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Swansea City: Danny Graham accepts Laudrup drop decision

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 17, 2012

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DANNY Graham has admitted Michael Laudrup was right to drop him — but the Swansea City striker is determined to reclaim his place in the team.

Graham has not started since the 2-2 draw against Reading on October 6, struggling with a back injury and failing to regain his starting spot since returning to fitness.

Last season's top scorer has been overlooked for Michu recently and, although the Spaniard is likely to play in midfield at Newcastle today, Graham could still be on the bench with Laudrup hinting Itay Shechter could get his first start for the Swans.

It has been a difficult few months for Graham, who scored 14 goals last term, but the former Watford forward concedes his omission has been warranted.

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"Rightly so I got dropped, and I don't hide away from that," said Graham. "I held my hands up and knew I wasn't playing as well as I should've been.

"This is the first time I've been at Swansea without starting for four games. It is tough and I want to play football, of course I do."

Graham gave Laudrup a reminder of his scoring prowess with a goal for the Swansea Under-21s in their 2-1 defeat to Cardiff in midweek.

"It was up to me to either go and knock on the (manager's) door and rant and rave about not playing or just get my head down on the training ground — and I did the latter," he added.

I've been working hard in training and played 90 minutes for the reserves to stay match-sharp. I feel I've given a positive reaction and I hope that works in my favour.

"I just train as hard as I can. I know all players go through difficult times. It's part and parcel of football — it's how you deal with it.

"I've been doing really well in training and I feel as I've reacted well. If selected, I'm ready."

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  • Pottedrengen  |  November 18 2012, 10:59PM

    As Michu's best position is behind the main striker - the Laúdrup role, if you like . then there has to be plenty of hope for Danny. Laudrup did speak very highly of him pre-season. However, he needs to get back on track before the next transfer window, as Laudrup has already indicated he will exploit the money sitting in Swansea's accounts.

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  • Hadoken853332  |  November 18 2012, 10:40PM

    Michu has made dannys position here awkward. I think he is best off suited turning himself into an attacking mid fielder if he wants to stay here, as long as ML is here, he is not going to favour him over michu and he will not get enough game time to improve or impress. If anything he will go backwards. Danny has a great work rate and a good attitude, but every team in this league needs a striker that can score at least 25 goals a season and I think this is beyond Danny at this level. He is striker and they are judged on one thing only. not saying I want him out of the team, its not how we are at swansea and the work he puts in makes you want to give him a chance, but he needs to rethink his options and be realistic, cos Michu is scoring the amount of goals that come with strikers worth 5 times more than danny is. And as a club we are moving forwards, in other words, if michu gets 20+ goals this year which he will easy in my opinion, we are not going to be in the market for someone who scores less than that and with the amount of games danny is playing I would be surprised if he scores more than 10. So I think dannys worth here is going to be become harder unless he changes his role or accepts a supporting role. Sadly for Danny, Michu is widely considered the bargain find in the premier league. Dg should not feel bad, cos for the 3.5 million DG is great value for money and michu is simply the bargain find of the entire premier league thanks to ML. I just think after seeing what gylfi did for us and now michu, we all realise that we need those players who can get over a 20 goals a year and I think that is beyond DG. Like him a lot though and I hope he stays in the team, but the progress of the club is worth more than any single player or manager so I think we should always be honest.

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  • DanEGraig  |  November 18 2012, 10:22PM

    Change of boots needed I think .... in the EP photo it looks like Danny wears green coloured boots -- not a lucky colour... pardon my superstition, but something needs to change Danny's luck in front of goal...

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  • abertawejack  |  November 18 2012, 6:08PM

    Right on Danny Graham keep focused lad, as your a part of a very well managed team that thinks with it's feet. Keep that desire to play football any football and you'll kill off them gremlins, with you all the way here as most if not all SCFC fans.

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