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Laudrup hunting goalscorers

Michael Laudrup will look to sign a goalscorer in the January transfer window after watching Swansea City's toothless performance at Chelsea.

Last Updated: 27/12/13 at 09:02 Post Comment

The Dane was without Michu at Stamford Bridge after the star forward was ruled out for six weeks due to ankle surgery while goalkeeper Michel Vorm and midfielder Nathan Dyer are also long-term absentees.

To make matters worse for Laudrup, whose side have now won just twice in 14 games in all competitions, record signing striker Wilfried Bony is only just working his way back to full fitness and could only come on as a second-half substitute at Chelsea.

And Laudrup told Sky Sports after the final whistle: "I think we are a little short now, because we are talking about the injuries. It is not just two weeks, we are talking several weeks.

"A part of that is just very small injuries. If you have two or three injuries, you can always cope. As long as you have 18 or 19 players, it is enough.

"But at the moment we have a couple of important injuries for a longer time and that is why maybe we have to do something in January.

"But one thing is to want to do something and another thing is to find the right ones, because a lot of teams are looking, especially for players who can score goals, in the transfer window."

Eden Hazard's first-half goal gave Chelsea the points on Boxing Day as Swansea managed only one shot on target in the entire game at Stamford Bridge.

But Laudrup was still encouraged by the performance of his team ahead of a crucial game at fellow strugglers Aston Villa which comes as soon as Saturday.

"It was important for me to see that we stayed in the game against a team like this [Chelsea] until the last second, believing we could get something," said Laudrup.

"Again, we did not [get something] but we have to bring these positive things along to the next game."

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ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

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was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

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