Date:Friday August 3 2012
Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has stated that the club have changed their transfer philosophy, and will now look to sign proven top flight experienced players.
The Swans have often targeted young hopefuls with very little experience - Darnel Situ, Curtis Obeng, Neil Taylor and Rory Donnelly to name a few, as they look for bargains, while other clubs spend millions in the hope of gaining success in the Premier League.
Whilst the club will not spend silly money on targets, they have now begun bringing in individuals who have proven themselves at the top level - whichever country that may be in. Laudrup's three Summer signings - Michu, Chico and de Guzman have all played in top divisions in Europe.
Chairman Huw Jenkins says doing it this way removes the 'risk factor' from spending money on players that may not develop into Premier League-quality.
"Our aim has been to bring in players who are relatively experienced, who are the right age and can come straight in and contribute,"
"Where possible we are going to bring in players who are playing a very good standard of football already.
"We are looking at taking some of the risk factor out as far as knowing whether these boys can compete at this level or not."
Jenkins also says they've signed and are looking to sign players who are looking to prove themselves in the Premier League.
"When you look at the players we are bringing in, the hunger and room to grow is there,"
"The challenge is there for them because they have not played in the Premier League before and they have not played for one of the bigger clubs in the division.
"Their challenge is to come in and try to secure a first-team spot to begin with and then see if they can make an impact in the Premier League."
The change in transfer policy is supported by both the board and the manager Michael Laudrup, as Jenkins also told the Evening Post:
"I think there`s a view not only from Michael but from the club as well that we cannot always look long term with our signings.
"We have to make sure we are strong enough year on year, and we are working hard to make sure we have a strong enough squad this year.
"We have got a few players in already. There are a couple more to come and I think it`s imperative that all of them can add something from day one."
Date:Friday August 3 2012
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