Selling Danny Draham to Sunderland was the right decision, says Swansea boss

Danny Graham in action during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Arsenal at the Stadium of Light
Danny Graham in action during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Arsenal at the Stadium of Light
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SWANSEA boss Michael Laudrup has said selling Danny Graham to Sunderland was the right decision.

Laudrup admits he took a risk allowing the striker to join Sunderland for £5million, leaving Swansea vulnerable with a sizable void in the side’s attack.

But although his side may be a few players short at the moment, Laudrup believes he was right to offload Graham.

“People talked a lot when we sold Danny Graham and we didn’t bring in anyone,” he told Welsh journalists.

“We wanted to bring in someone on loan but it was not possible. So I could have kept Danny here, but he would have been unhappy because he really wanted to go.

“The club got a lot of money for him which we can spend now in the summer on a permanent deal for someone else.

“More than a mistake, I think it was a risk. It was a risk if Michu had got injured for a month and a half at the same time.

“But it didn’t and things went well.”

Swansea went on to win the Capital One Cup and secure a ninth-placed finish in the Premier League after Graham’s departure.

Meanwhile Graham is still searching for his first goal for Sunderland having made 13 appearances for the Black Cats.

“He’s happy where he is right now, the club got a lot of money which they can spend and we survived in terms of goals,” said Laudrup.

“When the offer came in I spoke to Danny and he said ‘I really want to go’. He wanted to go back where he is from and he was not playing regularly here.

“If I had gone safe just for the rest of this season and I kept him, we could have used him. But I had a player who was not playing regularly and who really wanted to go.

“If he stayed here he would not have had the possibility to go there after, not other clubs — he wanted to go there.

“So I think it would have been a mistake to keep him here.

“I admit then it was a risk not to bring anyone in. We had one or two targets but at the last moment it wasn’t possible.

“One was a player who already plays in the Premier League and the other was a player from a club in Spain.

“But for one reason or another they couldn’t come, only if we bought them for quite a lot of money and I didn’t want to do that because I wanted to bring in other players in the summer.”