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Michu reveals delight at return to deeper role for Swansea City

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 19, 2012


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MICHU admitted he revelled at being restored to his preferred position at Newcastle on Saturday.

Swansea City's Spanish top scorer had been leading the line in recent weeks after Michael Laudrup tinkered with his side's formation.

But with Ki Sung-Yueng nursing a hamstring injury picked up at Southampton, Michu was pushed further back to a position behind the striker.

The £2 million signing from Rayo Vallecano began in between midfield and frontman Itay Shechter and admitted he enjoyed his return to that role.

"It is good for me, I'm very happy when I play behind the striker," said the 26-year-old.

"I think I find more space and we can score more goals.

"I am getting better and better each game.

"If we can play like we did on Saturday we can go up the league."

Michu opened the scoring for Swansea when he headed Pablo Hernandez's cross past Tim Krul and into the corner of the net.

That took his Premier League tally to seven this season, while he has scored eight in all competitions.

Only Luis Suarez, Demba Ba and Robin van Persie have managed more top-flight goals so far, and Michu reckons he can climb even higher up the charts.

The former Celta Vigo player had other openings before and after he found the net last weekend.

"I had three chances and I only scored one — I am not happy with this," said Michu.

"I had one on my right foot and I'm not happy — I need to work on that.

"I could have had a hat-trick. I will always try to score goals."

Michu struck 15 times for Real Vallecano last season, making him the highest scoring midfielder in La Liga.

And he immediately continued that hot steak with Swansea, netting twice on his Premier League debut at Queens Park Rangers in August.

The Oviedo-born player now aims to add to his total when Brendan Rodgers returns to the Liberty with Liverpool on Sunday.

Swansea have already beaten the Merseyside club this season, winning 3-1 at Anfield to knock them out of the Capital One Cup.

Saturday's triumph over the Magpies represented another victory at one of English football's iconic venues.

But Michu has warned his team-mates not to get complacent and insists Swansea cannot afford to take things for granted because, if they stop working, results will suffer.

"I think we played quite well at Newcastle and our victory is very important," he added. "We really needed to win.

"Newcastle won the last game and that made things very difficult.

"We can win against big teams in big stadiums but we can lose too. We have to keep on working hard."

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  • brochadav  |  November 21 2012, 1:36PM

    I think Micu is an upgrade on Siggy, I think he is better for us. I prefer him in the "hole" as he poses a greater threat there.

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  • KP287  |  November 20 2012, 8:05PM

    A more than adequate replacement for Siggurdsson, onwards and upwards we will only get better. One key issue for the Liverpool visit and that is Suarez. The officials must watch out for the cheating, diving and dirty play, from a talented footballer. I think AW should give him some of his own medicine and the first tackle should be a dead leg, see how Suarez likes it.

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  • morton1947  |  November 20 2012, 1:02PM

    What an absolute steal at £2m when you compare his with some of the so called super strikers in the Premiership. He is best in this deeper role as he is so hard to pick up and can "ghost" in when defenders least expect him to. His finishing skills are first class as is his reading of the game. If we can get a class stirker to wrk with hm in the January Window I feel we will really start to go places with very little money having been outlaid. The difference we have over the other teams is that we have crafted a team that gels and not a bunch of highly paid individuals. So well done Swansea and long may you prosper.

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  • welsh_auusie  |  November 20 2012, 11:43AM

    This guy is class he is playing fantastic football and i love watching him score good or great goals,this team is the best i have seen Swansea play ever and i started watching in 1970 and now watch every week live on T V in Australia and give all those poms{english} the ****s in the pub /club on Sundays i love it cheers A B

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