One season wonder players are not a phenomenon in English football. At least some players are labeled as a one-season wonder, including Roque Santa Cruz at Blackburn, Amr Zaki at Wigan Athletic, to Michu in Swansea City.
The last name might be the most remembered. Because many people say that Michu is a figure of one season wonder.
A typical celebration by shaking his hands next to his ears made Michu become one of the trendsetters in the English Premier League a few seasons ago, or rather in 2012 when playing for Swansea City.
But in the end, something “wrong” made him unable to do much in the following seasons.
Miguel Perez Cuesta, or better known as Michu, began his career with Oviedo in 2003. For four years, he appeared 100 times and scored 13 goals. He then strengthened Celta Vigo who was then still playing in the Segunda Division in the 2007/08 season.
His performance which increasingly skyrocketed made him recruited Rayo Vallecano in the 2011/12 season. There, Michu appeared in 37 matches and scored 15 goals. He also contributed 2 goals from two appearances in the King’s Cup.
From there, his potential began to be discovered by talent scouts, until he arrived at Swansea City.
Recruited from Rayo Vallecano with a value of only 2 million pounds, Michu is an attacking midfielder. However, in the hands of Michael Laudrup who became Swansea manager at the time, he was assigned to become a striker.
His appearance was quite slick and did not disappoint. In his Premier League debut against QPR, he scored two goals in the Swans 5-0 win. Michu was later regarded as one of the top scorers in England after recording 18 goals in 35 appearances.
In total, Michu scored 22 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions. Michu’s sensational appearance is the main key to the only prestigious title in the history of the Swans club. He scored one of the winning goals over Chelsea in the semifinals and Bradford City in the 2012/13 League Cup final. Thanks to that success, Michu was finally selected as the best player in the Swansea City season of the supporters’ version.
Success in the first season with Swansea made Michu called to defend Spain in a friendly match against Belarus on October 11, 2013. After that match, Michu was never called on to defend Spain in his career.
As bad as a career in the Spanish national team, Michu’s second season did not run like his first season. A knee injury makes his appearance sluggish. Michu’s declining appearance was also followed by a drop in Swansea’s performance.
Michu’s performance declined after only appearing 17 times in the Premier League and scored two goals.
His performance was getting worse which then made him was loaned at Napoli the following season. However, the injury suffered by Michu made him only appear six times in all competitions.
Then, right on October 9, 2015, Michu was terminated by Swansea City. Although his contract will expire in the summer of 2017, he must accept the fact that his legs are considered unable to sustain a career in the top division in the Premier League.
Out of frustration or something, collecting one appearance in the Spanish national team suddenly decided to join the fourth Spanish caste club, Langreo.
But after only one season, Michu finally decided to return to his childhood club, Oviedo. Unfortunately, the player’s injuries kept happening. Michu rarely appeared regularly and only scored three goals in 28 appearances. And worse, Real Oviedo failed its promotion to La Liga until Michu decided to retire.
The certainty of Michu’s withdrawal from football was explained by a spokesman for the unnamed player. Besides, the spokesman explained that Michu would continue his career in football after hanging up his boots.
“Michu’s right ankle makes it very difficult to do any sport. He felt it was impossible to continue his profession as a footballer, ”
“After consulting with the medical authorities, he decided to leave the sport. He will pursue his career in the world of coaching, “said the spokesman (quoted from the BBC).