I caught an interview on Sky Sports News earlier which pricked my interest, which is strange considering it was mainly about Swansea City and not us.
Those who have watched the news channel will back me up on this, but for those who haven’t seen it, Sky are at the Swansea training ground generally being nosey and talking to anyone that moves about Swansea City, their training, and their forthcoming season in the Premier League. I’d hazard a guess that they will have outstayed their welcome by the end of the day, like a visitor that you wish would just piss off but don’t really want to tell them so.
Anyway, in one of the interview segments they managed to catch up with Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, who you will all become familiar with over the next season. He’s one of those owners who has a view on everything and likes his views to be heard. Naturally the reported pressed him on the Neil Taylor situation.
“The main thing is we’re hoping to get everything resolved, if not this week by early next week. We’ll conclude things to our satisfaction then,” Jenkins told Sky Sports
“I don’t see that (tribunal) happening. I think, either way, things will be concluded between us and Neil and we’ll deal with it and move forward”
“I’m always confident that we can get out of the situations what we want, and we’ll make sure we do that for the best interests of our club. Neil is fine. He’s a young lad and perhaps all this has been blown out of proportion. We’ve got to make sure we protect him and he’s looked after and he settles down and looks forward to the new season.”
Jenkins didn’t really give too much away, which I guess is understandable just in case that Premier League arbitration hearing crops up, although he did say that he didn’t think it would get to that stage and things would be sorted out before then.
Perhaps something is in the pipeline involving Wayne Routledge, who Jenkins also admitted that Swansea were interested in? Who knows? Maybe that is what he means about sorting things to their satisfaction? Maybe they want more money? If they are waiting for that then they’ll be waiting a while…
At least, one way or the other, everyone will be able to draw a line under the whole thing in the next week or so.
I’ve made my feelings about Neil Taylor known. I’m pretty much ‘meh’ when people talk about his arrival in all honesty. I don’t know too much about him and the first real time I saw him action was when he was getting sent off in the play-off final. Not a great first impression in all honesty.
I still maintain that players like Taylor are fairly common and if a move doesn’t come off then we’ll have no real hardship finding another young left-back outside the Premier League. Sure he is the one our club has identified, but there are plenty more fish like Taylor in the sea in my opinion.
Maybe the deal will finally get done now? Maybe not. We’re actually no closer to knowing either way in all honesty.