. . . Belgian winger loving life at the Liberty
Roland Lamah has revealed every day is a lesson at the Swans under Michael Laudrup.
The Belgian winger has made five appearances since arriving on an 18-month loan from Spanish club Osasuna in January.
A player who Laudrup knows well from his time in La Liga, Lamah made his debut in the 3-1 home win over Stoke while his finest moment as a Swan came at Wembley when he replaced two-goal Nathan Dyer in the Capital One Cup Final.
His sole start came in the away defeat to Liverpool, but Lamah – who has five international caps – insists he has learned a lot already from his time at the Liberty working with the Great Dane.
“Michael Laudrup is a legend in the game, and it’s great to be able to work with him and learn from him every day,” said Lamah.
“The training here is exactly the same intensity as a game. That is really good for the players.
“I have learned a lot from my first two months here.
“And the squad really helped me settle here. Straight away I had a good feeling about Swansea.
“The players, the staff here – it is like a family. Everyone helps each other and are working in the same direction.
“It’s an exciting place to be.”
Excitement reached an all-time high at Wembley courtesy of the Capital One Cup win over Bradford.
And it was a day Lamah will never forget.
“That was magical,” he beamed. “To run onto the pitch and play at Wembley is an incredible feeling.
“All around the world Wembley is regarded as a special stadium and one all footballers want to be able to play at, and I’m delighted to have got the chance to do that.
“Seeing all the supporters, players and staff celebrating at the final whistle really showed what that win and this club means to everyone.”
Lamah now aims to stake a claim for more game-time in the remaining eight games of the season.
His appearance off the bench in his last run-out at West Brom culminated in a late goal being wrongly ruled out for offside – denying the Swans a point.
But he hopes gaining more Barclays Premier League minutes in the run-in will help him grow more into the manager’s plans for next season.
“The good thing about my loan is that I will be here next season,” said the 25-year-old. “I can use my time from this season to benefit me next season.
“Already I feel a stronger player, because I am understanding the Premier League a lot more – the pace, the physicality, the opposition.
“So I am looking forward to next season and also playing in the Europa League.
“But the main focus now is to finish this season strongly.
“Everyone is determined to keep up the good work and keep us in the top half of the table.”