Today's media round-up
26th April 2013
Today's media round-up looks ahead to Sunday's trip to Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League.
Pablo Hernandez has warned his team-mates to keep his former Spain team-mate Fernando Torres quiet while Ashley Williams believes the Swans are capable of repeating their result in the Capital One Cup at Stamford Bridge in January.
Meanwhile, the latest transfer rumours have linked the Swans with Sevilla's Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo.
Hernandez puts Swans on Fernando Torres alert
Swansea City have been warned Chelsea star Fernando Torres is ready to return to the form that made him the most feared forward in Europe.
But his old Spain team-mate still reckons he can be snuffed out when the Swans head to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Pablo Hernandez was part of the Spanish side that competed in the Confederations Cup just 12 months ahead of their World Cup triumph in South Africa, Torres the striker who put the finishing touches to the tiki-taka of Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
But after a £50m move to Chelsea, Torres has struggled for goals and confidence to such an extent he has been openly mocked and held up as the ultimate example of bad business.
It has appeared to eat away at his belief in the penalty box, eventually costing him his Spain place.
Yet there have been signs that the old Torres is still somewhere hidden underneath the self-doubt, even more so since reuniting with former Anfield mentor turned Chelsea interim boss, Rafa Benitez.
And Hernandez, right, insists that Swansea would be foolish to write off his compatriot's threat - even if he will hope he continues his league scoring drought this weekend.
Goals in Europe have masked the fact Torres has not scored in the Premier League since before Christmas, but Hernandez warned: "I think Fernando has had a good season for Chelsea.
"He is a big player. Sometimes, in football, the big players go through bad moments and don't play at their best, but it does not mean they are not still big players.
"All strikers love scoring goals. He went through a spell of not scoring goals and people criticised him.
"But Fernando has always been a big player and I think he will get back into the national team in the future.
"He's still an important player for the national team.
"He's a quality player, but he is someone who needs confidence.
"He's had his moments this season and in other seasons where he hasn't had that confidence. But when he has confidence he's a top player.
"I think Rafa is a help for him. The best moments for Fernando were with Rafa at Liverpool. He is a manager who seems able to help Fernando.
"And I think you can see he has recovered his confidence in the last few months and games and now is a better moment for Fernando.
"But I hope he has a quiet day against us. I said to him before the cup game, 'Do not score' and he didn't. I hope that happens again."
South Wales Evening Post
Williams eyes another Swans smash-and-grab at Chelsea
Ashley Williams reckons Swansea City can pull off another "smash-and-grab" success at Chelsea this weekend.
Michael Laudrup's men stunned the European champions on their own patch in January's Capital One Cup semi-final.
And though Swansea are without a win in five games, Williams is convinced they can do it again.
"It was a bit of a smash-and-grab when we got the win there earlier in the season," he conceded.
"But I think it's always going to be like that when you go to a ground like Stamford Bridge. I can't see us ever going and dominating the whole 90 minutes because of the quality they have in their team. It's obviously going to be tough for us and we will have to defend well as a team, but we have done it before."
Chelsea's need for points is greater than Swansea's given that they are part of what looks like a three-way tussle for two Champions League qualification places.
But though Laudrup's men are heading for a mid- table finish, Williams insists they have plenty to play for.
"We are not going to get into the Champions League or get relegated, but it's about personal pride and professionalism for us now," he added. "Players get more money for the games we win as well, so there's a lot to play for.
"We haven't won for a while and we need to go there and put a performance in - that's the main thing."
Without a victory in five, Swansea will be on their worst Premier League run if they fail to pull off an unlikely victory this weekend.
But Williams reckons they have deserved more than a return of only two points from the last 15 on offer.
"It's been really frustrating because we could have got more from the games against Southampton, Norwich and West Brom," he said.
"But we've had difficult runs before and we'll just have to work through it."
Swans join race to sign Sevilla star Alvaro Negredo
Swansea City have reportedly joined the race to sign Sevilla's £15m-rated Spain star Alvaro Negredo as they cast their net wide for a new striker.
Swans boss Michael Laudrup has long admitted he is in the hunt for a new frontman this summer and will have cash to spend after the club's success at staying in the Premier League on top of a frugal January transfer window.
And now Spanish media - close to financially-hit La Liga side Sevilla have claimed the Dane has added his name to the long list of Negredo's admirers.
The 27-year-old is one of the hottest properties in Europe with his 18 goals making him Spain's fourth highest goalscorer this season - behind Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Radamel Falcao.
And there have been a host of clubs linked to the 14-cap six-goal Spain ace.
With Borussia Dortmund thought to be one of the front-runners as they eye up the ex-Rayo Vallecano man if Robert Lewandowski leaves this summer, it seems unlikely that Swansea would be able to make any deal happen or whether the interest is serious.
Nevertheless, Spanish press have claimed that Swansea have joined Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham in scouting the striker.
Laudrup has not hidden from the fact he is likely to do his shopping in Spain once more with a deal for Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas in the bag.
And, despite these latest reports, it is thought Iago Aspas remains at the top of Swansea's wish-list as they get ready to move for the Celta Vigo man.
Swansea are thought to have asked Chelsea to be kept informed of Romelu Lukaku's situation, despite West Brom boss' Steve Clarke's protestations Liberty interest in the loan star was "idle gossip."