Miguel Pérez Cuesta, 'Michu' played for Real Oviedo, Celta Vigo and Rayo Vallecano in Spain before moving to Wales last summer. It was with Rayo Vallecano that Michu made his first appearance in La Liga, and that season was to transform the attacking midfielder's career.
Considering that first appearance came in the 2011/2012 season it is remarkable how far he has come in such a short space of time. In that season he went on to score 15 league goals, including four braces with one coming against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Despite being the highest scoring midfielder in Spain that year, Swansea were able to sign Michu for just £2 million.
Things could have been a lot different had loanee Gylfi Sigurdsson signed permanently having impressed in Swansea's debut campaign in the Premier League, however, he was to join Tottenham Hotspur instead, and new manager Michael Laudrup went to Spain as he has done with many of his transfers, to secure Sigurdsson's replacement.
Michu was relatively unknown to most in Britain but by scoring two goals on his debut against Queens Park Rangers, he certainly announced himself on the big Premier League stage. He never looked back from that moment going on to score 22 goals in all competitions for the Swans and sweeping up at the club's player of the year awards.
The 27-year-old signed a new four-year contract in January and with the club going well in the Europa League it seems he is settled and would require a substantial offer to prise him away from the Liberty Stadium.
Michu received his first call-up to the Spain squad for the forthcoming matches this week. Vicente Del Bosque has an abundance of talent to choose from, a situation most national managers would be envious of, but given the Swansea player's form it is a call-up which is certainly deserved.
It remains to be seen how Del Bosque will incorporate Michu, but with David Villa injured, and Fernando Llorente and Fernando Torres under-performing it is a big opportunity for him to showcase his talent on the international game.
Following the call-up,Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has said that he regards Michu's valuation in the £30m bracket now and the price-tagging will be well-noted at known admirers Arsenal.
Following transfers and market valuations in recent years it is hard to disagree. Michu offers so much, his hold up play is brilliant, he is strong, has a bit of pace, and a great finishing ability. With Gareth Bale's valuation being a comparison, £30 million doesn't seem out of place.
Michu's career looks set to continue to blossom and Swansea will continue to benefit from it.
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