Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup gears up for transfer deadline day
MICHAEL Laudrup admitted he had no idea how deadline day would unfold for Swansea City as he paid tribute to his players after their goalless draw at Sunderland.
The Swansea manager insisted he does not know what the future holds for Danny Graham amid strong interest from the Black Cats and a number of other clubs.
And he said he was unable to give any clues on whether Swansea will bring anyone else in before tomorrow night’s deadline — because he is not sure himself.
“I really don’t know whether we will sign anyone,” said Laudrup.
“Sometimes as managers we have to be like politicians, but sometimes we just don’t know what is going to happen. I cannot say we won’t sign anyone and then something changes, because then you will ask me what I was talking about.
“And I cannot say we will sign someone because as you have seen already in this window, things can change very quickly.
“It’s a lot easier for me to say that I will talk about it when the window closes.”
Laudrup preferred Itay Shechter to Graham last night, but the striker did arrive — to boos from sections of the home support — for the final 15 minutes.
“It was my decision to leave Danny out of the starting side, but when he came on he was professional as always and he was unlucky not to score at the end,” Laudrup added.
“I don’t want to comment on whether he has asked to leave. There has been so much speculation — I would rather wait to see what happens.”
Laudrup saluted his team’s ability to focus on the job after a dominant display at the Stadium of Light. “In Swansea since we beat Chelsea, everybody has talked about Wembley and the cup final,” he said.
“Nobody has talked about Sunderland, but my players showed great maturity to come and perform like they did.”
Swansea keeper Michel Vorm missed out last night with a minor knee injury, but the club hope he will be back in contention for the trip to West Ham on Saturday.