Transfer Window Watch: Swansea Sign Roland Lamah

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 7:47 pm by Phil Mc Grath

After the success of Swansea’s summer signing Michu from Ryao Vallecano, Michael Laudrup has once again turned to the Spanish league to bolster his squad during the January transfers window. The Swansea boss wasted little time in bringing the 25-year-old Belgian international midfielder Roland Lamah to the Liberty stadium on an 18-month loan from La Liga club Osasuna.

Having signed for the club on Tuesday Lamah was unavailable for Swansea’s third round replay against Arsenal on Wednesday, but will be available to play against  Stoke this Saturday if so required to do so. Lamah spent his time at Osasuna as a winger however it would seem that Laudrup has different ideas about where the Belgian international can play in the current Swansea line up.

Lamah signs an 18 month loan deal at the Liberty Stadium.

Laudrup told the Swans website:

“He is a player who is not a forward but who can play behind the striker in all three roles. He has a lot of individual quality, he is quite strong and has good quality one against one as well as a good shot.”

“He has not played that much this season..,but I think that he will have a chance here and I am looking forward to working with him. He is a player that can be very useful for us.”

In turn Swansea’s new signing was quick to voice his joy at the loan move:

“I’ve been very impressed with how well Swansea have done, so I can’t wait to get going and show what I can offer the manager and team.”

The left footed Lamah has not exactly set the world on fire over recent months with the La Liga side, registering only three goals and three assists in 45 games, but with 10 goals and 11 assists in his previous 92 games during his time in both Holland and France there is certainly proof that he has the potential to do damage in the premier league.

The addition of Lamah to the Swansea ranks does however pose the question of rotation in the Swans midfield and with Michu’s place undoubtedly nailed on it could lead to the likes of Pablo Hernandez, Wayne Routledge or Nathan Dyer dropping to the bench in favour of the new signing, which as we know can be a thing of nightmares for fantasy managers as they try and second guess a managers team selection.

For now it seems unlikely that the Belgian international will jump straight into the first team for this weekend’s visit but it is certainly a situation that fantasy managers will have to monitor closely as Lamah adapts to the Swansea way of playing football.
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