Danny Graham could consider himself to be one of the unluckiest men in football and here’s why.
Danny Graham probably would have been buzzing with excitement when it was announced that Michael Laudrup would be coming in to replace Brendan Rodgers as manager.
He may not even have felt threatened when the club signed Michu from Rayo Vallecano for £2 million because by rights he was still the main man at the Premier League club.
However, straight away Laudrup started to build his side around getting the ball into Michu as quickly as possible which meant Graham was restricted to a combination of substitute appearances and rare starts.
His record certainly isn’t appalling with 15 goals in 42 appearances for the club which suggests he would get into most Premier League starting elevens. The fact he has also played for eight different clubs in his career is also significant.
The main reason for Graham being pushed down the pecking order at Swansea is seemingly that he doesn’t fit in with the way Laudrup wants to play football. He’s effectively too stale.
This is rubbish because you don’t play for eight different teams in your career, mostly loans, without learning how to play different roles as a striker and adapting to different team styles.
He’s started just eleven matches this season when very few Swansea fans would have argued against him starting every match. His ability and quality has only been eclipsed because of the instant impact Michu has had at the club.
It’s just an unfortunate situation. Had he come in and had a stinker then he would understandably be under pressure but he’s bagged back-to-back goals in the last two Premier League matches and reports are everywhere that they club won’t try to keep him.
Reading and Norwich City have reportedly made approaches to sign him from Swansea and he would start in the eleven of either of those teams.
He’s the unluckiest man in football for the simple reason that he’s done nothing wrong, has still proven that he can do a job at his club and looks almost certain to be moved on by the end of the month.
He scored 14 goals last season in 39 appearances, a ratio of roughly one goal every three games. Something Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll could only dream of.
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