Welsh international David Vaughan insists that he wants Swansea to have a successful Premier League season – but only after Sunderland hopefully get three points at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow.
The Black Cats midfielder, who shone in Tuesday’s Carling Cup tie against Brighton before fading in the second half, is looking forward to returning to the land of his fathers tomorrow and is keeping his fingers crossed he will be involved in the action.
He has warned his team-mates, though, not to under-estimate the newly-promoted side which went up last season through the Championship play-offs.
“They will be a dangerous side,” said the 28-year-old, who has been named in the squad for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Montenegro and England.
“Everyone knows they are a good footballing team who have big threats going forward.
“It will be a big test going to the Liberty – it is a good atmosphere there and they like to play attractive football.
“It is nice to see a Welsh team in the Premier League.
“Cardiff have been knocking on the door for the last few years but have not managed it, so it is good for Welsh football that Swansea have got there.
“Hopefully they will do well – after Saturday anyway – surprise a few people and stay in the league.
“I know quite a few of their players.
“It will be nice to hopefully play against them before we meet up the next day for the Wales camp, I am sure there will be banter flying around.”
Team-mate Simon Mignolet also says Sunderland must be on their mettle tomorrow.
“Swansea will be looking to make an impact having come out of the Championship and in that sense it will be a difficult game,” said the goalkeeper.
“They will want to get a first win on the board and we know there are no easy games in this division.
“We will go again and see how we play against them.”