Alejandro Pozuelo: "Manager is giving me confidence and games"
ALEJANDRO Pozuelo admits he is still getting used to life at a new club in a different country.
Given what they have seen already from an attacking midfielder who remains wet behind the ears, Swansea City are entitled to feel excited about what Pozuelo's future may bring.
These are early days in the Swansea career of a player who has not got that much experience of senior football back home in Spain, never mind in the English game.
But already Pozuelo is showing signs of promise.
Already, the fee of around £500,000 Swansea paid to bring Pozuelo to Wales from Real Betis looks like peanuts for a player with so much talent.
Pozuelo, who turned 22 last month, is yet to start a Premier League game, but there have been cameo appearances.
In the cups, meantime, Pozuelo has been given more of a chance, and already he has a couple of Europa League goals to show for his encouraging performances.
An attacking midfielder who was only ever a fringe man at Betis, Pozuelo could not have hoped for much more from his first couple of months as a Swan.
"I think I am dealing quite well with the change in culture from Spain to here," Pozuelo says.
"I am still adapting to the team and the manager, but I can't complain about anything.
"The manager is giving me confidence and games, and I am very happy.
"We have a big squad and we cannot all play. The manager makes the decisions and I am happy with them.
"I hope to play as much as possible, and it is helpful knowing the manager is confident enough to play me.
"He and my team-mates are helping me adapt, while the fans are very warm. They always make you feel welcome and that helps me to settle here."
Laudrup always felt Pozuelo was a player who could have an impact on these shores, and the indications are that the Dane will be proved right.
Pozuelo is no physical powerhouse, but his touch, technical ability and ability to find space — both for himself and others — suggest that he is a star in the making.
His only Swansea starts to date have come in the knockout competitions, but it probably won't be long before the Seville-born starlet gets his league chance.
Right now the focus is on the Europa League anyway, and it would be no surprise if Pozuelo makes the XI for tomorrow night's meeting with St Gallen.
He started the previous game in Valencia, where Swansea's remarkable triumph will give them confidence against the Swiss.
"I was lucky to play 90 minutes and it was special, particularly as it was on Spanish TV," Pozuelo adds.
"It was a dream start in the group stage for us. A victory like that over a team like Valencia gives you motivation for the next games."
The Valencia triumph sent tongues wagging and odds falling, with Swansea now third favourites with some bookmakers to win the Europa League at the first attempt.
Pozuelo shies away from any bold predictions — but believes Swansea have the tools required to progress.
"It is difficult and early to speak about goals, but I think we have a very good team," he says.
"Our goals right now are to get as far as possible in the Europa League and to claim a good position in the Premier League and improve on last year.
"I think we can achieve good things."