There’s been plenty of speculation and reports this week suggesting Jason Scotland could be returning on loan, and the big question of debate for the fans is whether or not you’d like to see him back in a Swansea City shirt.
Personally, I’d have him back tomorrow – no questions asked – especially on loan as it wouldn’t cost us much and we’d have every chance of signing him permanently in the Summer if it did happen.
Not only was Roberto Martinez’s departure a big turning point 18 months ago, but also top goalscorers Jason Scotland and Jordi Gomez for joining our former Spanish manager at Premier League strugglers Wigan Athletic.
Yet again, it’s been proved that most people struggle to improve their careers once they’ve left the Swans. Unless I’m mistaken, I can only think of one person who has left the club and gone on to improve – and that man is right back Sam Ricketts. The Welsh international defender has been at a top flight club ever since he left us in July 2006 for £300,000.
Whilst some fans wouldn’t welcome Scotland’s return – saying he shouldn’t have left and questioned his loyalty to us, but you can hardly blame him for taking the one and only chance at playing in the top flight. The same goes for Jordi Gomez, but they’ve both struggled to prove themselves at a higher level after setting the Championship alight with the Swans.
Other players who have left us and failed to do well are Andy Robinson, Lee Trundle, Stuart Roberts, Richard Duffy and Leon Britton. The latter realising his mistake and returning to the Liberty Stadium, could Jason Scotland follow in the midfielder’s footsteps and come back to the Liberty Stadium?
Speculation and rumours were sparked even more over the weekend when Jason Scotland’s Facebook profile, believed to be actually used by the player himself, had the following message posted on it: ‘Swansea I’m ready to come back home do something.’ Now I’m not one to read too much into this type of thing, considering the amount of fake profiles out there, but a ‘source’ told the Evening Post today that Scotland indeed wants out of Ipswich Town and there’s only one club he wants to join – and that is Swansea City. A report that backs up what was posted on his Facebook profile somewhat.
Whether or not he does put on a Swansea City shirt again remains to be seen and we’ll just have to wait and see. Brendan Rodgers is a fan of the 31 year-old and has said that he’d be interested in signing him. So it now looks like it’s down to the Tractor Boys and their decision as to whether or not they will allow him to go out on loan for the rest of the season.
The same source also told the Evening Post that Jason Scotland has held talks with his club and new manager Paul Jewell about his future with Ipswich – or potential lack of it.
After 18 months since Scotland left, we’ve yet to replace the consistent goalscorer with another, and goals are still a problem for us as we target automatic promotion to the Premier League.
The former Trinidad & Tobago international netted 45 goals in 82 League appearances for the Swans during two successful seasons in League One and the Championship respectively. It seems like it’s a no-brainer to have him back – a small risk worth taking if it’s a loan and he’d certainly boost our promotion push if he was to come back. The big question is though, could he rediscover that superb goalscoring form after a struggling spell at Wigan that might have affected his confidence?
Some fans argue that it’s just not the strikers’ fault. They believe it’s tough for any striker playing the lone role up front in our style of play. Our midfield find it difficult to create goal chances and get the striker involved enough in our attacking play. However, Scotland did show the ability to create opportunities by himself – using his strength well to turn and shoot powerfully at the target with either foot.
Brendan Rodgers welcomed the signing of West Bromwich Albion forward Luke Moore in January, but the former Aston Villa man has struggled to impress and has yet to score his first Swansea City goal.
Is he another flop? Is he taking his time to adjust to our system or is the midfield to blame for his lack of involvement in games? Whatever the answer proves to be by the end of the season, I still can’t see any reason not to try and pursue the loan signing of Jason Scotland.
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