Was Pato dropping a hint that he is staying in SA1?

Saturday, 29 June 2024, 18:08
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Jamie Paterson was a man who knew he was likely to be opening speculation when he told his Instagram followers the other day that there was “Not long now till the madness starts again” – posted alongside a picture of him in action for the Swans it was only natural that people would start to wonder if he was signing the contract on offer.

Paterson has effectively been a free agent since his contract expired at the end of last season and whilst both he and the Swans were talking last season about wanting to extend the deal there was no sign, at the time of expiry, of the two parties reaching agreement over what was required.

It was widely speculated (and reported) that the difference between the two parties was the length of the contract required with the player seemingly wanting a two year deal but the club looking rigid on their view that a one year term would have been enough.   The suggestions were that the year was accompanied by an option to extend for a further year but there was a sign of stalemate.

Now we have a position where it seems almost certain that Paterson is dropping hints that he could be set for an extended stay and that surely has to be good news for the Swans?   Pato’s form last season was one of the higher points of a largely disappointing campaign and we know that he can turn a match in our favour when he is on the top of the game.   The flip side to that is the inconsistent nature of his performances make for much frustration as a fan but a new deal which is likely to be one that will not break the bank is not a bad thing and keeps a good player within the squad.   With the seeming impending arrival of winger Eom Ji-sung the Swans will have different options to Pato but competition for places is always a good thing.

Just over two weeks ago Luke Williams talked about the position with Paterson and told BBC Sport “He has got a few different things to weigh up and he has earned that.

“He is a proven Championship player. He is very popular and very well known in football – the qualities he has as a person and as a footballer. The ball has kind of been hit over the net [into his court] so we will see what happens.

“It won’t be there indefinitely because potentially players will arrive at the club and the landscape will change,  but Pato knows exactly what he is doing and we are happy with everything at the moment.

“He is now a senior player, they have a different outlook on life and they have earned the right to have more choices in their life.

“I don’t know, but if I had to guess, he will have been in contact with different people [at other clubs], or through his agent, because he has been playing Championship football for a number of seasons and doing it pretty well.

“We will see in the coming weeks what the decision is.”

And if the Instagram post is anything to go by, that decision will be confirmed very shortly.

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100percentjack

Youth Team Apprentice

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My only problem with Pato is not what he delivers. It’s the consistency of that delivery. When he (eventually) signed his current deal he went missing for 6 months. We can’t afford passengers like that. On his day he can be a game changer…… when he can’t be arsed, well he still changes the game. Can we afford that?

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Roger Freestone

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Maybe he's not had any better offers then, did the same when his contract was up last time, he's a decent player and I don't blame him for weighing up his options, but I always felt that he was likely to stay, just hope we haven't topped his contract up by to much, assuming that is the case obviously.

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Alan Curtis

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I’d be happy to keep him on as a squad player off the bench but he shouldn’t be starting anymore imo.

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Roger Freestone

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We've got bigger fish to fry than sweating on Jamie Paterson hanging around, personally I couldn't give a toss either way...

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Alan Waddle

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Same as you, I'm hoping we bin him off. Can't be arsed with bit part players like him holding us to ransom. The lad either wants to sign or he doesn't.

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Tommy Hutchison

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Well I imagine he either signs today as I believe his contract is up or he's released. As mentioned he can be a game changer on his day. Have we got anyone else in the squad who is? From that perspective I'd be quite happy with him staying.

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First Team Player

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Probably waiting for a better offer to land.

If he had real desire to stay he would have signed by now

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Alan Curtis

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I’m having a mental blank - who was the striker that Pato had a telepathic link with? Never the same after they were separated? It wa like an Andy Robinson/Lee Trundle kind of thing.

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Alan Waddle

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maybe that leak is also agent speak for come and get him before he sign another contract for Swansea. Happy if he stays and not unhappy if he goes.

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Alan Waddle

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