Michu has left to join Napoli on a season-long loan with the option to sign him permanently
Michu has left to join Napoli on a season-long loan with the option to sign him permanently.
It’s been inevitable that he would leave the club this Summer after a disappointing season last year that was hit with a long-term ankle injury.
The Spaniard struggled to recover in the last few months of the campaign under new manager Garry Monk – and the rumours soon started that he’d played his final game for the club.
Michu took the Premier League by storm in the 2012/13 season under former manager Michael Laudrup.
He netted a brace in the opening game of the season – a memorable 5-0 win away at QPR.
Scoring another 20 goals, he instantly became a fans’ favourite, but the following season saw him limited to 6 goals in 15 games due to a troublesome ankle injury.
Speculation suggested that the injury was serious, but it hasn’t prevented him from passing a medical with Italian Serie A side Napoli to complete a loan switch – that’s believed to be worth in excess of £1m to the Swans.
Swansea City were initially reluctant to loan him out, preferring to sell him permanently for a fee – but they’ve settled on an agreement that allows Napoli to buy him for a set price. Napoli are struggling for cash and apparently preferred to take him on loan first because of his injury struggles last year.
It’s disappointing for us fans to have to see Michu leave in this way. During his opening year we all thought we’d be lucky to hold on to him because of his goalscoring form and he’d go for a big fee. But he leaves on loan following months of us all wondering whether or not he had played his final game.
Thank you Michu for that 2012/13 season especially. It’s been a pleasure watching such a talented player score almost 30 goals for the club in such a short time, and he also played a big role in making history when the Swans won their first ever major trophy – beating Bradford City in the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley.
Watch his goals in the 2012/13 season below: