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Swansea City's Michu 'good enough for top four'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

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ANGEL Rangel believes Michu is good enough to star for a Premier League heavyweight — but insists his countryman is happy at Swansea City.

The £2 million bargain buy from Rayo Vallecano further enhanced his growing reputation with a stunning late brace as Swansea beat Arsenal last Saturday.

He showed ice-cool composure to twice slot past Wojciech Szczesny and take his goals tally this season to 11 in all competitions.

The 26-year-old is the joint leading scorer in the Premier League, with some suggesting he may be in line for a call-up from Spain.

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"I think he could play for a top-four team, it's probably a bit crazy of me to say it but I think he has proved himself in the first 15 games of the season," said Rangel.

"Scoring ten goals in 15 league games is not easy, so let's hope we can keep hold of him.

"He is really happy here and maybe the club will have to give him a new contract, but that's not for me to say.

"He is surrounded by nice people. There are lots of Spaniards here who he gets on very well with and he loves it at Swansea."

Michu has been a revelation since Michael Laudrup plucked him from La Liga in the summer.

The versatile forward scored two goals against Queens Park Rangers on his Swansea debut and has continued to find the net on a regular basis.

"You can't really say any more about Michu. The most important thing is that he is scoring goals and enjoying himself," said Rangel. "It's not only goals, the way he plays is excellent and he links up with the other players on the pitch.

"He is a reference point for us and he scores, but we also have the more direct ball to him that we probably have not had before.

"He is bringing a lot of things to the team. I don't think he has a roof now, he is doing so well I think he can get better and score so many this season.

"But you cannot just single out one player because the whole team are doing well." Swansea's Emirates victory saw them leapfrog the Gunners to move seventh in the Premier League.

They are now just three points off a Champions League place ahead of this weekend's home clash with Norwich.

"The most important thing was the result, Arsenal had their moments where they kept possession but I think we always felt comfortable," added Rangel.

"We were very organised, stayed solid and we didn't let them create too many chances.

"At the other end we were fantastic, we created so many chances and we were pleased to get the two goals at the end.

"It was a very open game, but I thought tactically we were fantastic and it was great to keep the momentum going. We're all buzzing."

Swansea's triumph in North London came without two of their in-form players.

Wayne Routledge and Pablo Hernandez were both forced to miss the match as they joined an injury list that also included Michel Vorm, Neil Taylor and Danny Graham.

"Our success is not down to individual players, we have an excellent squad now and we have players who can come into the team and do well," said Rangel.

"Of course, we would like to have as many players fit as possible, but when someone gets injured and another comes into the team, they are doing as well or even better.

"I think Arsenal was our best win in the Premier League. The Newcastle win felt great but Saturday was twice as good at least.

"It's a little scary that we have seen we can win and be so comfortable.

"We are in a good moment but we have to try to stay grounded."

Stephen Ware

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  • hacker_jack  |  December 05 2012, 9:35AM

    slagheap, considering the current proposal to expand to 31,000 it's really not that far fetched.

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  • DanEGraig  |  December 04 2012, 8:38PM

    Tues 8.15 pm - ITV comment just now regardng the champions league match at half time ... Thank God Arsenal are not playing Swansea because it would have been a cricket score by now.

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  • slagheap  |  December 04 2012, 7:48PM

    Lynbaz I am sorry but the Swans will never be playing in front of 35,000 at home well not at the Liberty anyway.

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  • hacker_jack  |  December 04 2012, 4:26PM

    look at the "quality" players who've gone from here in the last ten years in search of the holly grail only to be proved pretty ordinary ------------- To be fair most of those players went to try and compete in higher leagues (Scotland, Gomez, Trundle etc.) and in all cases were better than we were as a club at that point in time. That they didn't set the world on fire (though Gomez is doing very well now) doesn't change that. We are not a big club and it will take time and a lot of hard work for us to become one. We need 30,000+ crowds on average, top class facilities and a coaching network far in excess of what we currently have to reach that level as a club. Until then you will always get players moving on. That's the reality of Joe Allen's move, we likely won't be able to match Liverpool for infrastructure during his playing career and no matter how bad they get they always have the chance to get back in the game quickly with backing like that. We will get there, I believe, but it will take time. Hadoken, he is already among the top earners (or at least was before Hernandez came in)

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  • Hadoken757575  |  December 04 2012, 3:31PM

    I dont know if the 2.2m deal reflects in his salary, but like Rangel says, he is going to need a new contract to at least bring him in line with the other top earners here and give us protection, but dont forget, there are other people on the pitch setting him up for these goals, Dyer got him the second and moore got him the first. Or at least the opportunity. Swansea can easily be a big club and outside attitudes towards as are changing fast, but we need people like michu/ML to show the faith in us that we did them when they start to get some attention. And not be on a never ending climb for instant success. If they want to make history in this league, stay at swansea and get us into the big time. The real stars of swansea city FC are the board, they know what they are doing and the fans are much tougher now, it sucked when BR left, but look how quickly we took to ML and as much as I liked BR, he even said himself, I am not sure how much higher we can climb so IMO because BR could never take us to the next level like ML can, the results and Goal Difference says it all.

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  • jackinthebox  |  December 04 2012, 2:25PM

    Like everyone I am very impressed with Michu but a comment made on another article mentioned 'the sharks will soon be circling'. Ths is true of course. Whilst a three year contract may sound reasuring the opposite is the case. A new contract must be negotiated 12-18 months before it expires otherwise the clock is ticking for the player going on a freebie Bosman. That makes the contract 2 years max as the selling club would then reluctantly go for a good transfer fee than hang on to the end and get nothing. Most players these days have clauses on the contract which means it can be torn up if things such as number of appearances, number of goals scored, a 'top six' club shows interest or a bid in excess of £xM is received. Given the personal connection between ML and Michu, I hope he will stay with us. Contracts mean nothing. Player Power exists.

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  • confused67  |  December 04 2012, 1:17PM

    There are a lot of so called class players that have joined clubs like Man. U. Man.C. Arsenal. Chelsea etc, and never made it, simply because they have played a different type of football. When we get a few more class players in January, we will certainly keep on climbing, barring any catastrophies. Rock on.

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  • jacklad  |  December 04 2012, 12:43PM

    what people need to realize is, we're a club that play a complete type of football. going from here you'll need a team with our passing technique to maintain your form. look at the "quality" players who've gone from here in the last ten years in search of the holly grail only to be proved pretty ordinary in other clubs Onward and upward

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  • waunarlwydd  |  December 04 2012, 10:50AM

    I don't even want to think about it. Put me off my lunch :-(

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  • Lynbaz  |  December 04 2012, 10:47AM

    Slagheap, if we keep making the progress we are, WE will be a big club. If we stay up, and it looks likely, the money will be there to increase the ground capacity , hopefully to at least 35,000. With that lot roaring us on, the Liberty will become a fearsome place for visiting teams.

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