As soon as Michu starting scoring goals in the Premier League, all the speculative transfer rubbish started – Liverpool this, Brendan Rodgers that. Same old.
Today however, the Spaniard has extended his contract on improved terms by an extra year, which now runs until 2016.
The assumption in the Premier League is that if a player scores goals for one team, then he would without question produce the same kind of return for another – quite obviously, that’s a very naive way of thinking. Michu’s success in England is rooted in three key factors: his ability, his teammates, and his manager.
Players react differently to varying scenarios – Robin van Persie is a better player at Manchester United than he was at Arsenal, Fernando Torres is less effective at Chelsea than he was at Liverpool. Different situations, different form.
It says a lot about Michu’s personality – and possibly the integrity of his representatives – that he recognises that Swansea City is of equal value to him and he is to them. Michael Laudrup knows how and where to play him, and the players around him know how to read and react to him. That’s invaluable, and there’s no guarantee that such an environment could have been replicated at another club.
A very smart decision, and good news for both player and club.