As tactically astute as Michael Laudrup appears to be, there is another string to his bow that Swansea fans will have quickly realised.
Having previously managed in La Liga, he knows the Spanish league extremely well. So well in fact that he made what many believe to be the signing of last summer when securing Michu for just £2million from Rayo Vallecano.
The 25-year-old, whose contract expires this summer, has reportedly agreed a pre-contract agreement with the Swans. And while his position won’t see him making the headlines like his free-scoring countryman, it is his fee –or more specifically the lack of one – that could see him tagged the next Michu.
A product of Betis’s youth programme, Canas has risen through the ranks to become an integral part of the first-team. This season he has made 23 starts and one substitute appearance to help his side to seventh, just four points away from the final Champions League place.
A tough-tackling midfielder, his disciplinary record this season speaks of a player who is very good at his job, as only seven yellow cards and no dismissals testify.
Canas’s strength is in his ball interception and concentration, traits that will allow the likes of Michu and Nathan Dyer to do what they are best at.
The agreement will be officially announced next month, and with Laudrup acting quickly, expect more signings that prove to be master-strokes in the coming months.
The fact that Swansea will be playing in Europe next season will be an enticing extra for potential new signings. As will the Capital One Cup displayed proudly at the Liberty Stadium.
Canas will not score many goals during his time in Wales. He is yet to score for the Betis first-team. But he will excel at the equally important art of prevention.
How good will Canas be for Swansea? And which other players should Laudrup now attempt to sign?
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