Four games played so far in the Barclay’s Premier League and the top scorer is, surprise surprise: Robin van Persie. But, hold the phones, RVP shares his top tally with Swansea City’s £2million man Michu.
The Spaniard has proved himself a remarkable capture for the Swans who signed him from La Liga’s Rayo Vallecano on a three-year contract this summer. Manager Michael Laudrup was quick to place his faith in his purchase:
“What would a player who scored 15 goals playing in the Premier League as an offensive midfielder cost?” he asked reporters, “I think it would be maybe double, treble or even four times what we paid for Michu.”
The player has begun to repay his manager’s faith in him, already notching up four goals this season. Michu has set his sights on breaking his way into the Spanish national team – no small feat when his competition consists on Fernando Torres, David Villa, Fernando Llorente, and the converted Cesc Fabregas.
But the player outlined his intentions: “My biggest dream is to one day put on the shirt of the national team,” he told the press,
“Millions of Spanish youngsters play football dreaming about that and very few people are lucky enough to get the chance to play football at the highest level and fewer still get the chance to play for Spain.”
The Spaniard demonstrating he is well aware of how tough his dream will be to achieve. Nonetheless he claims he is enjoying playing his football in England and attributed his success so far to his natural suitability to the English game.
“There’s a lot more space between the lines here than in Spain,” Michu told Spanish newspaper AS, “In Spain there’s a greater tactical dimension to the game and it’s harder to play in the No. 10 role.”
It remains to be seen whether Michu can realise his dream of playing for Spain. But one thing’s for sure – Swansea fans wont mind watching him have a go.
The Swans currently sit comfortably safe from the relegation zone in 5th place, having won two, drawn one, and lost only one of their four games so far. Many feared the worst for the Welsh side after losing their manager Brendan Rogers to Liverpool in the summer.
But Michu was quick to honour Michael Laudrup’s influence on the team’s performances:
“Playing for Michael Laudrup is an amazing experience. He was one of my idols when I was growing up. He always defends his players, he looks after them and he gets the best out of them.”
Laudrup’s side will have their work cut out for them as they host an in-form Everton this Saturday lunchtime, but if there is one man they can rely on, Michu is the player to help them spring a surprise.
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