Graham wants Michu partnership

  • Last Updated: December 31 2012, 8:48 GMT

Danny Graham wants to be Michu's regular strike partner again after admitting Swansea's free-scoring Spaniard has to play every week.

Danny Graham: On target against Fulham
Danny Graham: On target against Fulham

Graham celebrated his recall on Saturday with his first Barclays Premier League goal for almost four months in the 2-1 victory at Fulham.

The club's top scorer last season started this term alongside summer signing Michu, who has been a revelation with 14 goals in his debut campaign in English football.

The pair initially seemed to hit it off, scoring five times between them in Swansea's first three league matches.

But a run of one point from the next four games saw manager Michael Laudrup break up the partnership, with Graham the man to make way.

He and Michu have started only once together since and Graham knows the Spaniard will be back in by right once he recovers from the knee injury that sidelined him on Saturday.

"I don't think I can keep him out of the team - he's done that well!" Graham said.

"I'd definitely like to get a few more games with him and play with him.

"He's come in as an attacking midfielder but done a job up front.

"If I get the chance to have a run in the team with Michu, I'm sure we could go on and score a lot of goals at the back end of the season.

"But, first and foremost, it's about the team. It's not about me not playing or how well Michu's done - it's down to the group of boys in there who just want to do their best for Swansea City Football Club."

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Graham could have another chance to stake a claim in Tuesday's home game with Aston Villa, which could come too early for Michu to return.

After that, he will sit down with Laudrup and discuss his future, with the Swans boss hinting on Saturday he would not stand in the 27-year-old's way if he decided to leave.

Graham said: "I've always said I'm happy at the club, so if the gaffer wants me here and part of his plans, there won't be any reason to leave."

Graham became Swansea's record signing when Brendan Rodgers bought him for £3.5million from Watford ahead of the club's maiden Premier League season, which saw him finish as their top scorer.

Swansea finished an impressive 11th last season with 47 points. After 20 games this term, they are 10th with 28 points.

Laudrup revealed he was looking at signings in "all 11 positions" in January and said of Graham: "I can say I want you to stay here but I cannot guarantee you are playing. So I think it is fair to listen to how they all feel.

"If they feel they still want to stay here then no problem, they are still part of the group."


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