Gylfi Sigurdsson has told the Swansea City website that he’s determined never to be sent off again in his career.
The Swans midfielder was shown a red card in the FA Cup defeat at Blackburn Rovers and he’s suggested the resulting suspension led to him experience his worst ever feelings in football.
“It was the first and hopefully the last red card of my career. It’s the worst feeling as a footballer when you’re fit and ready to play but you’re sat in the stand or watching on TV,” said Sigurdsson.
“You can’t do anything to help, and it’s really frustrating. Hopefully I can release some of that frustration in a positive way on Saturday.”
The Swans face a very difficult test against a Manchester United side fighting for a top four place this weekend, as they scrap for a place in the top eight.
Sigurdsson’s suspension left the side without one of their best and most experienced players, but it’s encouraging he seems to have learned his lesson after sitting out recent games.
It will be interesting to see if Garry Monk throws him straight back into the side for the game on Saturday afternoon but he can certainly improve the team in terms of the way they control and use possession.
He seems determined to use the frustration of the red card in a productive way, which sends out a positive message to any other player at the club who will experience a similar situation.
If the Swans are going to crack the top eight this season, they need their key players fit and available, which means discipline in terms of behaviour.