Miguel Pérez Cuesta, otherwise known as Michu has taken the Premier League by storm. After joining from Rayo Vallecano in Spain for only £2 million, Michu has proved to be undoubtedly the best buy of the year.
His 13 goals in 20 games can only be beaten by Robin Van Persie and Luis Suarez. Now a fans favorite at Swansea, he looks like a sure bet to become one of the hot transfer targets for many top European clubs in the current and upcoming transfer windows. He has been around for a while however, he is 26 now and he has played for Real Oviedo, Celta Vigo, Rayo Vallecano, and of course Swansea City.
Michu was born in Oviedo and he began playing for his favorite club, Real Oviedo. There he played many years at youth level before being promoted to the first team in 2003. He made over 100 appearences in his time at Real Oviedo before moving to another Segunda B side, Celta Vigo. At Celta he began to mature and almost ended up in La Liga with Sporting De Gijón to replace Birmingham city bound Míchel but this fell through and Michu remained a Celta Vigo player. He was there for three years and then he moved on a free transfer to Rayo Vallecano and played his first season in La Liga.
In his first and only season at Rayo Vallecano, Michu proved to be an excellent signing. He scored no less than 17 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions. He finished as 9th top scorer in La Liga and as top midfield goal scorer. He earned huge credit for this and was beginning to attract interest from other European clubs. It was then that Swansea City came calling.
On 20 July 2012 Michu signed a three-year contract with Swansea City. He was brought in to replace Gylfi Sigurdsson, after he left to join Spurs. Signed as an attacking midfielder, Michu was given the number 9 shirt. Despite initially being bought to fill the gap between midfield and attack, Michu was moved into a more forward position and is now regularly being utilised as a striker. Michu scored twice on hiss debut and immediately people knew that this boy from Oviedo had real talent.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as we know has a real eye for talent and he recently admitted that he had heard of Michu before he signed for Swansea. “He was a guy who disappeared a little bit. He was in clubs where he was bombed out and so you always think OK, he doesn’t make it there, why should he make it here?’” How wrong was Arsene and i’m sure he and many other Premier League managers are kicking themselves that they didn’t have the foresight that Laudrup had.
Michu is obviously a really good find, especially at 2 million. Many are calling it the bargain of the century and he is being tipped for an international call-up soon. On 22 December 2012 Vincent Del Bosque said that Michu would be included in his Spain squad for a friendly against Uruguay on 6th February.
Real Oviedo seems to be an excellent breeding ground for Young talent and in the last year there have been three wonderful players in Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla and Michu who have all spent time at Real Oviedo. It seems that a close eye should be kept on Real Oviedo’s youth academy over the next few seasons.
knows that he will be extremely lucky if Michu isn’t poached by a bigger club, but Michu seems to be enjoying life with the Welsh club at the moment. There will undoubtedly be many suitors during this transfer window but for now at least Michu is a Swansea City player and his goals look like assuring Premier League status earlier than expected.