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Lamah Adds More Belgian Gold To EPL

Over the past few seasons it has become increasingly popular to trumpet the arrival of Spanish players in the English Premier League.

And while it is true that the influx of Spaniards into the EPL has coincided with the global domination of Spain’s ‘golden generation’, another nation is slowly making up the numbers in the English top-flight.

Belgium is also enjoying a generation of supremely talented players, many of whom now ply their trade in England.

25-year-old international winger Roland Lamah is the latest Belgian to swell the EPL’s Benelux ranks, joining Swansea on an 18-month loan deal from Osasuna.

If Swans boss Michael Laudrup sees something in Lamah, there must be something eye-catching about him indeed.

And Lamah says that it was another Belgian EPL star- Chelsea’s Eden Hazard- who convinced him to make the move to Swansea.

"I spoke to Hazard before making my decision. He said he thinks I will feel good here and I hope to play against him next week,” Lamah said.

"He said Swansea is a good club to come to and it's very complicated to play against them.

"The last game I watched them play was against Chelsea. A 2-0 win [for Swansea] is very good and it convinced me to sign.  

"It has always been an ambition of mine to play in the Premier League, every player wants to play here. It's a good league with good players and great fans."

Lamah is well aware of the impact his compatriots have been making in England, and he hopes to repay Swansea by bringing some of his Belgian generation’s gold dust to the EPL too.

"Hopefully I can follow the likes of [Tottenham's Moussa] Dembele, Hazard and [Manchester City skipper Vincent] Kompany by doing well in England. It's good that Belgian players are doing so well,” he said.

"I hope I can play very well here and get back into the national team and help Belgium to get to the World Cup. I haven't played for them for a few years so it's my objective." 

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