Huw Jenkins, as they disagree over whether or not the duo should stay at the club. Laudrup will focus mainly on their footballing abilities, while Jenkins will have a deeper understanding as to what else they can offer to the club in terms of loyalty and dedication - qualities that are rare in the game these days. Not to mention both being role models to the younger players for staying at Swansea City for 7 years - and their desire to see out their careers at the Liberty Stadium.
Michael Laudrup's press conference today completely dejects the rumours mentioned above though and the important point here is, is that Michael Laudrup is essentially the boss, and whether it's true or not, if he doesn't feel that either Monk or Tate are good enough for the Swans and wants to release them, then surely Huw Jenkins would have to respect that footballing decision. The Swansea City board have always been highly regarded as giving their managers the freedom to make the decisions they want to make - and that's deciding which players should be kept, and those that should leave - however unfortunate it might be to see Monk and Tate depart.
What are you views on this? Have you heard any stories regarding Monk and Tate? Should Michael Laudrup respect their loyalty to the club, or release them if he feels that they aren't good enough for his Premier League squad?
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