Swansea City’s Premier League survival is not yet guaranteed, despite what many fans would argue has been a superb start to the season. The Swans currently sit seventh in the league with 23 points from 15 games, four places and six points better off than last season, yet are not out of relegation danger just yet.
For despite their excellent start to the new campaign, with the in-form club upsetting more than a few Premier League multiples, Swansea fans in the betting world are realistic of their chances of survival, with many adamant they won’t breathe easy until that golden 40-point mark has been reached.
In order to do this Swansea must keep their big-name players, with their biggest star already topping the shopping list of a number of Premier League sides. For Michu, Swansea’s £2m signing from Real Vallecano, has turned heads since his arrival this summer and last week netted a composed double against Arsenal to increase his tally to 11 this season.
The Spaniard embodies how Swansea put themselves about: calm, considerate and clinical in front of goal. He has the touch and spatial awareness to run the line for this direct, passing side and has ruffled a number of Premier League defenders since his arrival.
Many would argue he is playing the perfect striker’s role for Swansea: sitting up top and bringing the midfield into play, while also running off the shoulder of the last man when necessary. Yet with these good performances comes interest from other clubs and manager Brian Laudrup will have to battle hard to keep him in January.
Tottenham, Fulham and Liverpool are all touted to be interested.
It is pivotal the Swans keep Michu if they are to survive relegation: if not this season, then definitely next year. Their chairman, Huw Jenkins, recently revealed he wants to see the squad strengthened in January, not weakened, meaning Laudrup will hopefully have Michu for six more months at least.