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Monk: Oliveira will suit Swans


Portugal striker Nelson Oliveira is joining Swansea on loan until the end of the season from Benfica

Portugal striker Nelson Oliveira is joining Swansea on loan until the end of the season from Benfica

Portugal striker Nelson Oliveira is joining Swansea on loan until the end of the season from Benfica

Swansea manager Garry Monk believes Nelson Oliveira will suit the club's style of play after handing the Portugal striker the chance to spark his career.

The 14-times capped Oliveira played for Portugal at Euro 2012 but he has made only one appearance for Benfica this term and after loan spells at Deportivo La Coruna in Spain and French club Rennes in the last two years he will join Swansea on January 1 until the end of the season.

Yet only two years ago the 23-year-old Oliveira was being linked with a £24million move to Manchester United while Chelsea and Manchester City both reportedly made repeated checks on a player who has represented his country at every age grade from Under-16s to senior level.

"A few years ago he was up and coming and linked with some big clubs, but for whatever reasons things did not quite pan out," Monk said.

"He's had quite a few changes of manager - sometimes your face fits and sometimes it doesn't - and maybe managers so far have not drawn things out of him.

"This could be the chance to show what he's got and prove a point to himself and to us.

"Technically and physically he's a very good player and one I feel will suit us, but he's going to have to come in and earn it.

"He needs to get his head down and get up to speed in training, but I know he's looking forward to trying to test himself in this league."

Monk had been keen to add firepower to his squad with Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony away in January and the start of February at the African Cup of Nations and possibly missing as many as six Swansea games.

Bony's absence would have left Bafetimbi Gomis as the only senior striker in the Swansea squad during that new year period but for the recruitment of Oliveira who, Monk confirmed, could sign on a more permanent basis next summer.

Monk also again stressed that Gomis, whose start in the 1-0 win at Hull on Saturday was only his third since his summer move from Lyon, will not be leaving in the January transfer window amid reported interest from Crystal Palace and Newcastle.

"When Bony goes, Bafe will be given the chance and it's his shirt to lose," Monk said.

"Then it's up to Nelson to earn his chance, not just for now but for the future too.

"It's a good chance for him to prove himself and who knows then what will happen in the future.

"If things go well here it's something we will look at, but I'm not looking that far ahead as right now it's about him earning the right to be involved with this squad."

Eighth-placed Swansea welcome Aston Villa to the Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day for their only home fixture of the festive period, with Liverpool and QPR to follow.

But Monk insists it will be business as usual with the players training on Christmas Day before returning home to their families.

"It's not too much of a problem but is nice to be at home," Monk said.

"We will train in the morning but they are used to that. It's part of the job but the players are educated about nutrition and will stick to their diets.

"They will enjoy it with their families, but they know they have a big game the next day. They are adults and you trust them to do the right things.

"We have to approach it like a normal game even though it is this time of the year. It's a very important game for us, we have stressed that to the players and they have to be ready."

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