Michu: The Premier League’s Signing of the Season
Michael Laudrup has enjoyed a fantastic start as Swansea City manager this season, with the Swans currently lying in eighth in the league. One player in particular has played his part for his team, a man who’s name on the back of his shirt sounds more like a Pokemon than one of this season’s most prolific goal scorers – Michu.
Michu, full name Miguel Perez Cuesta, has scored 12 goals in 16 Premier League games, after his £2.2 million transfer from Spanish club Rayo Vallecano and is undoubtedly one of the ‘bargain buys’ of the season.
At 6ft tall and with a sweet left foot, it took only eight minutes for Michu to make an impression on the league with a left footed strike from 25 yards out which QPR keeper Robert Green should really have dealt with. However, this was only a sign of things to come from the Spaniard, as he curled a fantastic left footed strike from the edge of the box past Robert Green again.
With a willingness to make runs that cut open defences, his interlinking play with the likes of Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge has seen him get on the end of great passes from the wide men which have led to attempts on goal which more often than not the big man converts.
As well as scoring goals, Michu has played prominent roles in moves that have led to goals for Swansea this season, whether it be flick-on’s or through balls. He is similar to Everton’s talismanic Fellani in that he is not shy of getting stuck into a challenge to win the ball back for his team, lay it off to a team mate, and then he sets of on his probing runs to get into a position in which to score. His height and aerial ability with headed goals against Reading and Newcastle this season is another of his impressive qualities alongside a knack of making intelligent runs despite a lack of out and out pace.
Arguably Michu’s most significant performance of his young Swansea career so far was his two late goals that beat Arsenal at the Emirates. The first involving a one-two with Nathan Dyer which led to Michu scything through the centre of Arsenal’s poor defence to calmly curl it past the Arsenal keeper.
The second of his late goals against the Gunners came from Carl Jenkinson being put under pressure by the tenacity of Nathan Dyer, and the ball falling to Michu just inside the Arsenal half, who traveled with the ball up toward Szczesny, showing great composure in a one-on-one situation, slowing down to pick his spot and then fire it past the keeper with his left foot. Composure of which a number of strikers wished they could display in similar situations.
Described as being ‘typically Spanish’ with regards to his excellent technique, Michu has attracted the attention of ‘so called’ ‘bigger’ clubs such as Liverpool and Atletico Madrid.Swansea manager Laudrup has been quick to state that he is not looking to sell his top scorer in the January transfer period. £30 million is the price tag that has been slapped on the 26 year old, and Vicente del Bosque, head coach of the Spanish national team is reportedly keeping an eye on the Swansea man with the possibility of an international call up.
It is certainly fair to say that Michu has made a fantastic start to the season in his first year in the Premier League and if he stays fit and keeps being supplied the crosses and passes he has been so far by his creative team mates, then there is no reason why he cannot be up there with the likes of Robin Van Persie, Luis Suarez or Demba Ba in the ‘Golden Boot’ stakes come the end of the season having led Swansea to a top half finish or even a Europa League spot.