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Graham exit no big deal

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

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I REALLY don't think letting Danny Graham go is as big an issue as some are making out.

There are two ways of looking at Swansea City's decision to sell the striker to Sunderland.

On the one hand, allowing a forward player to leave without bringing another one in is a dangerous move.

Swansea have lost goals by selling their top scorer from last season and not replaced them.

But I tend to see things from another point of view — forcing an unhappy player to stay could be even more damaging.

By all accounts, Danny had made it clear he was keen to switch back to the North East, possibly to be nearer his family or for some other personal reasons.

The fact he wasn't a regular starter for Swansea probably only helped make up his mind.

Now the club cannot just allow a player to leave because he wants to go, but if they get a decent offer for him, they may be advised to.

Players with a chip on their shoulder can be a very disruptive influence in the dressing room.

I'm not saying Danny would have been like that, but it is a possibility.

The last thing Michael Laudrup needs is a long face at training, someone sulking and making negative noises when Swansea are little more than two weeks from a cup final.

And I think £5 million was probably about the right price.

Although not a fortune for a Premier League striker in today's market, it seems fair for someone who had a decent but not spectacular season last term, and has played the rest of his football at lower levels.

Clearly, in a perfect world, Swansea would have brought in another player to replace Danny and I'm sure they tried to do so.

But Huw Jenkins is not a man to be held to ransom and Swansea's league position does not make them desperate to recruit.

If the right player was not available at the right price in January, they could afford to wait.

People have suggested Swansea are now just an injury to Michu away from a crisis.

In football you can never legislate for injuries, and even if the Spanish forward were to suffer one, it's not as if Swansea have no other attacking options.

Itay Shechter and Luke Moore are at the club and now have to step up to the plate.

It's true that Shechter has not exactly set the world alight since joining on a season-long loan from Kaiserslautern.

But in football, often players need a run in the team to find their best form.

Look at Gerhard Tremmel. An injury to Michel Vorm handed the German a chance and after settling in he was excellent.

I honestly don't know who Swansea's first-choice goalkeeper is at the moment, and I never thought I'd say that having watched Michel last season.

If Shechter has the chance to play five or six consecutive matches he may well blossom.

Few would doubt Moore's ability. The major criticism of him is that he seems to lack a hunger for the game.

The former Aston Villa man is so laid back he's almost horizontal.

Moore needs to apply himself.

And supporters must get behind Laudrup.

Look at the players he has brought in this season. The likes of Michu, Jonathan de Guzman and Chico Flores have been fantastic, while Swansea's tactics and approach have been hugely successful.

I think people should stop moaning and back Laudrup's judgment.

After all, he hasn't got too much wrong so far.

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