Today's media round-up
14th January 2013
Vicente Del Bosque was in attendance to watch the Swans gain a hard-earned point at Everton on Sunday. The Swans put in a battling performance that showed they have resilience to go along with style.
Despite del Bosque being there primarily to watch Michu in action, the good form of defender Chico Flores could also have attracted his attention.
Meanwhile, Angel Rangel says that the mere presence of Spain's World Cup-winning manager was an indication of how far Swansea have progressed in recent years.
Swans prove they have steel as well as style
Everton and manager David Moyes might well have wondered what had happened to the Swansea side that look so ramshackle in defence when they blew away their Liberty hosts earlier this season.
But since then Williams and Chico have flourished as a two, the latter answering deserving questions of his reliability and temperament.
There were moments of classy defending from them both as the interceptions piled up, the constant calmness on the ball wowed, and the diving headers found their targets while Marouane Fellaini found only frustration.
It would be fair to say Everton have bullied Swansea since their reintroduction to the top flight with Fellaini the tormentor in chief. Furthermore, the Toffees game of hard working and high pressing seemed to stop Swansea being able to play their A game.
With a Plan B now in the Swans' away-day armoury, Everton received a taste of their own medicine as the visitors looked to negate host strengths first and foremost.
South Wales Evening Post
Swans' journey is spreading the word to the top of the sport
When Angel Rangel made his Swansea City debut in a League One defeat at Oldham in 2007, the idea of being watched by the manager of Spain would have seemed as remote as the prospect of the Swans winning at Chelsea.
Vicente del Bosque, Spain's World Cup and European Championship-winning coach, was at Goodison Park on Saturday to watch Swansea's 0-0 draw with Everton.
Regardless of the game's standing as a spectacle, however, Rangel believes del Bosque's mere presence was an indication of the progress Swansea have made in recent years.
"It is crazy but shows you Swansea is known everywhere. It's an amazing thing, just the fact he was here," he said.
Make it so! de Guzman calls for Swans to seal deal on £2m Roland Lamah
Jonathan de Guzman is backing Roland Lamah to become Swansea's latest smash hit signing after the Belgian international was linked with a move to the Liberty.
Swansea midfielder de Guzman said: "Roland's a strong player. I remember playing against him in Holland. I was playing for Feyenoord and he was playing for Roda JC.
"He scores goals, he has a good shot and he's fast. If he came here, I think he'd fit in with the players here who like to play football."