Pablo Hernandez may have to wait patiently for a starting chance at Swansea City
Last Updated: September 14, 2012 10:00am
Michael Laudrup has told new recruit Pablo Hernandez he will not walk straight into the Swansea City team following his arrival from Valencia.
The Swans completed a club-record deal to bring in the winger for £5.55million just before the transfer deadline, and he will be a key part of Laudrup's plans for the future after impressing in Spain over the past few years.
However, he will have to wait patiently for a starting chance as Laudrup does not think it would be fair to leave out Nathan Dyer or Wayne Routledge.
"Nathan and Wayne have started the season in great form. Now Pablo is here. We have three fantastic players for two positions and that is important," said Laudrup.
"Two will play and one will be on the bench. Pablo looks fit and sharp, but it was the same when Ki Sung-Yueng came in.
"It is not a question of whether they cost £1, £5 or £10m. You have to look at the overall picture. We are only in the beginning and everyone wants to play.
"But we need a squad for when we make some changes, either before or during a game, so the level stays the same."
Hernandez and Ki are set to be joined on the bench against Aston Villa by fellow new boy Dwight Tiendalli.
The left-back has been signed on a deal until the end of the season but Laudrup will give the nod to youngster Ben Davies this weekend.
The manager said: "Ben will play. He did great against Sunderland. But we needed a full-back because we need two players for each position.
"We looked at other options but the most important thing was to find a player who was match fit. Dwight fits the bill."