Swansea City has had its share of problems this season, but one player won’t place any of the blame on the club’s manager.
After getting off to a 1-3-8 start in 2016, Bob Bradley has had a nightmare start in charge of the Swans — who currently sit at the bottom of the Premier League on six points. While Bradley has only held his position for five of those matches, the American has taken just two points away.
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Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson jumped to his manager’s defense though following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Everton, stating that it’s the squad’s players that must perform at a higher level and that Bradley doesn’t deserve the blame.
Despite Sigurdsson blasting Swansea in front from the penalty spot on the stroke of halftime, the visitors failed to hold on to their lead after conceding to Seamus Coleman in the 89th minute of play.
“Having only six points is not down to the manager, it’s down to us the players,” Sigurdsson said.
“All of the boys like the manager and the way he’s training us is very good so it is down to us to perform and get the results.
“He talks to us individually, talks to us man to man. He tells you straight if you are not doing it right. We owe him and we owe the club a few wins.
Heading into the 2016/17 campaign, Swansea was dealt a major blow when Andre Ayew left the club to join West Ham. Ayew — the club’s top goalscorer a season ago — left a massive void up front for the Swans, who have netted the second-fewest goals thus far through 12 matches (11).
Additionally, Swansea lost the likes of Ashley Williams on the defensive side of the ball.
For Sigurdsson though, the Icelandic international believes that if the Swans can muster up a single win that it could spark the momentum needed to climb off the bottom of the PL table.
“We have gone seven or eight games without a win [actually 10, with the last victory coming in the EFL Cup against Peterborough], but we just need one to get the momentum going and that will happen sooner rather than later — we can use the experience of last year too,” Sigurdsson continued.
“We have plenty of time. We were in this position in January leading into February last season so the pressure was more but we showed we could handle it [eventually finishing 12th].Follow @MattReedFutbol