One to watch: The rise of Michu

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When one thinks of a Spanish striker, the obvious names of Fernando Torres, David Villa, and Pedro Rodríguez all come to mind. However, one La Roja attacker has been turning heads as his dominant physique and clinical finishing has left Swansea FC in the midst of a stellar season.

Miguel Perez Cuesta, more commonly known as Michu, has treated Swansea fans to a frenzy of goals. His tally has now reached 16 for the season thus far, rivalling many of the English Premier League’s big money signings.

Michu started his career at Spanish club Real Oviedo where he progressed through the youth academy ranks and eventually achieved 100 appearances for the club. After unsuccessful contract negotiations, Michu had stints at Liga BBVA sides, Celta de Vigo and Rayo Vellecano de Madrid. Both clubs viewed the attacking midfielder as a crucial team member.

Many big-name clubs began to keep a watchful eye on the Spanish centre attacking midfielder as his first season at Rayo led him to be named as equal best La Liga scoring midfielder.

After a great deal of deliberation and debate, Michu signed for Premier League surprise package Swansea, for a mere fee of £2m. The club, following the departure of youngster Gyfli Sigurðsson to Tottenham FC, were looking at Michu to solve their midfield woes, filling the gap behind the striker in the much loved 4-2-3-1 formation. However due to injury and suspension the Spaniard found himself in the number 9 role, where he's flourished.

On his league debut Michu scored a sublime double and chalked up an assist in a 5-0 whitewash of Queens Park Rangers. His goal scoring run continued throughout the season as he slotted goal after goal against a number of different teams and in different cup competitions, leading the Welsh club to a very reputable position of ninth so far.

Michu is third on the goalscorers list for the Premier League, only beaten by Manchester Untied Dutch maestro Robin Van Persie and controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

Although Swansea manager Michael Laudrup firmly stated the Spanish forward will not be leaving the club, a recent national team call up by newly celebrated manager of the year Vincent de Bosque, and a recent hot form in front of goal, the potential for this 26 year old seems endless.

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