On this day in 2012: Spaniard Michu signs for Swansea

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Sunday 20 July 2014

On this day in 2012: Spaniard Michu signs for Swansea

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Michu’s move to the Liberty Stadium

  • Michu enjoyed a memorable Swansea debut, scoring twice in a 5-0 win against QPR

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

20 July 2012 - Laudrup brings Spaniard Michu to Swansea

New Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup made his third signing since taking over at the Liberty Stadium when he brought in Spanish attacking midfielder Michu from Rayo Vallecano for £2m.

The 26-year-old agreed a three-year deal in south Wales and said: "I really wanted to come to Swansea because of the coach, the style of play and the Barclays Premier League.

"I know how Michael's teams play so I'm looking forward to being part of that."

Michu scored 15 goals in 37 Primera Liga matches for lowly Rayo the previous season and Laudrup said: “I am happy that the player wanted to come here because I was here."

Michu set the tone for a successful season with two goals in a 5-0 opening day win at Queens Park Rangers and then scoring in each of his next two matches.

His sparkling form continued and by Christmas he had scored 13 goals in 18 Barclays Premier League fixtures, earning him a new four-year contract in January.

Although he was not quite so prolific in the second half of the season he still finished with 18 top-flight goals, making him the Barclays Premier League's fifth highest scorer.

He also starred in Swansea's run to the League Cup final and helped them secure their first major trophy by finding the net in a 5-0 win against Bradford City.

Despite making his debut for Spain's national team in October, Michu's second season did not go so well and after suffering ankle and knee injuries he underwent surgery on his ankle at the end of December.

He was out of action until the middle of March and when he returned, he failed to find the net in five appearances, leaving him with two Barclays Premier League goals for the season.

Earlier this week, Michu completed a season-long loan move to Napoli, with the Italian side having an option to buy.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Spanish attacking midfielder Michu joined Swansea