Swansea manager Michael Laudrup tips Danny Graham to score 20 goals
Monday 13 August 2012
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup believes striker Danny Graham can be their 20-goals-a-season man.
Former Watford forward Graham, who turned 27 yesterday, arrived at the Liberty Stadium in a club record move and went on to find the net 12 times as the Swans finished 11th in the top flight.
And he has been in prolific form in pre-season, scoring six goals in five appearances, including a hat-trick against Blackpool and a brace in the weekend draw with Stuttgart.
With signs that the ex-Carlisle and Middlesbrough man is forming an understanding with new signing Michu, Laudrup is backing Graham to have an excellent campaign.
He said: "Every day the connection between Danny and Michu looks better and better and we can expect a lot from them.
"I don't know what Danny's record is, but if he stays fit I would say he can score between 15 and 20 goals in the Premier League."
With midfielder Joe Allen completing his move to Liverpool, Laudrup is set to receive some of the fee, believed to be £15million, to further strengthen his squad.
But the Dane, who is interested in a move for Bolton's Mark Davies, admits the prices clubs ask for British players may mean he has to look to the continent for "value for money".
"For me it's not a case of saying I have 14, 15, 16 or £100million to spend," he said. "Or saying I have all this money so I need at last 80% of it to buy a replacement, let's buy some big names.
"The bigger clubs, the players there don't want to leave and even players from other clubs in the Premier League are expensive.
"The problem is, for example, what would an offensive midfielder in the Premier League scoring 15 goals a season be worth? He would be worth more than the £2million we paid for Michu.
"We have to be careful not to always go for foreigners but in Britain you would have an issue with value for money."
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Mutual contempt burns as rivals Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho face off again
Wayne Rooney is Premier League's richest footballer with £72million worth but Lewis Hamilton leads the Sunday Times Rich List
Memphis Depay to Manchester United: Louis van Gaal faces difficult task as Liverpool hold 'secret' meeting with transfer target
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Liverpool transfer news: Brendan Rodgers reveals transfer plans to sign a new striker to put Daniel Sturridge's future into doubt
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Katie Hopkins on LBC: Listen to caller taking The Sun columnist to task over migrant comments
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election