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Pleat: Swansea Would Flourish With Support Striker

Pleat: Swansea Would Flourish With Support Striker

TV pundit and former Spurs boss David Pleat believes that Swansea City need a support striker for Danny Graham.

Pleat said in his Guardian column that they need a second striker to play in behind Graham to give Swansea City a 'goal threat'.

Stephen Dobbie played as an attacking midfielder, just behind the main striker to great effect towards the end of last season, but he has barely featured at all this season.

Whether or not Rodgers feels that Dobbie is suitable for that role, or even if that role is suitable for the Premier League, we're still not sure, but Dobbie has been mainly an unused substitute so far since August.

'A Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Bergkamp, Rafael van der Vaart or Rooney-type is required both to link their clinical passing and provide a goal threat,'

'That may be the stuff of football fantasy, but it is that type of player who is needed at the top of their midfield trio if they are to maximise the splendid width and space that develops through the positioning of both Nathan Dyer and Scott Sinclair.

'Swansea will stick to their principles over what will be a tough season. But if Rodgers can find a natural second striker willing to drop short but also look to support Danny Graham more closely, they can flourish.'


Pleat watched the Swans narrowly lose to Manchester United at home on Saturday, and he has come to the conclusion that they need more firepower up front when the transfer window opens in January.

'Against Manchester United they flooded midfield with ball players and speedsters and, having initially appeared somewhat in awe of the visitors, imposed themselves more impressively in the second period,'

'Their team is easy on the eye and well equipped in so many areas, but they are lacking in one most notably — they need a way of offering Graham, their lone frontman, more support.'

Pleat argues that Swansea dropped too deep in the first half against United, allowing their more celebrated visitors to control the contest at that stage.

'Rodgers needed to bring some direction to his team's play and, by bringing on Joe Allen for Wayne Routledge, did give the team more drive,'

'Swansea do tend to play from side to side rather than appreciate a more forward ball when they get into advanced areas.

'That, of course, is largely due to the realisation that longer, lofted passes forward are more difficult with only Graham, a solitary target, up front.

'They did not boast the punch to threaten the power of Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic, and need further targets up top to give them more bite.'






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Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Tuesday November 22 2011
Time: 9:58PM

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