The Laudrup Effect

Posted: August 26, 2012 in Premier League

After a rampant start to the season, Swansea City are starting to prove their doubters wrong.

After losing Brendan Rodgers, the general footballing public started to tip Swansea for the drop. The assumption that Swansea’s slick passing would go awash after the departure of Rodgers was something that all Swansea fans feared. Joe Allen leaving and Gylfi Sigurdson opting to join Tottenham led to the misconception that Swansea’s passing philosophy was slowly starting to deteriorate.

Many people raised their eyebrows at the appointment of Michael Laudrup as the new Swansea manager. Shouts of Mick McCarthy, and a few other Premier League managers that had recently got the sack, were starting to boil up. But what a masterstroke by the Swansea board to bring in Danish manager Michael Laudrup.

Laudrup had recently plied his trade in Spain with Mallorca and Getafe, albeit for a combined two seasons. His links back in Spain have led to some fantastic acquisitions made for Swansea. He’s brought in some fantastic players at some admirable low prices. Laudrup’s Spanish coups have come in the shape of Chico, De Guzman and Michu, the latter being the most impressive signing of all.

Michu joined Swansea after a magnificent first season at Rayo Vallecano; the Spaniard bagged sixteen goals. He was used in various different positions last season, but mainly played in an attacking-mid role. He’s such a technically gifted player despite his height. Then again, he’s Spanish, they’re all born with impeccable technicality. Laudrup spent a measly £1.5M/£2M for the Rayo Vallecano man. An absolute steal for a player of his calibre.

Michu has had a great start to his life in the premier league, playing just behind Danny Graham. Three goals and one assist in two games has seen him become the main threat in a very strong Swansea team.

Swansea have beaten two teams who, supposedly, are meant to be in a relegation battle with them. A 5-0 win against QPR and a 3-0 win against West Ham have flushed all doubts about Swansea down the toilet. Not only have they won convincingly, they’re passing the ball around better than last season.

Laudrup has kept Swansea’s passing philosophy but has added some end product to the passing. One criticism of Swansea last season was the fact that they would pass their opponents to death but couldn’t stick the ball in the back of the net. That criticism has now faded away; Swansea have put their doubters to sleep.

Laudrup is still looking for some reinforcements with a week to go of the transfer window. Whispers of Scott Sinclair leaving has made Swansea step up their interest in highly rated Valencia winger, Pablo Hernandez. Swansea are also linked with Aleksei Berezutski – a versatile Russian defender who can play anywhere across the back-four. Laudrup may be able to lure the Russian to Swansea due to his time spent managing at Spartak Moscow.

The sky’s the limit for Swansea right now. They’ve some tough fixtures coming up such as Sunderland (H), Everton (H) and Stoke (A). If they get six points from those three games I reckon they could be outsiders for a top-eight finish.

~GB1886 – I hope you enjoyed this little article on Swansea. I’m aiming to make my blog more diverse and not only about Barnet. Feedback is much appreciated.

  1. Abertawe says:

    Always interesting to hear what others think about Swansea!
    Swansea have a philosophy from the board down, started by Roberto Martinez. All management appointments since Martinez have been made to fit in with this style. Huw Jenkins will have very carefully drawn up a shortlist to replace Rodgers, and as soon as Laudrup was selected it meant his philosophy fitted in with the club (pretty obvious to anyone old enough to have watched the man play anyway). Whilst certain people outside of South Wales might have mentioned Big Mick etc, they would never have been considered.
    Swansea are an example of what can be achieved when everyone believes the same thing and the chairman knows what he is doing!!!

    Also raises the question of why Liverpool took Rodgers, rather than Martinez!!

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