With five top-half teams still to play, Swansea City must start taking points to avoid disaster.
Swansea City’s defeat to Everton on Saturday means they have now not won in eight games in all competitions, and with four top-half teams still to play in their season run -n, they need to be very careful.
It seems unthinkable that Swansea are now in this position. Last season’s League Cup winners and most attractive footballing team are now a shadow of their former selves.
The Swans still face trips to Arsenal, Southampton and Newcastle, with Chelsea and Aston Villa still to come to the Liberty Stadium. Hull, Norwich and Sunderland make up the rest of their run-in and taking into account their current form, they need to be very cautious that they do not get sucked in to the bottom three late on.
Blackpool and Bolton serve as recent evidence of clubs that looked to be safe, only to be dragged down by a poor run around this time of the season.
Garry Monk was right earlier in the week when he said his side are not too good to be relegated. The player-coach must be wondering where it has all gone wrong, how thumping Welsh rivals Cardiff 3-0 in front of their fans did not spark the kind of run they needed to ensure safety.
If 40 points is the safety mark for relegation threatened teams, Swansea will do well to get there. It is difficult to see where the clear-cut wins will come from. Luckily they have their star-player in Michu back from injury, and on paper at least there look to be three worse teams than them in the division.
But there are no guarantees, and their awful run must be put right very soon. They face Arsenal next weekend in the first of eight huge games, and need to mind the gap to avoid the unthinkable prospect of relegation from the Premier League.