Football - Laudrup surprised by Michu omission

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup felt striker Michu should have been short-listed for the Professional Footballers' Association's Player of the Year Award.

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His side may have drawn a blank in the goalless draw with Southampton but there has been no disputing the impact made by top scorer Michu this season.

The Spaniard has scored 21 goals during a sensational debut season in British football but he was not among the nominees for the PFA Player of the Year Award.

Laudrup believes his man had done enough to earn a place on the shortlist.

He said: "Every manager wants their player to be nominated. He has done enough to be up there, to score more than 20 goals in a mid-table team in his first season is fantastic, that's my opinion."

Laudrup also welcomed the return of Neil Taylor to his matchday squad.

The left-back was an unused substitute as he appeared on the teamsheet for the first time since breaking his ankle in September.

Laudrup said: "It is great for him. I thought it would be a good game for him and if it had gone differently he could have come on, but I did not think it was right to bring him on there with the game as it was. But it is great for him."

Swansea are all-but guaranteed another season in the top flight but their campaign is tailing off as they equalled their previous longest winless run in the Premier League of five games.

But Laudrup was keen to focus on the positives and added: "I think we should have won but when you don't you have to accept a draw and look on the positive side. We had conceded two goals in each of our last four games and we have now kept a clean sheet."

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