When a player arrives from abroad for a minimal fee and makes a significant impact then he is bound to turn a few heads. Swansea City’s inspired signing of Michu from Rayo Vallecano has lead to many plaudits, and rightly so as he has arguably been the signing of the season.

The Spaniard has had a terrific campaign so far, netting 13 league goals and helping the Swans to the Capital One Cup final, scoring in the first leg of the tie against Chelsea which saw them reach the showpiece event against giant killers Bradford City.

His form has lead to him being touted for his first senior call up to the Spanish squad as well as many rumours about other clubs expressing an interest in signing him. Michu however quashed these rumours by signing a contract extension at the Liberty stadium and in my opinion this could be a blessing in disguise for both himself and any of his supposed admirers who were looking to poach him.

The forward was quoted in the Guardian as saying, “I’ve read and listened to all the speculation, but it doesn’t interest me, and that’s why I’ve signed a new contract. I’m enjoying myself too much because the team always tries to play football. All I think about is the next game and helping Swansea to be successful. This is my life.”

He has had a very good first half to the season but that isn’t enough in my opinion to justify paying the double figure prices that were put on his head. It is easy to jump on the hype of a player, especially with the media playing its part, in the same fashion a player is criticised when they struggle for form.

It can’t be forgotten that before his prolific spell at La Liga side Rayo Vallecano, Michu endured a relatively uninspiring three years at Celta Vigo. He has also failed to impress enough to be capped by Spain at any level, and although there are many top players that will get overlooked by Spain due to the embarrassment of riches at their disposal, it is still an interesting point.

We have also seen it many times where a player has come into a new club and done excellently, earning himself a move to a bigger club where it just doesn’t quite work, and effectively damages their career. Gylfi Sigurdsson would be an excellent example for me, with him impressing at Swansea himself before landing a move to Tottenham in the summer. While it is far too early to consider him a failure at the North London club as he hasn’t had a long run of games yet and is still young, it shows the point that sometimes a player is better off staying put.

In my opinion Sigurdsson looked every bit as impressive in the half a season he played for the Welsh club last season as Michu has so far this campaign. The Icelandic playmaker netted seven times, while providing five assists in just under 17 games worth of football in the league. He has however struggled for starts at Tottenham where he would have planned to take over the creative reigns from the departed Luka Modric. Andy Carroll’s big money move to Liverpool is just another among many examples of the risks that judging a player too soon can carry.

There are several reasons for occurrences such as this, and sometimes it’s as simple as a club just being a perfect fit for a player or that after the initial element of surprise, teams work out how to deal with their threat. There is also the ‘big fish in a small pond’ theory that clubs need to be wary of. Without disrespecting Swansea who are a terrific club and have done excellently this season, producing the kind of form Michu has for them, for a team chasing Champions League qualification or major honours is a different ball game. Some players just strive off being the main man at a club.

I am certainly not dismissing Michu’s ability to step up and deliver for one of the top teams but I am just putting a cautious slant on what in my opinion is a slightly simplistic belief by some that he was good enough to move on from Swansea already. After all, who would have predicted Papiss Cisse’s drastic change of fortunes in a Newcastle shirt after the start he made following his January arrival last season? I don’t think many, including myself did.

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  • Dai
    1 year ago

    You have a bad case of Billie-Big-Bullocks Syndrome my friend, and need to use that ‘disrepect’ word more carefully. Michu will have as much success this season with the Swans as with at least some of the so called big clubs. At least two of the eight with the most swollen heads won’t do much, but the problem is to know which two. With so many wanting to take all our players (and several having been poached already), I wonder if it wouldn’t be cheaper for admirers just to buy a Swans shirt. We will have more seats next season.

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    • jack
      1 year ago

      have to agree Dai, this post is absolute b*llocks Michu has done excellent with Swansea and will continue to do so,look how well some of the BIG clubs are doing now/ All still in the cup competitions arnt they lol.

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      • Brian
        1 year ago

        Completely agree! Players have been signed for huge sums of money for playing a few games well. To get a player scoring so many goals in the Premier League, you’d be stupid not to pay attention. Teams who need that goal scoring regular up front like Man City at the moment would be stupid not to look at a potential bid….. Silly Article!

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  • swan girl
    1 year ago

    So true both jack and dai.

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  • samandjanet
    1 year ago

    Agree with the replies. The question needs to be asked is did the writer see the goals against Arsenal for example. They were class goals. Running half the length of the pitch and threading the ball through a very small gap and bending it round the keeper to get to it. How can teams work that out? Really don’t get the relavance of the article.
    When will these reporters ever say something either original or relevant or stop saying ” no disrepect to this one or that one ” which is in itself condescending, patronising and disrespectful. Any club that can take on the billionaire clubs on a comparative shoestring are the ones to admired. The honest way would be to say no disrespect to Chelsea,etc but they have had billions thrown at them and still can’t get it right.

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  • Asim Farooqui
    1 year ago

    Are you lot feeling ok? Can’t understand why you have taken such offence. All I am saying is it’s a bit soon to be saying he is too good for Swansea. Can’t judge a player off half a season. What makes you so certain he would succeed at a bigger club may I ask? Also I never said anything about Swansea having less success than the top clubs. He would be under more pressure at a top 4 team though whether you like it or not. “samandjanet” did you see Papiss Cisse’s goal against Chelsea last season or some of Sigurdssons strikes? What’s happened to them this season? Never even dismissed Michu’s ability, think you are all getting a little over sensitive.

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  • Jack Russell
    1 year ago

    Agreed with all.
    I am getting fed up with all these amateur sports journalists putting pen to paper and belittling us.
    Did you read the one a couple of days back that said “Williams wasn’t fit enough to lace Agger and Skittles boots”. Another pile of shite!
    Dai, I love your term “Swollen Heads”.
    Liverpool are the one that really piss me off, had a great chuckle watching the faces of Rodgers, Pascoe, and Judas Joe at the end of their match with Oldham. Liverpool fans, still living in the 70s and 80s, but only a small step away from becoming tomorrow’s Nottingham Forest.

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  • Ray
    1 year ago

    They talk about individual Players, outstanding Managers. BS! The Swansea machine has been a decade in the building. That building is in the style of play and the mindsets of all those at Swansea City. It is a ‘TEAM’ from the Boardroom to the field and out to the Terraces, a ‘TEAM’. Something the ‘Business first’ minded owners of the so-called major Clubs (with major debts) fail to understand. You can’t buy heart and that’s something the Swans and all those connected to the Club have.

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  • Brian
    1 year ago

    Asif

    To be a respected journalist you have to be unbiased and be able to accept criticism. People keep banging on about us being a small club & players being too god for us is just condesending & boring now tbh but we have to accept it and move on

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  • Brian
    1 year ago

    sorry asim

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    • Asim Farooqui
      1 year ago

      Hi, I respect the calmer approach in the response you gave. In this article I am saying that he isn’t too good for you though, that’s the thing. I am also saying I am not sure whether he is good enough for a top team after a good half a season. I accept the criticism but don’t understand some of it here. He has been tipped for moves to other clubs, I am simply stating I am not sure if he would produce the same form if that was to happen in the future. The title of the article is posing the question which I then explore in the article. I get the impression people aren’t actually reading it properly. If the offence caused is by the fact I have stated there are bigger teams around than Swansea then I can only apologise, but that is the harsh truth of it. Fair enough if fans don’t like reading it about their own club, but it isn’t a reason to dismiss an article.

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  • Jim
    1 year ago

    It’s just a poorly written article. You mention Cisse and suggest that he wasn’t quite as good as we all thought. What you don’t say, maybe because you don’t know, is that the main reason he started to score less goals was that his position changed from playing as the main striker infront of Ba to playing Ba in front of him. i.e. Ba and Cisse switched positions. Not because Cisse suddenly became a worse player. Please give us some insight and reasoning if you wish to write a worthy article, otherwise we’ll continue to have the same old tripe churned out day after day after day….

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    • Asim Farooqui
      1 year ago

      Was waiting for someone to say something about Cisse as I am aware he changed positions and I take that point from you, I should have left that example out. I can’t see what’s wrong with the rest of the article/examples though. Your point is a good 1 though, thanks.

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