How Michu compares to Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres May 2012

Swansea City paid £48 million less than Chelsea did to sign their star man.

Michu is proving to be the bargain of the season, sharing honour of being the Premier League top scorer with Robin van Persie and Demba Ba.

He cost the Swans just £2 million, so how does he compare to the Premier League's record ever signing, £50 million Fernando Torres?

Here are how the two compare from a statistical point of view...

2012/13 stats: 

Michu - Games: 17, Goals: 11, Assists: 2 (Premier League goals 10, Capital One Cup 1)

Torres - Games: 25, Goals: 9, Assists: 4 (Premier League goals 4, Champions League 3, Capital One Cup 1, Community Shield 1)

Premier League shots per game ratio:

Michu - 2.7 (Total shots 40) - Conversion rate 25 per cent

Torres - 2.1 (Total shots 32) - Conversion rate 12.5 per cent

Times dispossed in the Premier League:

Michu - 20

Torres - 41

Premier League pass completion rate

Michu - 79.5 per cent (384/484 passes completed)

Torres - 69.9 per cent (223/319 passes completed)

Question: How many games did it take Torres to score 11 goals for Chelsea?

Answer: 57

Clearly Swansea have bagged themselves a bargain, and their relentlessly consistent Spaniard certainly puts Chelsea's inconsistent striker to shame. Rafa Benitez will be hoping Torres' brace last night is a sign he is regaining confidence and fighting back, but he still has a long way to go to justify his hefty price tag.

The £50 million was a moment of true extravagance from Roman Abramovich, and one he has yet to see repaid. Swansea on the other hand can consider their £2 million outlay on Michu repaid already and then some.

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image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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