Paul Clement: Spurs sting should sway Sigurdsson to stick with Swans
Swansea head coach Paul Clement also believes any action should be implemented during the game by officials rather than retrospectively after the offence, which could have directly influenced the result.
Swansea City’s Premier League status was confirmed following Hull City’s 4-0 loss to Crystal Palace on Sunday, and it prompted celebration from both players and fans.
The 27-year-old, who was named players’ and supporters’ player of the year on Wednesday for a second straight season, is an instrumental player in the Swansea lineup and as such has been linked to the likes of Everton and West Ham.
“The fact he’s managed to come into Swansea, roll his sleeves up and pull them out of trouble, he’ll become a better manager himself but I’m sure the club will do better next year under him”.
“I am not necessarily talking about Gylfi, but do they want to be a smaller fish in a big pond or a big fish in a small pond?”
Ronald Koeman’s side had a £25m ($32m) enquiry rejected last summer and the Swans have now slapped a £35m price tag on the former Reading star, but Clement thinks it is in Sigurdsson’s best interests that he stays in south Wales. “It’s just very calm and I’m not focused or concentrating on what people are writing“.
“I don’t think a major overhaul is needed”, Clement said.
“The coaching staff who came in are top notch and Paul knows what he’s doing”, Sigurdsson said.
“There were parallels. Someone asked me the other day that if there is ever a team bottom of the Premier League at Christmas then you need to hire a Clement”.
Clement was happy to oblige but, with their final Premier League game at home to West Brom on Sunday, there were certain conditions.
Swansea have been drawn into relegation battles in each of the past two seasons, and Clement is hoping to avoid another one next year.
“But I have still enjoyed the pressure of being in this (relegation) situation”.
‘That helps our football, that helps training through the winter months – we get a lot of rain here, so the pitches are vital. ‘But the players and the team improved a lot’.
It is a well-worn trope that teams with little to play for at the end of the season are “on the beach”, coasting through their last few games with their thoughts already turning to upcoming holidays.