Jan Molby

Swansea can keep hold of Michu

After he scored his 16th goal of the season in a Capital One Cup win over Chelsea on Wednesday night, Swansea say only clubs of the stature of Real Madrid and Barcelona will be able to afford Michu now, but they are just talking him up. He might be good, but he isn't quite that good. Not yet anyway.

It is a cute stance from Swansea, though, as they will be keen to ward off any interest in the Spaniard now the transfer window is open. It is hard enough to get hold of a player like that in the first place - let alone for £2 million - and the last thing Swansea want to do is give any interested parties encouragement that they could prise him away from the Liberty Stadium.

It is difficult to predict what losing Michu would do to Swansea but it would certainly be a huge blow as he is so important to the club. However, it isn't a foregone conclusion that he will be moving on in the near future.

Firstly, I don't think there is a real danger of Michu leaving in January, purely because not many of the big clubs will be looking to sign a player with his qualities and with his price tag. There is no doubt he would be an asset to most clubs but I don't January is the right time.

Beyond that, I am sure Swansea will be able to convince Michu that there is money for new signings and that the club has real ambitions of becoming a top-six side in the coming seasons, as unbelievable as that sounds.

They have created a strong Spanish contingent with Chico Flores, Angel Rangel and Pablo Hernandez, there is a good atmosphere around the club and the dressing room and they enjoy the way they play as well. Those are all very important factors.

I think this group of players can be kept together and I wouldn't be surprised at all if he was playing for Swansea at the start of next season. If they can retain his services, it will be a real coup.

Michu's consistently-excellent performances mean he is firmly more than just a flash in the pan, or a flavour of the month. He also had a fantastic season in Spain with Rayo Vallecano before joining Swansea and he has just carried that on.

His goal against Chelsea was lovely. It was the finish of a man who is bang in form and knows how to get into the right positions and put the ball away. He takes up great positions and his timing, when he makes runs into the penalty area, is excellent.

His movement is matched by his execution and while he came to England with the reputation of being a midfielder who scores goals, he is now demonstrating he has all the attributes to be a deadly striker too.

Initially he played in that deep-lying role but then Michael Laudrup pushed him forward into the No. 9 position and he hasn't looked back.

It was a brave move as Danny Graham is a good player for Swansea, but converting Michu into a lone striker has worked wonders. He creates space - not only for himself but his team-mates too.

I know Michael well and what he looks for first and foremost in a player is intelligence. He has ideas about the game that he can transmit to intelligent players, so I am not surprised at all that he has brought the best out of Michu.

Swansea have a very calm aura around them - from the manager down - and Michu fits that perfectly. He appears to be a really easy player to deal with, and the fact he is so down-to-earth means he will probably continue in this rich goalscoring seam.

Of course he will be excited by talk of a big move, but I don't think it will be at the forefront of his mind. He just wants to play, and Swansea are providing the stage for him to flourish in the Premier League.

For whatever reason, bigger clubs didn't fancy him when he was at Rayo Vallecano - which allowed Swansea to sign him for £2 million. Now he will cost around £15m, but again he might get overlooked because there are some players who go through their careers without quite getting that big move.

Sometimes big clubs just refuse to bite, and I think that might be the case with Michu.