Today's media round-up
8th January 2013
With the dust settling after the Swans' thrilling FA Cup third round draw against Arsenal, focus now turns to the first leg of the club's Capital One Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea.
The fixtures are coming thick and fast, but Michel Vorm believes the Swans can spring a surprise to reach a historic first cup final.
Meanwhile, Ben Davies explains the running joke going around the dressing room, and Wales manager Chris Coleman thinks the Swans will struggle to keep hold of in-form striker Michu.
In other news, the Wall Street Journal look into the style revolution that has carried the club from the depths of relegation despair to well-earned respectability in the Barclays Premier League.
Vorm is ready to spring a surprise
Michel Vorm claims Swansea can reach a historic first cup final by taking inspiration from the Premier League's basement boys, QPR.
Vorm, 29, said: "What QPR achieved last week can inspire us. After Chelsea beat Aston Villa 8-0, everyone wrote off QPR. But they went there and won.
"Everyone is so competitive; that is why I love English football. And Chelsea will not know what to expect from us.
"We have to believe in ourselves and give everything until the very end."
The Wall Street Journal
The Swans are soccer's rare birds
The Swansea City players were strangely subdued as they left London after a recent game, almost downcast. They criticized themselves for their passing and they grumbled about their ugly performance.
It may seem odd, even presumptuous, for a small team that only arrived in the Premier League in 2011 to beat itself up for winning ugly. But Swansea's passing style has been its defining quality in becoming one of England's most improved clubs of the past decade-and it has no intention of changing that.
Not so long ago, in 2002-2003, the Swans finished one point clear of relegation from the fourth tier of English soccer and into the semiprofessional ranks outside the Football League. Only a victory on the final day of the season kept them up. Since then, the club has earned three promotions and improved its league position from one year to the next in all but one season.
Michu will move from Swansea for right price, says Chris Coleman
Michu, a £2m summer signing from Rayo Vallecano, scored his 15th goal of the season on Sunday against Arsenal.
Coleman does not expect the 26-year-old Spaniard to move in January but feels Swansea will sell in the summer if the price is right.
"If any player at Swansea City is performing like Michu is then the big boys are going to look, and if they want you enough they will pay the money.
"As much as Swansea want to keep him, they won't be able to say no to that. They might say he is not for sale, but everyone is for sale at a price."
South Wales Evening Post
Davies is living the dream but keeping his feet on the ground
There is a bit of a running joke going around the Swansea City dressing room about a team member being the only Premier League player to have a car with wind-down windows.
But the owner of the Volkswagon Polo in question laughs it off.
"It's not even a bad car," says Ben Davies. "A couple of my mates started it, saying I was the only Premier League player with a car with wind-down windows. Then the kitman got hold of it and it got in the club. It is a bit of banter. I don't mind. It is only a joke, I can take it. At the end of the day I am 19 and most 19-year-olds are lucky to have a car."
That last statement illustrates the level-headed, feet firmly on the ground approach which has helped Ben mix it with the best in the Premier League.