Michu to Liverpool? The Positives and Negatives

Swansea Fans

Fresh reports suggest Liverpool are lining up Swansea City striker Michu if their bid for Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea fails. What are the positives and negatives?

Michu has been one of the bargains of the season. Swansea signed him from Rayo Vallecano over the summer for the princely sum of just £2 million. He has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and if Liverpool want to sign him they will have to fork out £30 million.

This is one of the negatives as far as Liverpool are concerned because the owners are unlikely to break their current financial structure to sign a single player. The emphasis at Liverpool is breaking even which suggests the days of signing Andy Carroll for £35 million have long gone.

One of the positives would be the stats which no one can argue against. Michu has started all Premier League matches for Swansea City this season and he is one of the highest scorers with a current tally of 12 goals and one assist. He has been extremely effective leading the Swansea attack on his own.

This is another negative for Liverpool. They would bring him in to play alongside Luis Suarez in attack. Simply playing Michu alongside another striker could weaken his performances because he has been effective in a very strict and unique Swansea system.

He relies on getting the ball quickly I attacks where he can offload the ball and then make a different or decisive run which turns out to be the factor that pulls apart the opposition defence. This is something Suarez does well meaning Michu would be up front playing on the shoulder of the defence where he is arguably less effective.

However, one of the positives could be Liverpool getting what they pay for. Michu does not have a long career of Premier League history but he has stats this season which show he is effective in this league. Sturridge is rated at half the price but has taken all of last season and all of this season so far to score the same number of goals as the Spaniard.

Although his striking role would be different at Liverpool, he is well suited to the general way that Brendan Rodgers has got Liverpool playing football. He is used to having the ball at his feet and passing to feet and into space. This guarantees that the only changes he would have to make to his game would be the subtle changes in the way he plays as a striker.

He would be a great signing for Liverpool but the price is something which is likely to stop the move from happening.

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