Laudrup: Pozuelo can be Swansea's Coutinho

The Danish boss believes the summer signing from Real Betis can match the impact Liverpool's Brazilian playmaker has had since moving to Anfield from Inter in January
Michael Laudrup believes summer signing Alejandro Pozuelo can have the same impact at Swansea as Liverpool playmaker Coutinho has had at Anfield.

The Spaniard, signed from Real Betis, has already notched twice for the Welsh outfit in the Europa League, and his Danish boss is backing the 22-year-old to play an important role at the Liberty Stadium.

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"I think Alejandro can do here what Coutinho has done at Liverpool," the Swansea manager told the South Wales Evening Post.

"I remember when Coutinho arrived. He came from Inter and he had a lot to learn, but now he is one of the most important players at Liverpool. With time, Pozuelo can do the same here because he has the same ability with the ball.

"He can find space, he is good one-on-one and has two good feet — we don't know if he is right-footed or left-footed. He also has very good vision.

"He's a player that you can see is still young, but he has so much quality with two feet. We have to bring him forward and that's what we will do. He still has to learn a lot of things, but he is getting better and better when we don't have the ball.

"He's not that tall, but he's quite strong. He needs to learn to use his body better. But with a player like that who is only 22, we have to bring him forward slowly. Then he will be another very important player for us."