Borja Baston insists leading the way as the Championship’s top scorer means nothing to him if Swansea slip down the table.
The Spanish striker scored his sixth goal of the season in the 1-1 draw at home to Reading at the weekend and led the scoring charts for the division on Saturday night.
Ollie Watkins’ hat-trick for Brentford in their 3-1 win at Barnsley on Sunday took him above Borja on seven, but topping the individual ladder is of no interest to the Swans striker if his team don’t recover their winning momentum.
The Swans are still in the top two, but are without a victory in three league games and the table is so tight they could tumble if they lose at Charlton on Wednesday night.
Borja admitted: “This is not important for me (to be the Championship’s leading scorer). I want to score goals, but for Swansea to win.
“We have to learn from this, we have lost points at home in the last two games, and we have to be better if we are going to stay near the top.
“We are very disappointed we didn’t win against Reading, we have to keep working hard to learn about this last minute equaliser.
“We were trying to score the second goal and the team worked hard to get the win but on the last minute we lost the points. We are frustrated because we worked to take the three points.
“In the last three games, we could have won, but we have stayed in the top positions. We have to work hard to take the win in the next game.”
The Swans’ reliance on Borja as their primary source of goals could hardly have been anticipated in the summer when he looked certain to be shipped out.
But, like Andre Ayew – who set up his goal against Reading – Borja has ended up staying, due, in part, to a lack of buyers for the former Atletico Madrid player and also the club’s inability to strengthen their own attacking options.
But the 27-year-old, who has spent most of his three years in Wales back on loan in Spain, insists he was happy to stay and form an unexpected strike partnership with Ayew.
“I am enjoying my football and it was a nice goal. I am working well with Andre which is easy because he’s such a good player, the cross for the goal was fantastic.
“But we have to learn from the Reading game. We have lost points at home in the last two games. All the team, staff and players are disappointed, we always want to win at home and we have to be better.
“It will be a difficult away game for us at Charlton, but we are going there wanting to win. We must keep doing well away from home.
“This is a big week for us. We want to take as many points as we can before the international break.”