Today's media round-up
24th July 2013
In today's media round-up there are interviews with Spanish winger Pablo Hernandez and manager Michael Laudrup.
Hernandez has spoken about his performances for the new campaign while the Great Dane was questioned about the club's attacking options.
South Wales Evening Post
Hernandez: Fans will see the best of me this season
Pablo Hernandez has promised Swansea City fans they will see the best of him this season.
The Spanish winger broke Swansea's transfer record when he arrived in a £5.55 million switch from Valencia last August.
And though the 28-year-old produced some standout performances during his first season in English football, he admits his rhythm was upset by injuries.
Hernandez suffered a knee complaint in late September, before a thigh problem meant he missed a month at the turn of the year.
Those issues disrupted a player who was only able to show glimpses of the quality that had previously seen him capped by Spain.
After taking a few games to settle, Hernandez scored in a 2-1 victory over Wigan in October and went on to net a memorable late leveller when Chelsea visited a fortnight later.
He then produced arguably his best performance of the season as Swansea brushed aside high-flying West Brom before fitness problems first struck.
The former Getafe man produced flashes of class after that, though there were also frustrating lapses when he struggled to exert himself in matches.
But with an injury-free pre-season behind him, Hernandez believes he will be at the peak of his powers when competitive action begins again.
"I'm happy with my form, I have confidence in this position and I think the team has worked well this summer," he said. "We have done well to win six (friendly) games but the score is not important, it's how we are playing, building our fitness and getting used to each other.
"It's important with the start of the Europa League so close and then the Premier League to start at 100 per cent. I think in my best moment of last season I had the injury.
"I was not on the pitch for a month and it was not easy for me. It hurt my confidence when I came back a bit.
"I was happy with my year but I think this season will be better for me. The fans and team can see the best Pablo and I am very confident that will happen.
"It was a big change for me having played in Spain. But I like English football, the way Swansea play and Michael's teams play. I'm happy here.
"It's not easy in a situation where you are moving countries but I made the decision to come to Swansea and I'm happy with that.
"Now I have to work 100 per cent for the new season, and the people at the club will be happy with me."
Laudrup still in market for Premier League striker
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup admits he is still in the market for a striker despite Rory Donnelly's prolific pre-season form.
Belfast-born Donnelly has scored six goals in five outings, including two in as many games on the club's mini-tour of the West Country last weekend.
Donnelly struck a beauty in Friday's 5-0 win at Yeovil and then another after coming on as a substitute in the 2-0 victory at Exeter on Sunday.
It's been a long time coming as the 21-year-old has made little impact since joining from Irish League Cliftonville in a £100,000 deal in January 2012.
But Laudrup admits Donnelly has provided food for thought in the striking department, especially with Swansea waiting for the work permit formalities to be completed over record £12m summer signing Wilfried Bony.
"He's done well because in that position we haven't had many players," said Laudrup. "He took his chance well again at Exeter and it was a fantastic finish against Yeovil, so it's good to see.
"We'll still need another striker, but it's good to know that Rory is moving forward, both for the future and a little bit for the present as well."