Date: 19th October 2015 at 3:56pm
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A very inpatient Franck Tabanou is already frustrated with a lack of opportunities at Swansea City and admits he will have to consider his options in December.

It’s unbelievable really. Tabanou has come in to provide good, solid competition for Neil Taylor who didn’t have any chance of losing his left back spot last season due to a lack of cover.

But rather than accepting that his new club already have an established and regular full back, and that he will have to work hard to earn a place – like some of Swansea’s other Summer signings – Eder and goalkeeper Nordfeldt, Tabanou has already kicked up a fuss and told French newspaper L`Euipe that while he thinks that manager Garry Monk does like him, he wonders why he signed him.

“When Swansea came for me, I had the impression that they wanted to value me.

“I even told my agent to shut down all the other options, whether it was Dynamo Kiev, Sevilla or other clubs.

“Swansea is a very good club to progress in. I had a good pre-season, things went well. I was playing half of the matches, the other left-back the other half. Since then, nothing.

“I am disappointed. I know that even in periods like this, you learn. But I have never been used to this.

“The hardest thing is to see that there is not even competition. I am not even in the squad! The only times that I was in it were because of injuries or a birth concerning a team-mate.

“I do not understand. I am not 17, I am not a youngster starting out. And I am not 30 with my career already done. I am here, I repeat, to reach the next level.


Probably the most frustrating thing with Tabanou though is that he cannot even get on the substitutes bench at the moment, with Rangel and another centre back the chosen defenders to occupy a place instead.

Like Tabanou says, Monk is giving the player time to adjust to the Premier League, and to change his style of defending, but the Frenchman seems to think that he is good enough to step right in.

But Manchester United did that with Memphis Depay and he has struggled to really make much of an impact, and wasn’t in the starting line-up on Saturday as they beat Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park.

“I do not have any time to lose. I am not saying that I have done everything in the world of football but I have played 250 professional matches. I ask myself: but why have they bought me?”

“At the start of September, he spoke to me, he explained to me that I needed to adapt to English football, that I needed to change the way I defend by being harder, closer to my (central) defender.

“I am trying to make these changes. Maybe I am not 1.95m but I know how to defend.

“At St Etienne, I had earned confidence. I played in European cups. I was performing well where there was confidence. Now, that has disappeared a bit. I am not angry, I am disappointed.

“I cannot stay like this. If this continues, we will make a decision in December. But, me, I am just asking for my chance. It is a club who has been following for more than a year.

“They made a considerable financial offer for me, they must have discovered my abilities.”


Tabanou hasn’t exactly helped his chances at Swansea City now. Comments like these certainly don’t go down well with the fans or the manager – who won’t be impressed to read these comments.

He can’t expect to come straight in and start in a League he hasn’t experienced, especially replacing a left back who has been at the club for many years now.

His attitude is certainly lacking, but Gomis made similar – if not worse comments back in January, and turned things around.

What’s next for Tabanou? Who knows but it’s highly unlikely we’ll see him in tonight’s matchday squad to face Stoke City that’s for sure!

What are your thoughts on Tabanou’s comments? Are they fair? Should Monk be including him on the bench? Let us know what you think below…

 
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