Swans must secure more star names

Monday 25th March 2013 22:22

De Guzman: Has impressed on loan

De Guzman: Has impressed on loan

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Michu is set to stay at the Liberty Stadium for next season, but FanZone's Swansea blogger Sion Cleaver wants several more key men to sign up.

Swansea will return to Premier League action on Saturday on the back of two straight defeats, a run which has seen Michael Laudrup's men slip to ninth in the top-flight rankings.

Yes, they have already won a major cup and secured a place in next season's Europa League, but relegation is still a mathematical possibility. The Swans sit 13 points above Wigan Athletic at the top of the danger zone, so continued wins in this campaign's remaining eight clashes will still be a priority for Laudrup.

A final push against Tottenham, Norwich and Southampton will ensure a comfortable end to Swansea's season - although things could get a little tough if further injuries are picked up considering Chico Flores, Neil Taylor and Kemy Agustien are still sidelined for the next few weeks.

As the summer transfer window approaches, rumours and uncertainty of the future of Swansea's squad have already started to come into play. The future of star striker Michu is looking promising for Swans fans however, after the Spaniard vowed to stay the Liberty Stadium for the foreseeable future while also revealing his disbelief at lifting the League Cup at Wembley in his debut Premier League season.

The Spaniard made a £2million move from Rayo Vallecano in August 2012 and has proved to be one of the stand-out buys of the summer transfer window after racking up an impressive tally of 19 goals in 35 appearances.

The 27-year-old was quick to compliment his fellow team-mates, stating his and Swansea's success this campaign could not have been possible without the likes of Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman, Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer.

"For me, they are the best," the Spaniard told Sky Sports. "We can link up with each other very well. There are great players in the league but I wouldn't change my team-mates for anybody."

Sticking on the subject of maintaining key players, de Guzman has revealed he is eager to sign a permanent contract with Swansea - the 25-year-old is currently on loan from Spanish outfit Villarreal.

Captain Ashley Williams has expressed his interest in remaining with the south Wales outfit too, with the Welshman's agent Jamie Moralee insisting he is happy with his role in Laudrup's high-flying Swansea side.

Retaining some of the club's key players in the summer transfer window will play a key part in whether the club maintain their established Premier League status next campaign as well as progressing in Europa League competition.

The international break could prove to be an unwelcome interruption for Laudrup's side, with defender Williams and youngster Ben Davies all receiving call-ups for Wales' World Cup qualifying encounters against Scotland and Croatia.

Overcoming such issues will surely see Swansea strike back on track after two disappointing defeats, perhaps just in time to maintain the comfortable mid-table position that the Welsh club have enjoyed for the past two seasons.

By Sion Cleaver, FanZone's Swansea City blogger. Follow him on Twitter at @SionCleaver - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too!

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