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30 Dec 2012 23:47:14

Swansea's Graham hoping to make deadly strike partner with Michu

Danny Graham insisted he could forge a lethal partnership with Michu at Swansea in 2013 after proving the Spaniard's ideal understudy in their win at Fulham.

Graham celebrated his recall with his first Barclays Premier League goal for almost four months in the Swans' 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage.

"I don't think I can keep him out of the team - he's done that well!" Graham said. "I'd definitely like to get a few more games with him and play with him."

The club's top scorer last season started this term alongside summer signing Michu, who has been a revelation with 14 goals in his debut campaign in English football.

The pair initially seemed to hit it off, scoring five times between them in Swansea's first three league matches this term. But a run of one point from the next four games saw manager Michael Laudrup break up the partnership, with Graham the man to make way.

"He's come in as an attacking midfielder but done a job up front," Graham added. "If I get the chance to have a run in the team with Michu, I'm sure we could go on and score a lot of goals at the back end of the season.

"But, first and foremost, it's about the team. It's not about me not playing or how well Michu's done - it's down to the group of boys in there who just want to do their best for Swansea City Football Club."

Graham could have another chance to stake a claim in Tuesday's home game with Aston Villa, which could come too early for Michu.

After that, he will sit down with Laudrup and discuss his future, with the Swans boss hinting on Saturday he would not stand in the 27-year-old's way if he decided to leave. Graham welcomed the opportunity for a heart to heart but reiterated he had no intention of quitting if Laudrup wanted him to stay.

"I'm sure the gaffer will explain what he wants from us in January," he said. "I've always said I'm happy at the club, so if the gaffer wants me here and part of his plans, there won't be any reason to leave."


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