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Michu looking to avoid second-season syndrome

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One of the stand-out performers during last season's Premier League campaign was undoubtedly Swansea's Michu. 

Swans boss Michael Laudrup potentially pulled off the bargain of the decade when he sealed a deal to bring the Spaniard to Wales for a mere £2 million last summer. 

Michu, having arrived at the Liberty Stadium as an attacking midfielder, was later pushed up into the forward line by Laudrup due to his lack of confidence in Danny Graham.

This proved to be a stroke of genius as Michu flourished in his new role. The 27-year-old netted 22 goals in all competitions for the Welsh club, including three goals in the Capital One Cup which helped Swansea lift the trophy at Wembley after a 5-0 victory against Bradford City in the final. 

However as the years have passed, football fans have witnessed many players set English football alight in their first season but somehow severely struggle to maintain form in their second season. Will this be the case for Michu?

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse burst onto the scene for the Toon Army after joining in January 2012 in a deal believed to be in the region of £9 million.

Alongside fellow Senegal international Demba Ba, Cisse appeared close to unstoppable during the second-half of the 2011/12 season. He scored an outstanding 13 goals in 14 appearances for Alan Pardew's side, making him one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League. 

However with expectations high for the new campaign, Cisse failed to deliver anywhere near the same calibre of performance at St. James' Park and only managed to score 13 goals in 47 appearances for his club.

Javier Hernandez is another example of a player who suffered a dip in form during his second campaign in the Premier League. 

After a deal was agreed that saw Chicharito swap Guadalajara for Manchester in 2010, the Mexican star took no time at all settling in at Old Trafford. In his debut campaign, Hernandez earned a regular starting place for the Red Devils and bagged 20 goals in 45 outings in all competitions. Although with defences learning from past experiences and keeping a closer eye on the deadly forward, Hernandez failed to reach the same heights. 

Despite Swansea fans potentially facing this dreaded scenario, Michu has predicted that he can be even better alongside new signing Wilfried Bony. The Spaniard believes that Swansea's six summer signings have made the squad competitive, with no-one guaranteed a spot in the team. 

Michu was quoted by Wales Online: "It was important for Swansea to bring in a top striker. We try to sign good players to be stronger and I think we will be stronger this season because Bony is a good player who can help us.

"It means it is possible I can play in a different position, behind the striker, where I prefer to play. I hope you will see a better Michu because of that".

Everything is in place for another very successful season at the Liberty Stadium and if Swansea are to maximise their full potential, you can be sure that star man Michu will play a pivotal part.

 

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