This is a bit of a different article to usual, however I just wanted to say kudos to a certain Borja Baston.
Why? Well, since signing for the Swans for a club record fee of £15.5 million last summer from Atletico Madrid, Borja has had a rather disappointing maiden season in the Premier League.
The Spaniard has played second – sometimes third – fiddle in the Swansea striker ranks, behind Fernando Llorente for the large part of the campaign. He’s only started four games for the Swans, making a further 13 substitute appearances – netting one goal in the process, away at Arsenal back in October.
The point I’m making though, is that of Borja’s fantastic attitude. Despite enduring what must be a hugely frustrating period in his career, the striker has never gone moaning to the media, obviously pushing for a move away or making himself a nuisance in the changing room.
In the modern game, footballers have huge egos, and it’s rare to see a player set aside his ego and remain patient. But in my opinion, Borja’s done that. He’s not thinking he’s too big for Swansea because he scored 18 goals in La Liga last year. It’s a refreshing thing to see.
I was quick enough to slate left-back Franck Tabanou last season after he went to the French media, dissing the club and management when he was in a similar situation, struggling to make a real impression at the Liberty. So it’s only fair to praise Borja for staying patient and just keeping a smile on his face and hoping he’ll get a rare chance.
On actual footballing ability, most would prefer Fernando Llorente leading the line, especially in this huge fight to avoid relegation. Borja hasn’t been great when he has come on for Paul Clement’s men, but hopefully he can somehow adjust to English football and prove that the record breaking purchase of the forward wasn’t a waste of money. Maybe if we are relegated, it’d be worth keeping him and gambling on giving him game-time in the Championship – but that’s a completely different argument for if/when the time comes.
So I’d just like to say kudos to Borja for showing a great attitude, whether it’s his usual motivational pre-match tweet or continuously wearing the Swans’ colours with a smile on his face. Good body language and effort goes a long way to impressing the fans.
He’s certainly showing a better attitude towards the club than some others have this season and he’s barely featured! Let’s hope it works out because I desperately want him to prove people wrong and eventually become that £15.5 million striker.