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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup keen to add goal threat

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 25, 2012

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MICHAEL Laudrup believes he must add firepower to his squad if Swansea City are to hit their target once more in the Premier League next season.

Laudrup last week signed Michu from Rayo Vallecano and is confident the Spaniard will score goals in the English top flight.

The new Swansea manager also reckons another of his early recruits, Jonathan de Guzman, will contribute to the team's goalscoring tally.

But Laudrup is adamant that more goal threats are required if Swansea to survive their second top-flight season.

"It's very important for this team to have players who know how to score goals," said the Swansea manager.

"You cannot just rely on one or two players and say we hope these two will score 25 goals between them.

"If you do that you can end up falling a little short."

Danny Graham, who hit 14 goals, and Scott Sinclair, with nine, led the scoring charts at the Liberty Stadium last season.

But Swansea have lost the considerable threat of Gylfi Sigurdsson, who netted seven times from midfield after arriving on loan from Hoffenheim back in January. Laudrup hopes Michu, who scored 15 La Liga goals last season in a struggling Rayo Vallecano side, will fill Sigurdsson's boots.

And while he describes Graham as a forward with "a lot of quality", Laudrup wants to increase Swansea's arsenal before they kick off the new Premier League campaign at Queens Park Rangers on August 18.

Laudrup is interested in Getafe striker Miku, but Swansea have so far failed to strike a deal for the Venezuelan international.

They had hoped to clinch Miku's signing before departing for their pre-season tour of America last weekend.

Ex-Liverpool man Ryan Babel has been touted as a potential target, but Swansea are thought unlikely to move for Udinese's Odion Ighalo — despite his claims.

"You can look at each player in your squad, add up the average number of goals they score and think you need to find seven or eight more goals," Laudrup added.

"Otherwise you are a little short and that means you have to defend very well.

"If we don't score enough goals, we will have problems."

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