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Ulloa can be our Michu
Gus Poyet hopes new striker Leonardo Ulloa can become Albion’s answer to Michu.
Boss Poyet will have a close up view of Swansea ace Michu, pictured, against Arsenal tonight.
He will be at The Emirates to size up the Seagulls’ next FA Cup opponents, with the winners of the third round replay visiting The Amex on Saturday week.
Michu has been a revelation in the Premier League for Swansea since the Welshmen snapped him up from La Liga rookies Rayo Vallecano for £2 million in the summer.
Albion are paying a similar sum for Ulloa from Spanish Second Division club Almeria and Poyet would love the 26-year-old Argentinian target man to be a similar success in the Championship.
He said: “I hope so. I think he has got all the ingredients to be a proper striker for England, the size, heading ability, right or left foot.
“He scored plenty of goals for Almeria last year so everything is there. It’s up to us to use him in the right way.”
Ulloa now has the Spanish passport he needs to be eligible to play in England and is expected to complete his move to Albion today or tomorrow.
Poyet has no preference whether it is Michu’s Swansea or Arsenal that the Seagulls face in the fourth round. He is more concerned about winning the next two league games, at Birmingham on Saturday and at Blackburn three days later.
“I wanted the smallest team (in the draw) but they didn’t listen to me!” Poyet joked. “I am sure the fans would prefer Arsenal, because of what it means, but anyone who is coming is going to be difficult. They have got quality, they keep the ball well, they have got quality players up front.
“I hope maybe Swansea are going to be a little bit more tired, because they are playing another two games (Chelsea in League Cup). I would like to win the next two and then it doesn’t matter, the Cup. I want to relax, sit there and enjoy the game.”
Albion are advising supporters to book early to secure a seat for the FA Cup fourth round.
They have already sold about 21,000 tickets. The visitors will be entitled to 4,000, although Swansea are not expected to take their full allocation if they go through.