Swansea City ace Alejandro Pozuelo can emulate Liverpool's Philippe Countinho - that's according to Swans chief Michael Laudrup.

Pozuelo, a 22-year-old attacking midfielder, arrived at the Liberty Stadium on a three-year contract this summer from La Liga outfit, Real Betis.

At just £500,000 - a whopping £8m less than samba star Coutinho - Pozuelo represents great value for money, assuming he reaches the heights that Laudrup expects.

The Swans' Danish boss says there are clear similarities between the two players, and has urged Pozuelo to try and achieve the same impact.

"I think Alejandro can do here what Coutinho has done at Liverpool," Laudrup 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."

Pozuelo is yet to start a Premier League game for Swansea since moving to South Wales, making just five substitute appearances.

But he has been an integral part of Swansea's Europa League success to date, playing 90 minutes in the 3-0 win at Valencia which kicked off their Group A fixtures.

Speaking about the famous victory, Pozuelo said: "It was a dream start in the group stage for us," said Pozuelo.

"A victory like that over a team like Valencia gives you motivation for the next games.

"I was lucky to play 90 minutes and it was special, particularly as it was on Spanish TV."

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