Rodgers: Vorm suits Swans style 'perfectly'
Published 09:31 12/08/11 By MirrorFootball
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has hailed the ability of new signing Michel Vorm with the Dutchman poised for a potential debut in the Premier League opener against Manchester City on Monday.
The 27-year-old Holland international completed his £1.5million move from FC Utrecht on Wednesday, penning a three-year deal at the Liberty Stadium.
And he has gone straight into the squad for the testing trip to Etihad Stadium, with Rodgers confident the new man is the ideal person to replace his compatriot Dorus de Vries, who left for Wolves on a free transfer earlier in the summer.
Rodgers said: "I had a terrific keeper last year in Dorus de Vries and I was obviously sad and very disappointed that he left, but life moves on and he went to Wolves and I am sure he will do a terrific job there.
"For us it was then the case of looking to get in the right type of goalkeeper. There were many good goalkeepers who could have been available but we needed one that was going to suit our style and Michel was one that was on our list.
"After looking at his style and his game I think his attributes suit us perfectly.
"He makes saves, which is important for a keeper. But for how we play, we like to build the game from behind, it is vital that the goalkeeper is comfortable with his feet.
"You will find nearly all Dutch goalkeepers understand and manage the game very well and he is a player that not only does that but he controls the game well from behind and will help us construct the game from the back."
Rodgers also paid his new signing the tribute of comparing him to current Barcelona stopper Victor Valdes.
"He is very quick and very agile so he is similar to Victor Valdes at Barcelona," Rodgers added. "He is not 6ft 4in or 6ft 5in, he is 6ft or 6ft 1in with great speed and agility and he is perfect for our style of football."
Vorm is Rodgers' sixth signing of the summer but the former Reading boss is not done yet and is keen to add a defender to his squad having already brought in Steven Caulker on loan from Tottenham.
And Rodgers confirmed he has spoken to Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray about the availability of his captain Matthew Bates.
Rodgers said: "It is an area we want to strengthen. It's different this year in the Premier League, once you name your squad that is you all the way through to January. So we have to make sure we have enough quality players and enough reinforcements in the squad.
"I spoke to Tony about Matthew on his availability and where he was at. He has had a horrendous period with injury but did exceptionally last season and I was looking at where he was at. There are a number of players we are looking at but I won't be in a rush."