What is a ‘Streets Won’t Forget’ player?
‘The ones we all tried to imitate at your five-a-side.’
‘Mercurial Players who have gained a cult following throughout their career.’
‘Player who showed glimpses of class in their career.’
‘They may not have lit up the football scene season after season like some of the game’s legends but if it weren’t for these players football wouldn’t be the same.’
‘There are some players who came and went like a flash in a pan, but whose impact in their short time was so big that it means they are remembered fondly by diehard Premier League fans.’
If you missed it last week, check out our first edition below…
There was no way this series was going to take place without Michu featuring sooner rather than later. At one moment in time he looked like one of the best strikers in Europe, he provided lethal finishes along with his iconic celebration. He came through the Real Oviedo youth team before moving to Celta Vigo’s B team in 2007. He went onto play for the senior team and also Rayo Vallecano where he scored 15 goals in one season playing behind the striker. Following this season he would make the move that would be the biggest of his career.
Swansea managed to sign Michu for just £2m, imagine how much someone would go for today if they managed 15 goals from midfield? He was brought in to replace the goals lost by Sigurdsson in midfield. A reason as to why Michu’s run was so unforgettable is because of how cheap he was thus lowering the expectations, i’m sure plenty of Swansea fans were scratching their heads when the relatively unknown Spaniard was signed to replace their talisman, however they and every other English football fan would soon see just what he had in store for us.
On his league debut he scored twice and grabbed an assist marking one of the best debuts anyone could have ever dreamed of. He then scored again in each of Swansea’s next two games. After his impressive start many tipped him to go on and win the Golden Boot…
Unfortunately for Michu, that year the Premier League had arguably it’s greatest season ever from a striker with Robin Van Persie leading the way with 26 goals, Michu however came in at 5th with 18 goals which is an incredible feat especially from a £2m signing. He scored some wonderful finishes so check them out below…
In this season not only would Michu receive personal accolades by becoming Swansea’s player of the year and supporters player of the year but he would also lead his club to cup glory…
League Cup Heritage
Michu helped Swansea do what none of their fans could’ve possibly dreamed of.. and that’s win a major trophy. He scored a key goal in their semi final victory over Chelsea before scoring in the 5-0 final triumph against Bradford, not only did he score goals but he scored important goals, a sign of a top player. While he may be labelled a one season wonder, he can always look back and find his name in both the Swansea and League Cup record books. Since 2010 this trophy has been dominated by City and United so he and Swansea are in prestigious company.
At the age of 27 Michu achieved every footballers dream and was awarded his first cap for his national team Spain. This would be his only cap but marked a great moment for the Swansea hero. Mind you this was a Spanish team that featured some of the greatest players to ever play the game, the reigning world champs, so this achievement should not be overlooked.
Where did it go wrong?
As with any player who over performs for a ‘lesser’ club, transfer rumours are going to ignite and Michu found himself linked with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, he was valued at around £30m but these moves never materialized. I wonder how his career may have faired if he made the move. After a promising start to the following season, Michu fell victim to footballs biggest curse…injuries. He suffered a major ankle injury which required surgery, it was only October of that season and he had already scored his last goal for Swansea.
The following summer he made a loan move to Napoli, unfortunately again to due ankle injures he only managed to make 3 league appearances for the club. He returned to Swansea at the end of the season and was then released from his contract 7 months early, a sad end to his Swansea career giving what he had accomplished for them.
Where is he now?
After spells at Asturian amateurs UP Langreo….(I know, sad right) and a return to his first Oviedo, Michu retired from football at the age of 31 in 2017. This is too young for a player at the level Michu was at in 2012/13. A sad end to a great story of someone who came to prominence around the age of 26, made a brave move to England and then wrote their name in English football history. Michu may be retired but Swansea fans, English football fans and most importantly…the Streets.. will never ever forget him!
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