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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup hunting new goalscorer

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 30, 2013

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup hunting new goalscorer
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MICHAEL Laudrup is ready to step up the search for a new front player after Swansea City's frustrating draw at Aston Villa.

Swansea could not turn their Villa Park dominance into points, Roland Lamah's header earning a draw in a game Laudrup's men really ought to have won.

Swansea were without Michu, who is out for six weeks after undergoing successful ankle surgery over the weekend, and Nathan Dyer, who is likely to be sidelined for at least four more weeks.

And Laudrup, who has been linked with Liverpool's Iago Aspas, admitted there is business done with the transfer window set to open on Wednesday.

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"We are down in numbers, we are only 19 right now," Laudrup said.

"It is a balance because if you say we are not scoring goals so we need to sign some attacking players, then what about the ones you have? You are giving them a knock on the head.

"We need to use our squad, but with Michu and Dyer out it is obvious we need one because with a couple of injuries you or I would have to play."

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  • RevJames  |  December 30 2013, 7:29PM

    Crojak is spot on. A quick look at all the chances created and goals scored on Saturday's MOTD illustrated that most teams had at least 2 or 3 players in or around the opposition's penalty area to capitalise on crosses or have a shot on goal. All too often, Bony is left isolated with no hope of creating anything surrounded by defenders. As one of the world's greatest forwards, I'd be amazed if ML hasn't worked out why the Swans aren't scoring. Either that or the players just aren't good enough to follow his tactics

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  December 30 2013, 4:32PM

    The team are not playing and the tactics are not right. Bony needs to start justifying £12 million, Hernandez, Tiendalli and Routledge are not not doing it. We are toothless up front and weak in some areas of defence. Let's hope something happens in January otherwise we will be battling it out at the bottom. It time to stop the "Emperors Clothes syndrome of too many Swans fans and realise there is a problem to sort out, there was a problem before Michu and Rangel got injured and it is still there. Hoping that other teams are worse than us is not the way forward, we HAVE to start looking like a team that can win, at the moment we are nowhere near. Bring it on!

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  • Eureka1963  |  December 30 2013, 2:22PM

    Get the next three games out of the way picking up any scraps, Michu/Dyer back fit and things will fall back into place. Agree with Crojack in Bony and Michu starting with Michu playing the role of 'supporting' Bony and playing ahead of midfield and feeding off Bony. Okay the Swans have a good share of possession without scoring but then the opposition aren't scoring either. I January's transfer window, I would like to see a striker of the ilk of Emmanuel Adebayor, who has vision, technical skill, holds onto possession and more importantly can score goals.

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  • CroJack  |  December 30 2013, 1:19PM

    Bony is too often alone in the box, and even when he makes right moves our midfielders and wingers don't feed him properly. In the beggining of the season Michu developed good partnership with Bony but for many reasons they didn't play much together (constant rotation and injuries). With both Michu and Bony on the pitch it's like playing with two strikers. I agree that we are more dangerous when our wingers go wide but it doesn't help much if our midfielders stay out of the box and don't follow the action, when crosses are poor and our striker is surrounded by 6-7 of opposition players.

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  • Rambler2  |  December 30 2013, 1:18PM

    Videos of Bony scoring in Holland and in pre-season friendlies he played in, showed the ball being played in front of him to run onto. Now the ball is constantly being played up to him to hold and then lay off. This is a complete waste of his talent as it forces him to be static.. Laudrap needs to tell his midfield/wide players to get theit fingers out and move the ball forward quickly

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  • swanseaola  |  December 30 2013, 12:48PM

    Having said that in my posting I still think (although it won't be easy) on Wednesday we can still win!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • swanseaola  |  December 30 2013, 12:45PM

    It seems to me that Wilfred can hold the ball when he gets it (he is so strong), but needs help to turn it into a goal threat. It's no good having a massive amount of the game if we can't turn it into goals.

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  • IanKillay  |  December 30 2013, 12:24PM

    trnjack, I remember us taking 6 games to score a goal at the start of the season under BR, so we weren't prolific then either. Also, nobody complained about ML'c tactics last season did they? The difference this year is Michu. I do agree we need to play to Bony's strength and get more crosses into the box. Man City had 77% posession for 1 goal, so it's not easy.

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  • White_Rock  |  December 30 2013, 12:20PM

    It's got a lot to do with the way ML himself played. He was a master at picking that final pass through the defence. He's built a side in his own image, and it's working to a certain extent. He needs to realise that our attacking midfielders aren't as good as he was though, and going wide is often a better option.

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  • trncjack  |  December 30 2013, 11:08AM

    Under BR our wingers stayed out wide and got behind the full backs at speed, this also drags the defender wider making more room for the strikers in the box , under ML our wide men are coming inside making the defenders bunch up in the box , this makes it more difficult for our strikers to find the space for that final pass or shot at goal ,,,,,,,if we can see it why cant ML

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