Today's media round-up
21st January 2013
After the winning performance against Stoke City on Saturday, the Daily Mail have focused on Jonathan de Guzman. His double against the Potters was timed perfectly, both for the Swans and the on looking Dutch assistant manager Danny Blind. Wales Online are looking ahead to the midweek clash with Chelsea in the second leg of the Capital One Cup, with the Swans 2-0 up it's there for the taking on Wednesday night. Finally, the South Wales Evening Post gets the thoughts of Stoke centre back Robert Huth on the possible departure of Kenwyne Jones to the Swans.
De Guzman pleads with Swans to keep him after scoring double against Stoke
By RIATH AL-SAMARRAI
Jonathan De Guzman is proving to be quite persuasive. He is desperate to turn his loan stay at Swansea into a permanent arrangement and his performance against Stoke on Saturday appears to have nudged Michael Laudrup to ensure it happens.
His two goals in the 3-1 win were brilliant in isolation; his domination of Stoke's heavy-hitting midfield made him the game's best player.
To judge from Dutch sources at the weekend, a full Holland cap is just around the corner.
Such has been his importance to Laudrup's plans that in a frantic schedule of seven matches in three weeks, he has started all but one and will almost certainly be Swansea's hinge between defence and attack against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg on Wednesday.
Beyond that, the ball is in Villarreal's court. They paid nearly £7million for him in August 2011 before the financial consequences of last season's relegation from La Liga forced them to loan him out.
But he is under contract until 2016 and Sportsmail understands a summer bid is on the cards, though Villarreal want to recoup at least £5m with add-ons of a further £1m.
De Guzman, 25, said: 'I have scored six goals here and am a happy camper - I would love to stay. It's a great group, not just the players but the guys around the place - the staff and the fans.
'It's a family club and I like that. There is something good happening here and I like being part of it.'
Analysis: Swansea City show will give Rafa Benitez nightmares
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez must have had a sleepless night after watching this Swansea City win over Stoke.
Benitez brings his star-studded Blues to the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday hoping to overturn a 2-0 deficit from their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg.
He was given a stark reminder of just how difficult that task is going to be as Michael Laudrup's side comfortably dispatched Stoke with goals from Ben Davies and a brace from Dutch midfielder Jonathan de Guzman.
They say there are no easy games in the Premier League, but the gulf in quality between Laudrup's Swans and Stoke, just a place below them in the table, was huge.
After being frustrated by Tony Pulis' hard-working Stoke side for 49 minutes once teenage full-back Davies had opened the scoring Swansea could easily have hit four or five.
South Wales Evening Post:
Potters loathe to lose Jones
Robert Huth admits Stoke City would be "gutted" if Kenwyne Jones leaves for Swansea City this month.
Swansea want Jones and, although they are yet to agree a fee, it seems the Trinidad & Tobago international may well arrive in Wales before the January transfer window closes.
It seems Stoke are willing to do a deal despite the fact that Jones has been their form forward in recent weeks.
And Huth reckons it will be a sad day for the Potters if they let Jones leave.
"The whole club and all the lads would be gutted if he leaves especially after his performances this season, when he made a big difference," said the Stoke centre-back.
"He has scored so many important goals for us so it would be disappointing if he left - and a great signing for Swansea if he joins."
Stoke boss Tony Pulis suggested that he does not want to lose Jones - although he refused to rule out the idea of selling a player who cost £8 million when he arrived from Sunderland in 2010.
"If an offer comes in for any player in the Premier League and it's the right offer then you look at it and then speak to the player," Pulis said.
"For example, I've had an offer this week for a player and I don't want him to go.
"There is an offer there and it's around about what the club would expect, but I've said to the player if you don't want to leave mate, then you can stay. And he wants to stay.
"And this is the same position (with Jones). We are in no financial trouble at this football club. We run the club soundly and I'm honest with the players."