Saturday, July 20, 2013

20 July 2012 - The Swans Are Pleased To Michu

On 20 July 2012, Swansea signed Spanish striker Michu in what turned out to be the deal of the Premier League season.

The Swans were looking to improve upon their 11th-place finish from the previous season, which was their first in the Premier League. So they looked to Michu, who had scored seventeen goals in 37 appearances for Rayo Vallecano in his one year there. In terms of scoring, it was his best season to date, with his previous high-water mark coming for Celta Vigo B in 2007-08, when he scored ten goals.

Swansea paid a transfer fee of £2.2 million and signed him to a three-year deal. He rewarded them by scoring a career-high 22 goals, including 18 in the league, making him the Premier League's fifth-highest scorer for the season. He led his new club to a ninth-place finish and victory in the League Cup, which secured them a spot in the Europa League qualification rounds.

Recognizing his value early on, Swansea signed him to a new deal in January 2013, adding an extra year to his contract.

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