Today's media round-up

4th September 2013

Following the close of this summer's transfer window, Wales manager Chris Coleman discusses why he's delighted Ashley Williams remains a Jack. Meanwhile, the BBC explain why Jose Canas could be yet another Spanish bargain for the Swans.


South Wales Evening Post

Coleman is delighted Ash still a Jack


Chris Coleman has admitted he is happy that Ashley Williams is remaining a Swansea City player.


Williams' performances have attracted attention since Swansea's elevation to the top flight, a level at which the former Stockport defender has shone.


But with the summer transfer window now closed, Williams is staying put at the Liberty and Coleman reckons that is excellent news.


"For Ash, whether he stayed at Swansea or moved he was going to be a regular, that's the way Ash is, he's not a squad player," said the Wales manager. "He could play for most teams and the fact he's at Swansea, great. He's been a great servant for Swansea and he's had great success there.


"I think he's got another two years on his contract, but Ashley's one of these players that even if he'd had a move to a big club I wouldn't have worried about him. I know what he's like mentally."



BBC Sport

Finding a bargain like Michu - featuring Jose Canas


Monday's transfer deadline day saw Arsenal break their spending record as they signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for £42.4million, while Manchester United bought Marouane Fellaini from Everton for £27.5m.

But the marquee signings are not always the ones which prove to be the best value - you only have to look back 12 months to Swansea's £2m signing of Michu or the £7m spent by Aston Villa on Christian Benteke to see the quality that can be found lower down the market.

Swansea have unearthed another Spanish gem with the capture of defensive midfielder Jose Canas on a free transfer from Real Betis.

Although he's a different kind of player from Michu, and consequently won't grab the same kind of headlines as last year's Spanish signing, he could become just as important to Michael Laudrup's team.

The 26-year-old's midfield partnership with Benat, now with Athletic Bilbao, was one of the key factors in Betis' unexpected success last season.

He is a committed performer who keeps his passes simple and uses excellent positional awareness to protect his back four. His physical attributes should ensure he doesn't encounter any problems in adapting to the pace and power of the Premier League either.