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Swansea City: Michael Laudrup's wide boys leave him spoilt for choice

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

Is Michael Laudrup ready to give Pablo Hernandez, pictured above in training this week, a start against Everton, or will Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer keep their places?

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MICHAEL Laudrup admits he is spoilt for choice out wide as he ponders whether to hand Pablo Hernandez a full Swansea City debut against Everton on Saturday.

Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge have been in sparkling form on the Swansea flanks in the first few weeks of the Laudrup era.

But Hernandez made his first Swansea appearance as a substitute appearance at Aston Villa last weekend after joining from Valencia just before the transfer deadline.

And Laudrup must now decide whether to include the Spanish international from the start when Swansea tackle the Toffees this weekend. “It’s not a headache for me deciding who will play,” the Swansea manager said.

“It would be a headache if we only had one winger because of injuries, but we have three for two positions and that is important.

“You don’t know Pablo so well, but I know him and I think everybody can see we have three very good players for the two wide positions.

“Every time we make a change in that position now, we still have a very high level of player.

“Of course every player wants to play all the time if you ask them, but I think for the competition in the team and the technical level, it’s great to have three players like we have. I am very happy.”

Hernandez is still getting used to life in new surroundings having spent his entire career playing in his homeland.

The 27-year-old could not change the course of the game after coming on just before the hour at Villa Park.

But Swansea’s £5.55 million record signing did produce some bright touches last weekend and he is bound to get another chance to impress at some stage against Everton.

“I thought Pablo did well at Aston Villa,” Laudrup added.

“He is settling in well. His partner speaks great English because she lived in America, and I think it’s quite easy anyway here because we have Angel (Rangel), Michu, Chico (Flores) and some of the staff who speak Spanish.

“You don’t feel like a complete stranger at Swansea, and Pablo is a good guy and a great player.

“I think he is happy here and we are happy with him.”

Who plays out wide is one big selection call for Laudrup ahead of Everton, while he has Ki Sung-Yueng as an option should he wish to change things in midfield.

With a number of absentees in defence once again, Swansea are likely to stick with the rearguard which began at Villa.

“When you talk about the wingers in particular, we have good competition but not too much,” Laudrup said.

“They will all play a lot of matches this season. They will not always play 90 minutes, of course, but they will always be involved.

“That’s good for the team, and that’s the same in all the positions. That’s why I talked so much about having the right number of players in the squad.”

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  • Hadoken6773  |  September 20 2012, 11:01PM

    Heard a pundit singing the praises of Dyer this evening, he was talking about him being better than theo walcott, apparently they were all products of southhampton etc and he was saying Walcott has not developed as well as Dyer as a player and Walcott just has pace. Thought i would mention it all the same...

  • hacker_jack  |  September 20 2012, 1:31PM

    I'd stick with Dyer and Routledge from the start, give the new guy time to settle and a first start in the League Cup match, then make a decision for next weekend.

  • morton1947  |  September 20 2012, 9:42AM

    Although both Routledge and Dyer are playing well I would certainly like to see Pablo being given his chance he may be able to unlock a very tight looking Everton side. Saturday will prove to be very hard match against a team that looks in superb form at the moment and he may be the key to getting us a win over a team that put the double over us last season.

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