Michu has been one of the bargain buys of the season and he is without doubt, the main man in the Swansea attack, even more so now that Danny Graham has joined Sunderland.
There are going to be a couple of subtle changes in the way Michu plays, which have been created by Graham’s departure that Swansea definitely need to keep one eye on.
The most obvious change is that Michu won’t be able to drop so deep when he’s playing with another forward. He seems to love that pocket in front of the opposition defence, which allows him to break forward from the midfield.
Graham always played as an out and out centre forward for Swansea, on the shoulder of the defence, which allowed Michu to adopt his more favoured and more natural role.
It shouldn’t be too much of a major concern for the club or Swansea fans because when Michu has played as the only striker, he’s done very well commanding the front line on his own.
He is undoubtedly going to miss having that extra striker who is on the same wavelength, the sort of player Michu can play quick passes with right in front of the opposition defence.
The other obvious risk is that the pressure has now been jacked up on Michu to maintain his form over the rest of the season.
Again, this shouldn’t be too much of a major worry because Michu looks like the sort of player who loves his football and loves to get stuck in.
However, this does not cover up for the fact that plenty of other players have suffered in the past as soon as they have been put under extra pressure.
Another negative of Graham’s departure is what the club does if Michu picks up a bad injury. At least in Graham they had a proven goalscorer at the top level. This creates a sort of external pressure on Michu to work harder in the treatment room.
Overall, there isn’t going to be much of a difference in the way Michu or Swansea have been playing, only subtle changes that shouldn’t be too damaging.
It’s also very important to consider that Swansea have used the majority of their systems this around Michu and the way he plays by himself.
Do you think Michu’s game will change?
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