Swinkels had to play with VVV ‘to kat his violin’ and was with his head in Tilburg

Arjan Swinkels‘s Eredivision-rentree ended in a deception: 36-year-old Brabander won the Belgian cup with KV Mechelen not so long ago, but with VVV-Venlo he has been relegated from the Eredivisie. Whether he left an eighteenth (!) prof season, Swinkels does not dare to say yet.
The left-legged defender runs out of his contract with VVV and is currently thinking about his future. โ€œI don’
t know yet,โ€ he tells the Brabants Dagblad. โ€œThere are a few things going on, and I want to go on playing football for another year, but it has to be something that I feel good about and that I want to go for.โ€
At the end of January, however, there seemed to be little wrong for VVV and Swinkels: the North Limburgers stood eleven points above the degradation strike and seemed safe. Since then, however, only one meagre tip has been added. โ€œIf you look back very honestly, then we just lacked a lot of quality, simple. In January the results were top and our striker Giorgos Giakoumakis shot in every ball. That was a lot of flowers,โ€ says Swinkels, who already felt the mood hanging. โ€œI did realize that we had – for example – ADO Den Haag and Willem II already had twice. So I was like: ho guys, don‘t relax too early.โ€
โ€œTo the cat’
s violinโ€ however, VVV no longer came out of the downward spiral and had already been demoted when it received FC Emmen in the last round. Swinkels admits that he was with his head more at the home game of his childhood love Willem II: the Tricolores were able to avert direct degradation against Fortuna Sittard and did so. โ€œQuite honestly: I actually thought that competition was more important than that of VVV itself,โ€ says the routinier. โ€œIt was also difficult to charge us for that last pot. People say, โ€œYou can‘t, you can’t, you‘re pros.โ€ Yes, it is. But I think it’s also very human that you‘re a little crippled, especially when you still have to play a cat’s violin competition.โ€