|Scotland Linked With Swans Return|
Thursday, 27th Jan 2011 09:16 by 0
Swansea sources are linking Town striker Jason Scotland with a move back to the Liberty Stadium. Scotland enjoyed a hugely successful two-year spell with the Swans between 2007 and 2009, netting 53 goals in 91 starts and 14 sub appearances.
The 31-year-old joined the Blues from Wigan for a fee understood to be in the region of £750,000 in the summer and has scored seven times in 22 starts and six substitute appearances. He is contracted to the Blues until the summer of 2012.
The Swans, who were interested in signing their former player in the summer before his move to Portman Road, yesterday allowed ex-Town frontman Shefki Kuqi to leave by mutual consent and Scotland may be seen as the man to replace the Finnish international in their squad, given his previous success playing in their lone striker’s role.
Last week, Blues boss Paul Jewell said he had no plans to allow any of the current squad to move on, although that could change if the right offer came in for players he doesn’t see as integral to his plans going forward.
Meanwhile, Town were amongst a long list of clubs represented at Bournemouth’s Dean Court on Saturday to watch the Cherries defeat fellow League One high flyers Brighton 1-0. Crystal Palace, Watford, Bristol City, QPR, Middlesbrough, Norwich and Cardiff are also reported to have sent scouts, while Scunthorpe have been eyeing Bournemouth players at previous games.
The Lincolnshire club, along with Palace, are said to be chasing defender Jason Pearce, the Cherries skipper, and midfielder Marvin Bartley.
Watford have been linked with keeper Shwan Jalal, while midfielders Marc Pugh, Liam Feeney and Anton Robinson are also understood to be those interesting other clubs.
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|bluecrossy added 09:24 - Jan 27|
He's way past it. Get rid
|BongoSponglemeister added 09:28 - Jan 27|
Dunno why we signed him in the first place, we have players out on loan who are equal to him.
|bluelady added 09:30 - Jan 27|
Bongo surely you are not saying Lisbie......... Also Pablo good player but not a fox in the box like scotland. put him in the right position (Keane tried to play himm too deep rather than in and around the box) and give him the service (Bullard) and we have a match winner in Scotland.
|Blueulster added 09:30 - Jan 27|
His legs have gone. Watching him is so frustrating, either he isn't fit or he doesn't care. When we don't have the ball he refuses to close down. ok coming off the bench but nothing more.
|brogansnose added 09:35 - Jan 27|
Scotland doesnt play for a couple of games, manager who bought him leaves, Shefki leaves Swansea, Scotland played for Swansea before quid pro quo he must be on his way back to them. Lazy speculative journalism. Next......
|BongoSponglemeister added 09:36 - Jan 27|
Bluelady, I wouldn't go as far as calling him a fox in the box....more of a cocker spaniel.
|Bergholtblue added 09:36 - Jan 27|
Is very good at turning the defender but ask him to run the channels and he is hopeless, either unfit or unwilling. Would not be surprised at this move as he seems low down on PJ's list of strikers.
|byronitfc added 09:36 - Jan 27|
It just said on Sky Sports were one of four clubs going for Charlie Austin and the
Swindon Chairman said it was going to be announced within a few hours - it was us, southampton, burnley and someone else from championship interested...
|juniorblue added 09:37 - Jan 27|
If this is true I wouldn't be too disappointed. When I have seen him play he seems slow and disinterested.
|PJewellisaGod added 09:42 - Jan 27|
Scotland took time to settle at Swansea. When he first arrived here I remember a Swansea fan saying "We thought he was lazy at first but after a few months he got into the rhythm and couldn't stop scoring goals".
Swansea have been very astute in their signings and need a striker to gun for promotion, that's why they want him.
I tend to agree with bluelady, he could turn out to be a match winner for us. Only 18 months ago he was a striker who was scouted by Manchester City/Aston Villa etc after his performances for Swansea.
We have been playing strange tactics. With more creative midfielders Scotland could become our clinical finisher......
|Jnr1988 added 09:43 - Jan 27|
Byronitfc- I posted this on the forum earlier in the week.....its nice to see sky sports have finally caught up.
|ClassyIpswichLass added 09:52 - Jan 27|
@Jnr1988 - Sky Sports have other things on their minds at the moment. Will anyone actually miss Keys and Gray?
|brogansnose added 09:58 - Jan 27|
The bloke needs a supply of quality balls rather than it being lumped in his general direction. Too many people equate good players as being those that run around a lot. If you are a striker you are judged on the amount of times you stick it in the net and he has scored 7 half way through the season. If he gets 14 or 15 then thats acceptable and what our forwards have been achieving even under Jim. ( Apologies if my statistics are out and if anybody has got the stats for goals for the last 4 seasons then i for one would be interested).
|muhrensleftfoot added 09:59 - Jan 27|
We should keep Scotland. With some decent service (Bullard?) then he will score goals.
|SinghyITFC added 10:04 - Jan 27|
GET RID AND BRING IN AUSTIN!
|clive_baker added 10:09 - Jan 27|
A shame in my opinion. Think he's still got goals in him. As correctly suggested he isn't a hold up player where Keane tried to play him (or upfront on his own). His job is to put the ball in the net and can do it with both feet. He isn't past it at 31 he just needs some creativity (Wickham, Priskin, Bullard) around him.
That said, i suspect he's on good money so if it's freeing up resources to buy a replacement or give Norris and Macauley what they want then great. Guess we dont know whats going on behind the scenes at the moment!
|Flip added 10:18 - Jan 27|
Kuqi on a free?! shouldn't be on a lot of wages n he's a fans favourite, can anyone remember the lasf striker we bought from swindon after scoring for fun??? lol
|Flip added 10:20 - Jan 27|
|DietmarVanNostrilBoy added 10:21 - Jan 27|
I think a lot of people are missing the qualities that Scotland has. With his strong physical build he will never look either quick or agile, but give him a sniff of goal and he is likely to bag more goals than any other striker at the club. I'm not a fan of this anti player mentality that is prevalent these days but I would say look at the opportunities that Priskin has failed to convert this year. As a footballer he is much easier on the eye, but as a goalscoring striker Scotland is your man.
|JayITFC added 10:31 - Jan 27|
Blueulster spot on - isn't fit or doesn't care.
|DoobDude added 10:41 - Jan 27|
Oh please be true, please be true, please be true.
Jewell knows his stuff, get rid.
|Garv added 10:43 - Jan 27|
Top quality finisher but extremely lazy, as others have said either unfit or doesn't care.
|Super_Hero added 10:43 - Jan 27|
Let him go there on loan, free up the wage bill. If he does well, were eventually get a large fee for him at the end of season.
Who was the last striker we brought from swindon flip? :s
|PJewellisaGod added 10:51 - Jan 27|
Charlie Austin looks like he is on his way to Blackpool or Burnley according to the papers. Those that think he is Scotland's successor, don't keep your hopes up!
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