Today's media round-up
15th April 2013
After a weekend off from Barclays Premier League action, the Swans now focus on Saturday's home clash with Southampton.
In today's media round-up, Morten Wieghorst has challenged the team to maintain their good work in the top flight, while boss Michael Laudrup gives encouraging news on the potential First-Team return of Neil Taylor.
South Wales Evening Post
Taylor will be back before the end of the season, says Laudrup
Michael Laudrup expects Neil Taylor to play for Swansea City's first team this season as the left-back closes in on a complete recovery from his horrific ankle injury.
Taylor is set to feature for Swansea's under-21 side against Millwall at Parc y Scarlets tonight (7pm).
It will be his fourth comeback appearance in Kris O'Leary's development side after more than seven months on the sidelines with the dislocated and fractured ankle suffered in a challenge with Sunderland's Craig Gardner back on September 1.
And Laudrup believes Welsh international Taylor will come into contention for a return to Swansea's senior side once this evening's run-out is out of the way.
"I think physically Neil is more or less there now," said the Swansea manager. "He played 90 minutes for the under-21s last week and he will play again tonight.
"After that it will just be about getting back up to Premier League level.
"It's good for him. He is looking forward to coming back and I think we will see him in the first team before the season ends. That is our plan at least."
He added: "When Neil comes back and plays some games and feels he is not worried about going into a tackle, he will be a stronger," the Dane added.
"I mean as a person as much as a player - you always get stronger when you go through negative things and come out the other side, and Neil will be mentally stronger."
Wieghorst challenges Swans to prove great season is not 'one off'
Swansea City's players have been warned just how difficult it will be for them to retain their status as one of the Premier League's most attractive and competent teams.
Michael Laudrup's right-hand man Morten Wieghorst has spoken of the need for the Liberty Stadium stars to prove they have what it takes to develop the kind of mentality that can make sure this season's success is no one-off.
Swans boss Laudrup has highlighted the example of Manchester United as a team that deals with the pressure of expectation by picking up points relentlessly.
The Dane chose to flag up United as Swansea attempted to cope with a run of three successive defeats on the back of picking up the Capital One Cup and sealing Premier League safety.
Swansea ended that slump with a point at Norwich last weekend, but know they must get back to winning ways against Southampton on Saturday to bolster hopes of finishing in the top half and securing a position as one of the best clubs in the land.
But now Wieghorst, Laudrup's new No. 2, has echoed his compatriot's message by challenging Michu and co. to take the next step and refuse to rest on their laurels.
"The manager mentioned recently that, yes, we won the cup which was great and no-one can ever take that away from Swansea as a club and the players who earned those medals.
"But there is the Premier League as well and we want to make the most of this opportunity and finish in the top half.
"If we stay in a bad run then we might not achieve that target so the winning mentality the manager talks of is important for us to work on and to help us take the next step.
"We need that to evolve and avoid the kind of bad runs we went on.
"I don't think there's anyone who's happy just to have done what we've done or not bothered about losing three in a row.
"In the defeats we've had we probably should have got a draw at West Brom, then we faced two top sides in Arsenal and Tottenham.
"Even against Spurs we came back strongly in the second half after being two goals down and could have snatched a point because there wasn't much in it by the end.
"So it's not been a case of us playing poorly and, importantly, we haven't been able to point a finger at the players' attitude which is a good thing as well.
"You have to accept sometimes things won't go for you in a game, you come up against a very good team or even a very good player like Gareth Bale.
"But it's about the reaction.
"Even the best teams get beaten, but it's the reaction that makes them the best and you can feel that the players here want to be like that.
"It's an on-going process and something that will take time, but that's why the rest of the season is so important."
"The club has taken major steps this season, but if they want to take the next one it will be more difficult."