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Danny Graham is hailed by Michael Laudrup following late leveller in Swansea City's FA Cup tie with Arsenal

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 07, 2013

Danny Graham celebrates with team-mate Ki Sung-Yueng after netting a late equaliser against Arsenal yesterday to earn Swansea a replay at the Emirates

Danny Graham celebrates with team-mate Ki Sung-Yueng after netting a late equaliser against Arsenal yesterday to earn Swansea a replay at the Emirates

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MICHAEL Laudrup has saluted Danny Graham after the striker continued his scoring streak with a late leveller in Swansea City's FA Cup draw with Arsenal yesterday.

Laudrup has hinted that Graham will be allowed to leave Swansea during the January transfer window having struggled for game-time this season.

And the £3.5 million frontman admitted last week that he wanted regular football and talked about the possibility of making the last big move of his career.

Yet Swansea will find it hard to say goodbye to Graham if he maintains his current form.

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The 27-year-old has started Swansea's last three matches — and scored in all of them.

"In the last couple of games, Danny has looked like the player we saw during pre-season and at the start of the season," said Laudrup, who tipped Graham to score 20 goals this term back in August.

"I thought after two goals that Danny could keep the momentum going against Arsenal and he did that.

"He had a great shot in the first half and he scored another goal at the end, but it is not just about the goals.

"Goals give strikers confidence, but Danny showed great spirit, great fight and he worked hard. He looks very confident on the pitch and we hope that can continue."

Graham has reportedly attracted firm interest from Norwich and Reading, while Sunderland were linked with the former Watford man once again over the weekend.

But Laudrup, who has pledged to hold talks with all of his non-regulars about their futures this month, insisted again yesterday that there have been no bids for Graham.

"I am not going to comment on what I have talked about with the players who have not played as much as they would like," he added.

"Danny is playing well right now. He is scoring goals and he is important for us.

"Because I am talking to players, it does not mean I am saying they can leave. That's just the way I am — I speak to the players who are obviously not satisfied because they are not playing."

Michu was left out of Swansea's starting side yesterday after complaining of a tight hamstring, but the Spaniard came off the bench to put the hosts in front.

Arsenal looked to be heading through to the fourth round after scoring twice in three minutes, through Lukas Podolski and Kieran Gibbs, only for Graham to set up a replay late on.

Laudrup is confident Michu will be fully fit for Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Chelsea even though he was "not 100 per cent" yesterday.

"Overall I thought the draw was fair," Laudrup said. "We showed great character once again to come back at the end.

"Arsenal will be the favourites in the replay, but we have kept our positive momentum going and I think that gives a lot to the team."

Swansea will now do it all again against Arsenal on Wednesday, January 16 at the Emirates, with the winners facing a trip to Championship side Brighton in the fourth round.

Full draw: Norwich v Luton, Oldham v Mansfield or Liverpool, Macclesfield v Wigan or Bournemouth, Derby v Blackburn, Hull or Leyton Orient v Barnsley, Middlesbrough v Aldershot, Millwall v Aston Villa, Leeds or Birmingham v Tottenham, Brighton v Swansea or Arsenal, Crystal Palace or Stoke v Manchester City, West Ham or Manchester United v Fulham or Blackpool, Southend or Brentford v Chelsea, Reading v Sheffield United, Huddersfield v Leicester, QPR or West Brom v Sheffield Wednesday or MK Dons, Bolton or Sunderland v Cheltenham or Everton.

Ties to be played on the weekend of January 26-27.

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  • SAMANDJANET  |  January 09 2013, 12:08AM

    I hardly think it fair on ML to say we may not be lucky enough to get another Michu for £2.2m Anyone can buy a team SAF paying £24m for RVP Chelsea or Man City. A good manager knows the market and other teams just pick us off. I am happy to trust ML's decision on DG and he probably doesn't need any help from us. In my opinion DG is not worth £5m and if anyone wants to pay that for someone who waits on the halfway line as if for a bus and has yet to score a really memorable goal then I would be happy. He's better suited to the Stoke style of play.Is DG in all honesty a Swansea style player? I struggle to see many posts in the last couple of months saying DG should be playing regularly or maybe people were content to let ML make the decisions. I suspect he's had a few run outs to put him in the shop window and inflate his price. Does anyone really believe that if another forward is purchased ,and that is the wish of many , it will result in DG playing more not less games? I imagine not.His last goal was a pure gift from Ki.Joe Allen could have scored it. Let us put our trust in ML and let him do what he is paid to do.But so far he has done well and put Swansea on another level. Unless of course he's just been lucky.

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  • phildavies14  |  January 08 2013, 8:47PM

    Mahatmacoat, That is correct. The word today at our 'open venue' training ground from DG himself, that he was off to Sunderland. Kenwyne Jones seems to be on his way again. Michu is not a striker but has carried that burden for us. KWJ maybe the perfect folly for us to hold the ball up and allow the likes of Michu, Guzman, Hernandez and Routledge to join in the attack. Whilst KWJ is half the size of Messi, PERHAPS he can do the same for us, like Messi does in holding the ball up for the midfield to join in. At Barcelona the goals are shared around the team. DG has been great for us and I wish him well, but we are at a level where we have to move on. Last season the doom mongers were out in force when BR left. I met no-one who agreed with me when I said it was potentially the best thing for us as we were becoming too predictable. BR's strongest 11 was known by every Jack and every other PL team. I think I was right, Now, we have surprise throughout our midfield and attack and I think MOST teams will be looking at how KWJ will fair with us. If Hernandez, chico, Ki, JD Guzman, Michu, Ben Davies, Routledge are anything to go by, then I am prepared to give Laudrup the benefit of the doubt with KWJ!

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  • CroJack  |  January 08 2013, 6:35PM

    "Michu has the sort of ability that Graham does'nt have. We need players with different abilities, a partnership takes time. We have several players who should go before Graham. Hernandez,Guzman and Tiendalli are taking a long time to settle in, they are making bad mistakes." So, you are saying that Michu and Graham should have time to develop their partnership, but Pablo, Guzman and Tiendalli are not allowed to get some time to settle in. And what kind of bad mistakes are you talking about? Every player in our squad makes "bad mistakes". I remember Ash making crucial mistakes in a couple of games where we lost points, and he is rock solid now. Pablo was injured twice, but when he was fit he was our best player. Guzman played almost every game for us, scored some important goals, and I think he has been excellent for us. If not, we would have been in relegation battle right now. Tiendalli didn't play much because Davies has been superb, but when he played he did it well.

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  • confused67  |  January 08 2013, 3:38PM

    Michu has the sort of ability that Graham does'nt have. We need players with different abilities, a partnership takes time. We have several players who should go before Graham. Hernandez,Guzman and Tiendalli are taking a long time to settle in, they are making bad mistakes.

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  • brochadav  |  January 08 2013, 11:13AM

    It's all about form. Danny has played his way back in. Maybe we should move Lita and Moore on and bring in one better quality striker to pressure DG. Selling DG now makes no sense when he's started scoring again. We'd be extremely lucky to land another Michu type bargain. Besides, what if we get an offer for Michu that's too good to turn down (would have be a very silly offer of maybe in excess of 35 million admittedly) but it may happen, we'd need a player familiar with the club then, not a new face settling in. It's a very important part of the season, we can't let our better players leave, get rid of those with no hope of playing first.

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  • hacker_jack  |  January 08 2013, 9:12AM

    1. Who helps Michu ? 2.Honestly would you prefer £5m to spend or Danny Graham ? 3. There is no room for sentimentality." -------------- 1. Usually 3 central midfielders and 2 wingers, when Michu and Graham play together the linkup play hasn't been as good, it is getting better though. 2. You won't get a guarenteed better striker for £5m, even if there was one out thre, we already have money to spend so can buy before we sell. 3. Who's being sentimental? Graham can do a good job for us, that's all that counts.

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  • mahatmacoat  |  January 08 2013, 5:50AM

    The Daily mail reckons that DG going to Black cats is done deal and we are after Kenwyne Jones, Kenwyne scored his first PL goal for 16 months in December. He cost Pulis 8 mill and they are desperate to give him away. Even Grampa Owen is starting before Jones for the Potters.

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  • seasolder  |  January 07 2013, 9:39PM

    Danny Graham looks sharp in the last three games he has played--It seems he now has the desire to do well for the Swans. Come on Danny Swans can finish in the top 6 this season--Its down to disire, hard work, and determination. Dont let your talent be wasted.

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  • KP287  |  January 07 2013, 9:29PM

    Has he done enough, unfortunately don`t think so. He has not been able to take strikers chances when in on goal, the three goals he has scored have been pretty ordinary finishing, compared say to Michus` or Routledges goals. The goals have been important yes, but he has missed numerous chances, that isn`t good enough. Only my opinion...

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  • SAMANDJANET  |  January 07 2013, 7:41PM

    !. Who helps Michu ? 2.Honestly would you prefer £5m to spend or Danny Graham ? 3. There is no room for sentimentality.

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