Six games remain for Swansea City in this most peculiar of seasons. Hovering in fifteenth place in the league table and almost certainly safe from the threat of relegation, there is a danger of complacency creeping in.
To prevent themselves lapsing into a mentality of being “on the beach already”, the Swans must look to achieve something with what looks like six dead rubber matches.
Firstly, mathematical survival must be guaranteed sooner rather than later. The fixture list lottery has produced a tough final stretch for Swansea, but they will no doubt be targeting the trip north to Newcastle for three points that would finally convince even the most pessimistic Jack to look up rather than down.
Once safety is secured, Francesco Guidolin will no doubt face a psychological battle to motivate a squad that will likely be relieved that this turgid, stilted season is coming to an end. The Italian himself spoke of the need to push on. “We have six finals coming up, starting with the game against Chelsea.”
Swansea are one of the form teams below tenth, and that eleventh -a perfectly mid-table position -is still available should be a source of great encouragement.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the next six weeks should be seen as a window for each and every member of the squad, and perhaps even backroom staff, to prove they are worthy of surviving the end-of-season review. There are few names in the squad that can claim to have met their personal objectives for this season, and competition for places should be at its most fierce. While the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Andre Ayew have been rare examples of consistency this season, plenty other squad players will rue a missed opportunity to cement their positions this season.
There is no reason for Swansea to relax as the season tails off. Now is the time to reward a loyal fanbase, inspire renewed confidence, and fight for every single point.