Michu plus who? - Swansea City's five best players of the season

After 38 games played in the Premier League, 47 goals scored, 51 conceded, 11 games won, 13 drawn and 14 lost, Swansea City finish out this term with 46 points in 9th place.

Here are our top five...

1) Michu

Undoubtedly Swansea’s best player this season has been Michu who arrived at the Liberty Stadium from Rayo Vallecano last summer for just £2 million. He’s been one of the most effective and consistent players in the league and has been Michael Laudrup’s most dangerous threat going forward this term.

He’s featured in 35 league games, scored 18 goals and made 3 assists this term in fine form and fitness – his work rate is impeccable, his attitude exemplary and his quality undeniable and he deserves all the plaudits he receives for the Swans after a simply outstanding debut season.

2) Ashley Williams

Whilst Michu’s contribution is there in the numbers, Laudrup’s unsung hero has to be Ashley Williams who has been the backbone of this team all season long.

He’s played in all but one of the Swans’ league games and played an incredible 3330 minutes of football in the Premier League. He’s been part of what was, especially in the first half of the season, a remarkably efficient, tight-knit and organized Swansea defence.

The ambitious and expansive attacking play of the Swans would be rendered almost impossible were it not for the protection and stability the skipper brings to the backline.

3) Chico

Spanish defender Chico settled instantly after a cut-price summer move, showing Michael Laudrup's signing of Michu was no fluke success. For just £2 million the centre-back has surprised several who had not heard of him prior to joining.

He has played 32 games for the club, netting his only goal in a League Cup win against Liverpool on their way to lifting the trophy.

4) Jonathan de Guzman

It’s a tough call in the middle of the park between Jonathan de Guzman, Leon Britton and Sung-Yong Ki but I’m going for the former – the Dutch de Guzman, on loan from Villarreal has featured in 37 of 38 Premier League fixtures this term, scoring 5 goals and making 7 assists.

He’s been a real workhorse in the middle of the park for the Swans and really adds ammunition to the creative play behind Michu.

5) Wayne Routledge

Another great ammunition player is winger Wayne Routledge who made 36 appearances in the league this term, scoring 5 goals and making 7 assists.

He, De Guzman and Pablo Hernandez together have an assists tally that explains to an extent how Michu has netted so many goals – between them 22 assists and 13 goals from midfield which goes to show how much of a team game Swansea play.

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