Swansea City striker Michu looks destined to remain uncapped by Spain after failing to earn a call-up for the forthcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Finland and France.
Breaking into the Spain squad is undoubtedly a hard task - they are world and European champions - but it seems whatever Michu does he just can’t get a crack at international football.
With 15 Premier League goals in 27 appearances, Michu will be wondering what more he can do to convince Vicente Del Bosque that he is worthy of a place. Having led the Swans to Capital One Cup success, Michu was overlooked in favour of David Villa and Alvaro Negredo to fill the striking positions.
With Villa struggling to hold down a first-team place for Barcelona, and with just seven league goals this season, it appears that track-record rather than form proved enough to keep him in the side.
With six in his last seven, including a hat trick against Celta this month, Negredo’s call up is fully understandable.
Del Bosque’s failure to call up Michu may not come as a huge surprise to some, however. Having continued to pick Fernando Torres for some time during his poor form for Chelsea, he has made clear in the past that he believes in loyalty to players that have performed when called upon previously.
The nature of the Spanish squad at this period in time makes it a particularly tough task for Michu to gain a place in the squad. With six players in the current squad capable of playing in the attacking-midfield role, the Swansea star was always unlikely to be called up with the intention of filling that role.
However, there has been growing speculation that Michu may receive a call-up to this squad after Del Bosque made comments suggesting he was disappointed to leave Michu out of the friendlies at the end of last year.
Roberto Soldado is another left out of the Squad for the upcoming fixtures, having only scored four goals since the turn of the year. The worry for Michu will be that Soldado - constantly under observation by Del Bosque in La Liga – will return to his best goalscoring form in the near future, creating yet another obstacle in the way of his call up.
While the Swansea man – and many Premier League fans – will be disappointed to see Michu overlooked again, it’s hard to question the methods of Del Bosque, who seems to achieve success with relative ease.
Fernando Torres, too, was unsurprisingly overlooked.
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