Swansea City fans would have been a little worried when Brendan Rodgers left the club and Michael Laudrup came in to replace him. However, the side has carried on playing attractive football with Laudrup making subtle changes such as getting the side to move the ball forward faster.
Swansea have a settled side and a settled system and although there is cash available for Laudrup to use, Swansea fans shouldn’t expect anything more than one or two support signings because the club simply don’t need to spend masses of cash.
Swansea currently have a very long injury list which contains the names of seven players who could all get into the first team. Three of these players (Danny Graham, Wayne Routledge and Michel Vorm) are closing in on a return over the Christmas period with the others to return in the New Year (Pablo Hernandez, Darnel Situ, and Andrea Orlandi..
“It is always our aim to improve the squad, whether in January or next summer. We will always look to do that. There could be one or two coming in January – but we have to make sure they are the right players for our system,” said Jenkins.
Swansea are playing well and sit in seventh place in the Premier League table. They made an absolute bargain of a signing over the summer when they brought Michu in from La Liga for £2 million. His form of ten goals in 15 games means the side don’t need to go and sign any attacking support.
The message that Laudrup has been putting across ever since the start of the season is that Swansea will only be successful if they retain their best players, a great work ethic and use basic logical tactics. Bringing in a high ratio of players would disrupt all of this and mean jeopardising the momentum which has been created.
If Swansea’s league position and current form were both abysmal then they wouldn’t be blamed for pulling off a QPR-esque ratio of new signings to come into the Liberty Stadium this January but this just isn’t going to happen.
The approach Laudrup appears to be taking with the transfer market is a very shrewd one. He will not buy players for over inflated prices and he will not buy players who are going to damage the club. It all adds up well if you’re a Swansea fan.
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