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Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup ponders striker switch

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 19, 2012

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MICHAEL Laudrup is weighing up whether to hand Luke Moore a first Premier League start of the season tomorrow after admitting Danny Graham is struggling for top form.

Moore made a strong impression after coming off the bench at half-time against Reading a fortnight ago, helping Swansea fight back from 2-0 down to earn a point.

And Laudrup could ask the former West Brom man, whose last top-flight start was in early April, to lead the line against Wigan if he feels Graham needs a break.

"There are things I am looking at to see where we can improve," said the Swansea manager.

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"I am always thinking about how we can do better in the next game, and I have some thoughts about what we may have to do this weekend.

"Luke did well when he came on against Reading.

"He could have scored after one minute, he made some good movements and he is a good finisher inside the box."

Laudrup suggested in pre-season that Graham could score 20 Premier League goals this year, and the chances are the £3.5 million man will still have a role to play even if he does begin on the bench against Wigan.

Laudrup remains a big admirer of last year's 14-goal top-scorer at the Liberty.

"Danny started the season very well and in pre-season he was fantastic," he added.

"He played a great game against QPR and he carried that on against West Ham and Sunderland.

"It's true that after that he has not had so many chances — he has just been half a yard away a few times.

"But he wants to come back to his best and he is working very hard to do that. We have given him some extra work to do and of course I would like to see him back to his best.

"We are all trying to get Danny back there because we need him."

Laudrup may also consider a change on the right flank tomorrow.

Nathan Dyer missed training last week because of a slight injury, and Pablo Hernandez is an obvious candidate to step in if required.

Otherwise it is likely to be the same side which began against Reading after Ki Sung-Yueng, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies and Michel Vorm trained yesterday having returned unscathed from international duty.

Without a victory in their last five league games, Swansea face Manchester City and Chelsea next in the top flight after this weekend's reunion with Roberto Martinez.

But Laudrup has rejected talk of the Wigan clash being a must-win fixture.

"It would be nice to win of course," he said, "but we have to be careful with talk of must-win games.

"Whatever happens this is only the eighth game of the league season, and there will be 30 more after that.

"If this is must-win then what are the games later in the season? Must-must-win, or even must-must-must win?

"We want to win for a number of reasons, because we are at home, we are playing a direct rival and it is a few games since we won in the league.

"It would give us confidence if we could win, but the league does not stop this weekend."

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