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Swansea City’s Michael Laudrup: It is getting harder to find recruits — but Ki Sung-Yueng would have been perfect

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 18, 2014

By Gareth Vincent

Swansea City’s Ki Sung-Yueng is to remain on Wearside.

Swansea City’s Ki Sung-Yueng is to remain on Wearside.

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MICHAEL Laudrup has admitted Ki Sung-Yueng would have been “perfect” for Swansea City — but they didn’t want him back until it was too late.

Laudrup looked into the possibility of recalling Ki from his season-long loan spell at Sunderland after discovering that Jose Canas will be out for a month with an ankle ligament injury.

But any thoughts of bringing Ki back to Wales became irrelevant when Swansea realised they had missed their opportunity to do so.

Huw Jenkins told the Post earlier this week that Swansea had until January 31 to recall Ki if they wished.

It turns out he was wrong.

On checking the small print, Swansea realised they could only have brought Ki back this month had they given Sunderland seven days’ notice before the end of December.

It is hard to understand how Swansea allowed such a clause to be inserted when they agreed to let Ki join Sunderland last summer.

When asked about it yesterday, Laudrup’s face suggested he was bemused.

“I looked into it,” said the Swansea manager. “I was thinking because of the circumstances with Canas that Ki is a player we know and is doing well.

“He would have been perfect if Sunderland had lost semi-final to Manchester United.

“I said before that I would not bring him back. That was not because he was not doing well, but about the mental part of bringing back a player who is playing regularly and has the chance to play in a cup final.

“Things changed when we got the injury to Canas, but the loan agreement said we could not (recall KI).

“The agreement said it should have been done by the end of December, so it’s not a possibility.

“The only way we can change that is if Ki and both clubs all agree to end the loan, but of course Sunderland are not going to do that.

“I was disappointed, but I did not make the loan agreement.”

Maybe next time they send a player on loan, Swansea may take more care over the terms of the deal.

For now, they must plan ahead without Ki — and that means they may move for a midfielder as well as a forward before the January window closes.

“We are looking into that position because of the injury of Canas,” Laudrup added.

“But it’s a difficult position because if players are playing somewhere else, their clubs say they cannot go. Finding players who are not playing is not easy.”

Laudrup was reluctant to talk transfers yesterday, the Dane refusing to comment on Tom Ince amid suggestions the Blackpool winger may be on his way to Monaco.

When pressed on whether Swansea are close to bringing in any fresh faces, Laudrup added: “The club are working hard, but these things are very difficult.

“Let’s say we want a player. There might be four or five clubs interested, so the club want to know how much we will pay.

“Then the agent says ‘Swansea? Maybe, but we will see next week’.

“It only gets worse as you get closer to January 31, which is like a television show.

“A couple of other clubs have done some business. Hull have done very well to sign two (Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long). They have spent a lot of money, and I don’t think we’re going to do that.

“If we are looking at a loan deal, but they are not easy. I have to admit, it’s not easy.

“I would be very happy if we’d got one or even two players in on January 1. I would have had the players for another month, which makes a hell of a difference.

“But it’s not a perfect world, and every day we get closer to the deadline, it gets even harder.”

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  January 19 2014, 10:56AM

    Bad management decision here. Either the decision to loan him was wrong or the terms were wrong or the length of loan was wrong or the recall terms were wrong and, ultimately, waiting to long to recall him was wrong. Too many mistakes here, sell Ki now as it seems plain he doesn't want to leave Sunderland and the Swans have messed up big time.

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  • moggs  |  January 18 2014, 3:58PM

    Sending Ki out on loan was a managerial decision,and I am not arguing the rights and wrongs of that move. However,it is clear that nobody in authority had the faintest idea as to the nature,finer details, of the loan deal. That is inexcusable,and shows how laid back,ineffectual and incompetent both Laudrup and Jenkins have been in this regard.

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  • CroJack  |  January 18 2014, 3:30PM

    Laudrup was right to send Ki to Sunderland. He was not as good at Liberty as he is now at Sunderland. And why is that? The answer is Michu. Ki's natural position is attacking midfield. That is what he plays now at Sunderland. There is no way he can play that position at Swansea as long as Michu is here. Last season he played here in defensive midfield and he mostly passed the ball backwards and to the sides. He is an excellent passer but Canas and DeGuzman are as good passers as Ki is. Ki was not good at defending as well. Laudrup bought Canas, Shelvey and Pozuello to strenghten the midfield and to add something different to the squad and I think they are excellent signings. Amat is a good signing as well.

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  • abercanaid  |  January 18 2014, 11:27AM

    Ki should never been sent to Sunderland in first place, ML made some poor signings in Aug. Our squad last season was good and should have been retained.

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  • moggs  |  January 18 2014, 10:54AM

    This Ki situation has been a complete embarrassment,and doesn't show either Jenkins,or Laudrup,in good light.

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  • nettevaughan  |  January 18 2014, 10:35AM

    HJ & ML dont make many mistakes. KI playing for Celtic 7 out of ten.Playing sor Sunderland 8 out of ten.Whn he played for the Swans 4 out of ten.So lets be positive and get on with the business of whipping Spurs tomorrow.WE SHALL SURVIVE

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  • confused67  |  January 18 2014, 10:20AM

    Shame on you.

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