Friday, December 7, 2012
Swansea’s stunning win over Arsenal was the Welsh club’s third in their last four games and moved them up to seventh in the table, just three points off third-placed Chelsea, ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Norwich City.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is likely to again be without winger Pablo Hernandez against Norwich as the Spaniard struggles with a muscle injury while goalkeeper Michel Vorm is back in training after a groin problem but will not be risked with deputy Gerhard Tremmel having filled in well. Wayne Routledge should be fit to return after an ankle injury.
Some Swans fans have started dreaming of European qualification, or even a Champions League spot, but Laudrup is eager to play down expectations ahead of what he expects to be a tough test against Chris Hughton’s men.
The Dane said: “There are other teams who will fight for that, it would not be logical for a team like Swansea to play for such places. That does not mean we are not happy at being at a good place in the table, but I look at the points.
“I am pleased with what we have now, but if we are sixth, eighth or 10th now it is not so important. We are 15 games in, there are 23 to go and it is still tight. If you look at the teams above and below it is very tight and you know in three or four games the situation can change very quickly. So we need to take one game at a time.’’
Laudrup has warned potential suitors for top scorer Michu they will have to part with up to £30m to secure the Spaniard’s services.
The 26-year-old has been one of the stars of the Barclays Premier League season since moving to the Liberty Stadium from Rayo Vallecano for a bargain £2million in the summer.
Michu’s double in the 2-0 win at Arsenal took him to 10 goals from 15 top-flight appearances, putting him level with Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez, and Demba Ba.
There has already been speculation linking the forward with a move away from South Wales in January, but Laudrup has warned any club wanting to make a move would need to spend a lot more than the £15m Liverpool paid for Joe Allen in the summer.
He said: “I don’t want to let him go, sometimes the offer can be so big you have to accept but I really don’t think clubs are going to pay so much money for him.
“We have the example of what Liverpool paid for Joe Allen. If they have to pay double for Michu there are few clubs who could afford that.
“Joe went to Liverpool and you know more or less what they paid for him, but a guy who has scored many goals must be worth a lot more, so you work out the figures.
“I don’t think anyone will come with that money so he will stay here.”