Laudrup dismisses Graham rumours

Swansea City striker Danny Graham has been linked with a move to Sunderland this January, it would be a mistake and one his manager has rubbished.

Danny Graham will consider himself unlucky not to have had more of an impact at Swansea this season because of the arrival of Michu. However, the club doesn’t need to sell him and he doesn’t need to move.

Fresh reports in the national newspapers have suggested this morning that Sunderland could be engineering a bid for Graham to help solve their goalscoring and league position problems.

However, it would be a bad move for Graham because he’s already at a club where he is valued and in a team that suits his style of play. Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has even confirmed the club have no intention to sell and that Graham is a key figure in his plans.

“We’ve not had official bids for Danny. He’s playing well right now so obviously he’s important for us because he’s scoring goals. But let’s see what he is saying. That I am talking to players doesn’t mean I tell them they can leave. That’s just the way I am. I speak to players,” Laudrup told the Daily Mirror.

If, and it’s a big if, Graham did decide to move to Sunderland then he would be going to the Stadium of Light with an enormous amount of pressure on his shoulders.

Sunderland are in 14th place so it’s not doom and gloom just yet but they have only scored 21 goals which is one of the worst records in the Premier League as things stand.

If that doesn’t change then the club will get pulled down into a relegation dogfight meaning Graham would be looked to, to score the goals which get the side out of trouble.

If that is pressure that he can’t fulfil then it could be the end of his chances of joining another big side in the future and it would also drastically dent his chances of playing international football before he retires.

“Apart from his late goal he showed great spirit and heart. In the last couple of games we’ve seen the Danny we saw at the end of pre-season,” added Laudrup.

While he is still so clearly valued by his current manager, it would seem an idiotic decision for Graham to join another side while he is still getting the chance to play.

Add to that the fact he is scoring goals and he is going to be crucial for Swansea over the rest of the season. I suggest that Sunderland start looking elsewhere for a solution to their goalscoring problems.

Tell us your opinions, do you think Danny Graham should leave Swansea?

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