In focus: Michu

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Manchester United and Liverpool have both been linked with Rayo Vallecano midfielder Michu recently – who is he, and is he any good?


First of all his full name is Miguel Perez Cuesta and he is a 24-year-old attacking midfielder for the side from the Madrid suburb of Valllecas.


This was his first season in La Liga but it didn’t show as he was on target 15 times and finished the campaign as the highest scoring midfielder in the league.


This is an impressive stat considering the calibre of goalscoring midfielders at Real Madrid and Barcelona alone.


Rayo are a very small club and have little or no financial clout, so a price of £2million has been mooted as the sufficient amount for either club to secure his services.


Standing at 6ft1in Michu is a leggy player and covers the ground as well as you would expect for someone of his height.


He is predominantly left-footed but has shown he has the finishing touch with either foot.


Michu is able to play in a wide role but he is more effective in the advanced midfielder position behind a striker, as getting forward to support he attack is his biggest strength.


Cuesta began his career with local team Real Oviedo and made over 100 appearances for the Asturians before moving to Celta Vigo B and was then promoted to the first team.


He spent four years with the Galician side before moving to current club Rayo on a free transfer at the end of last season, as the club made its return to the Primera Division after an eight-year hiatus.


Michu is a strong runner with the ball but is not necessarily a dribbler, although his passing game is sound and is not often guilty of making poor decisions in possession.


However, his main attribute is getting into the box and the timing of his forward runs is impressive.


This is the kind of quality that Sir Alex Ferguson has always admired, as the Red Devils traditionally get lots of bodies into the box to meet deliveries from wide areas.


Liverpool, however, are in need of a player who will put the ball in the net without much fuss and they may have someone of that ilk in Michu.


Once he does arrive in the box with the ball at his feet, Michu keeps a cool head and his finishing is clinical.


That isn’t to say he has no other qualities, however, as his height makes him a danger in the air and he strikes the ball very well from outside of the area.


So many goals for a side that will probably be battling against relegation for most of its time in Spain’s top flight is quite an achievement, but it leaves the question of whether he can play at a higher level or not.


Both United and Liverpool will hardly be making a great mistake by signing Michu, but it would be wise to be mindful of the fact that he only just completed his first year in La Liga and there is no proof to say his form will endure.


The pace of the Premier League may be a factor, but he has a substantial frame and should have no trouble adjusting to the more physical aspects of the game here.


Considering he has so few years of experience in a top division, signing Michu would be a gamble – an inexpensive one though.

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