Laudrup: Unhappy Swansea players must take a leaf from Torres' book

The Dane has called on the unsatisfied contingent of his squad to become team players, like the Spaniard, and end their run of five Premier League games without a victory
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has used Chelsea striker Fernando Torres as the perfect example to any of his unhappy players as his side look for their first win in four games.

The Danish boss has been under fire since reports emerged that members of his squad were not happy with his coaching methods, but in order for them to be a united squad he thinks they have to take a leaf out of the Spaniard's book.

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The Swans got off to a fine start to the season, demolishing QPR 5-0 on the opening day, but have failed to win in their last five league games, and required a last-gasp goal to beat Crawley Town in the League Cup.

"Torres talked about when he was a young player in Spain and he saw players who were not playing and they didn't care about the results of the team," Laudrup told The South Wales Evening Post.

"He said he would never be like that. But then he said that one day, I think when he was at Chelsea, he did get to that point.

"Then he said, 'I don't want to do that, I want to be part of the team'. To me that is very important.

"Players who are not playing are never happy. If you are not in the XI, you are not happy.

"If you are not even in the 18, you are definitely not happy. That's something we have to accept in football but we all have to remember to be a squad.

"If we are not a squad, it does not work."