Swansea hitman Graham is happy he snubbed QPR
Tuesday 27 December 2011
Swansea striker Danny Graham insists he made the right decision to join the Swans over Queen's Park Rangers, who travel to south Wales for today's tea-time kick-off.
Graham signed for a club-record £3.5m deal from Watford last summer despite offers from several Premier League clubs, including Neil Warnock's men. The 26-year-old's gut feeling has been partly vindicated as Swansea are above the Londoners ahead of their match.
Graham said: "I went to speak to QPR and I was tempted. They are a club on the up and have a lot of money to back that up. But, in terms of the football, Swansea was better suited for me. I am a centre-forward and can be a targetman but I like to play football. The way Swansea play football, they pass and move and have fast wingers, so it was better for my development as a player. The style of football was the main factor. I'm glad I've joined. It won't be a problem facing QPR. I also spoke to West Brom. It's just part and parcel of football."
Graham, who was top scorer in the Championship with 24 goals last season, has continued his goalscoring exploits with five strikes this term, but he wants to keep scoring to repay the faith shown in him by Swansea's manager, Brendan Rodgers. Graham added: "To spend £3.5m is a heck of a lot of money for Swansea, so I want to score goals to repay Brendan."
Neil Taylor is set to start despite a knee injury which forced him off in the defeat at Everton. And Darnel Situ is set to become a Swan when the transfer window opens. A fee of £250,000 has been agreed with Lens for the 19-year-old French defender.
Odds Home 11-10; Draw 23-10, Away 5-2.
Kick-off Today, 5pm (Sky Sports 1; Highlights Sky Sports 1, 10pm)
Team news Neil Taylor starts at left-back for Brendan Rodgers' Swansea after recovering from the knee injury he suffered at Everton last week. Nathan Dyer (foot) also returns. Anton Ferdinand (hamstring) misses out for QPR, while Shaun Wright-Phillips (knee) is a doubt.
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