Upon finally letting star striker Wilfried Bony eventually move on for a cool £28 million this January, the Swans have been somewhat short of someone worthy of filling the big Ivorian’s shoes throughout the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign.
Yes, Bafetimbi Gomis certainly has a lot of potential to step up to the plate and start doing the business for Garry Monk next season, but on his own the impact just can’t be same. What Swansea need is someone who knows where the goal is, someone able to physically compete up top for his respective side, and someone not scared to take on such a difficult task.
The Swans have subsequently cast their spot-lights across the rest of Europe in an attempt to source an adequate Bony replacement, yet a solid transfer target has so far proved difficult to obtain. That said however, perhaps there is one certain player many of the Liberty Stadium faithful may have somewhat forgotten who could more than do the job for their side…
Michu is only on loan to Serie A outfit Napoli after all – and although the Spanish striker has the chance to join the Italians permanently come the end of the season – such an eventuality may not yet have been reached. Injuries amongst other things have caused the front-man a distinct drop in form this season, even if his potential still remains intact.
For the fact that Swansea still technically ‘own’ the player in question, surely it wouldn’t seem too bizarre to wonder how Garry Monk’s side would operate with Michu back in the first team?
For one thing, the Swans would certainly rediscover their goal threat with their former fan favourite back on board. Michu got his move away from the Liberty Stadium after a more than impressive spell in the Premier League. He came to England with not much of a reputation, but left with a particularly strong one indeed for a player of his category.
The Spaniard just seemed like he knew where the goal was nearly every time he stepped out on the pitch. Whether it be through his excellent movement off the ball, keen ability to link up successfully with the rest of his teammates, or just the fact that he came across as a pure goal scorer – Swansea would certainly benefit if his return can be amicably arranged sooner rather than later.
Yes the player himself has made next to no impact whatsoever this season largely because of his problematic injury record, yes at 29-years-old the striker is hardly going to get any quicker in the next few years – and yes – Michu would never truly emulate the effect of Wilfried Bony even if everything went according to plan, but a warm return to his old stomping ground may nevertheless be what the striker needs to rediscover his scoring touch for good.
Ultimately then, whilst the Spaniard may not be too high up on the list of potential striking options available for the Swansea City faithful next season, alongside Bafetimbi Gomis and perhaps a few more attacking additions at the Liberty Stadium, a returning Michu might just turn out better than most would have anticipated at this stage in the proceedings.
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