Dobbie makes plea to Laudrup

Striker eager to impress new manager after being loaned out

Stephen Dobbie: Convinced he can perform in the Premier League

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Stephen Dobbie wants new Swansea boss Michael Laudrup to give him a chance to shine in the Premier League this season.

The striker played a big part in Swansea's rise out of the Championship under Brendan Rodgers, but was a peripheral figure in the Welsh side's first season in the top flight before being loaned to Blackpool.

The 29-year-old bagged six goals in 10 games for the Seasiders, and he now wants to prove to Laudrup that he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.

"Personally I didn't think I got a fair crack last season so I've come back, worked really hard in pre-season and I want to show the new manager what I can do," said the Scot.

Isolated

"The season we got promoted to the Premier League I thought I was given a fair crack and I showed the fans what I can do.

"Then I kind of got isolated last year. But I've come back fit and hungry to show the manager I deserve a part in this team."

Dobbie, on Rangers' books as a youngster, was recently linked with a move to Celtic, with Bristol City and Middlesbrough also said to be looking his way.

With a year left on his contract at the Liberty Stadium, Dobbie is keen to show Laudrup what he can do and remains convinced that he can have a role in the new manager's plans.

"I've seen a lot of speculation (about a transfer) in the papers but I've still got another year here at Swansea and when Brendan moved on my main objective was to come back and make sure I was ready for this pre-season, whoever the manager was that came in.

"It's all about showing I can play in this team and in this league because I really believe in myself that I can.

"The team was doing really well last season and he (Rodgers) played a number of players in my position so I'm not one to grumble, if the team is playing well fair enough.

"The whole point of playing football is to get to the highest league

''I did that with Swansea and I didn't think I got a fair crack last season, but this year I am making sure I am fit and ready to show I can play in this team."