Today's media round-up
11th January 2013
In a busy month of action for the Swans, the media have also been busy focusing on the recent achievements of Michael Laudrup's side.
Michu's stock continues to skyrocket after opening the scoring in Wednesday night's Chelsea, and Spain boss Vicente del Bosque is set to watch the former Rayo Vallecano man in action at Everton on Saturday.
Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux has praised the Swans for their Capital One Cup semi-final victory at Stamford Bridge, while former Swan Lee Trundle and Michael Laudrup look ahead to the clash at Goodison Park.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel talks about his future at the club as his contract is due to expire this summer.
Spain boss Del Bosque jets in to watch Swans star in action
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque will make a personal scouting mission to watch Swansea sensation Michu in action against Everton on Saturday.
Michu has been labelled the 'bargain of the season' by his manager Michael Laudrup, while Gary Lineker went one step further by hailing him the 'bargain of the century' in reaction to the 26-year-old forward's 16 goals this season following a £2.2million summer move from Rayo Vallecano.
His goal-scoring expoits have caught the eye of World Cup-winning coach Del Bosque, who was named FIFA Coach of the Year this week, and could win him a place in Spain's all-star squad for next month's friendly against Uruguay in Doha.
Lee Trundle on Swans
Lee Trundle believes Everton will be facing a different Swansea to the side they hammered 3-0 in September.
The Liberty Stadium outfit has lost all three encounters against David Moyes' men since their elevation to the top flight.
But Trundle feels the Swans have become a much more potent force under the stewardship of Michael Laudrup.
He said: "I was at the Liberty Stadium in September when Everton really did a job on Swansea.
"Everton looked much stronger and they stopped the Swans from playing at source. David Moyes had done his home work about how Swansea still try and get the ball out and play from the back and he made sure they couldn't really do it.
"He got his tactics spot on but since then Michael Laudrup has really emerged as a top coach who has settled quickly in the Premier League.
"They've come on a lot since that day. Attacking-wise Michu has been a massive part of it with 16 goals in 25 games which is brilliant."
South Wales Evening Post
Swans won't need motivating as they aim to make more history at Everton
Michael Laudrup admits he faces a challenge to continue motivating his team as Swansea City play a fixture every few days.
Yet the manager will say only a few words when Swansea return to Premier League duty at Everton tomorrow.
No more than that, he argues, should be required.
"I'm going to say to the players that we all remember the first half when we played Everton at home," Laudrup explains.
"We gave them two goals and we played very poorly.
"It was one of the worst halves of football we have played all season.
"I hope that mentioning that will be enough."
Swans' success not down to luck, says Graeme Le Saux
Former Chelsea and England defender Graeme Le Saux says Swansea City's success is no fluke.
Le Saux saw the Swans win 2-0 in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea on Wednesday.
"Swansea are, in some ways, punching above their weight," Le Saux told BBC Radio Wales.
"But they've done that through their principles and through professional approach rather than it just being a bit of a lucky season."
Michu is 'best of the best', says De Guzman
Jonathan de Guzman has backed Michu's claims as the best of the best in the Premier League, writes Chris Wathan.
And the Swansea City midfielder says the 16-goal star should be up there challenging Manchester United ace Robin van Persie and Liverpool star Luis Suarez as the player of the season.
Michu enhanced his already glowing reputation as the most lethal finisher around when he helped put Chelsea to the sword at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, the first-leg win in the Capital One Cup putting Swansea in touching distance of Wembley and a first major trophy in the club's 100 year history.
And while de Guzman insisted the defensive display of Michael Laudrup's men in West London deserves every bit of praise it is getting, the Dutchman says no-one can deny Michu's standing as the "sensation" of the Premier League.
The 25-year-old said: "Michu is great. He's calm, cool and collected in front of goal. "He's very calm and put us on the map. And he should be in the reckoning for the top awards.
"He's a great player and he's been doing well for us.
"Usually it takes time when you move from the Spanish league to British football to get used to everything, but he has settled in really well.
"He's been the sensation of the Premier League this season and the goals he has scored for us has been remarkable.
"And when you look at the other night, we didn't have many chances but he was there when it counted and took it with ease. It was a job well done by Michu and the team as a whole."
Tremmel wants contract extension
Gerhard Tremmel has admitted he would like talks on continuing his crazy life with Swansea City after going from stand-in to semi-final hero.
Reserve stopper Tremmel was handed the goalkeeping duties by manager Michael Laudrup for the first-leg win over Chelsea in midweek despite seeing fit-again Michel Vorm reclaim the Swans' No.1 shirt in the league.
Tremmel justified Laudrup's faith with key saves to deny Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz to help set-up the first-leg win sealed through goals from Michu and Danny Graham.
And, after being told Laudrup would be keen to see the 34-year-old extend his Liberty stay beyond his contract that expires this summer, Tremmel said: "I think we will have a few talks in the future.
"It's not about me, it must suit everyone so we'll see.
"But I love Swansea, I really do, from the first moment I came in and I am loving being part of nights like this.
"There is no way I thought this would happen at the start of the season and the record I've had this year is insane.
"I've started 15 games now and only lost two but gone and won at Arsenal away, Liverpool away, Chelsea away . . . it's just crazy.
"It compares to the club because they had never won at grounds like this before. It's a great time for me."