Gareth Vincent’s take on the week in football: Michu move was the best of the lot
NIGHT will follow day tomorrow, beers will go down on Wind Street and Michael Laudrup will be asked about Michu.
Laudrup has spent years in Spain answering the same question — about whether he prefers Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Diplomat that he is, the Swansea City manager always responds with a line about how he could not possibly split the two clubs.
On these shores, meantime, Laudrup faces query after query about his goalscoring attacking midfielder.
Happily for Swansea, not one of those enquiries has come from a rival manager.
No club, surprisingly, has yet put a wad of cash on the table and asked Swansea whether they will sell.
But Michu will leave the Liberty Stadium.
It is as certain as death, taxes and Cockneys moaning on the radio when Manchester United lose.
The only question is when he will go — how long Swansea will be able to retain the services of player who, remarkably, is threatening to surpass the feats of his maiden season in his second campaign in SA1.
Swansea can only hope that it is a while yet before their shaggy-haired talisman says his goodbyes.
Michu was close to his brilliant best at Crystal Palace last weekend, setting Swansea on their way to victory with a goal inside 80 seconds and giving Ian Holloway's defenders nightmares for the rest of the game.
If there was a black mark against Michu's performance, it was that he did not add to his tally.
Still he did enough to take the man of the match award — and to prompt familiar questions about his future in Laudrup's post-match press conference.
Cue standard lines from the Dane, about how there have been no offers and about how, crucially, Michu was not interested in leaving last summer anyway.
One day, that will change.
It may be soon if Michu's current form continues, for at least one of the big boys will surely weigh in with a bid at some point should he carry on playing as he is.
Michu might get the chance to play Champions League football — and to treble his wages.
And if that opportunity comes, Swansea may have to say thank you and goodbye to a player whose contribution has been nothing short of sensational since he arrived in Wales 14 months ago.
Laudrup has made a few good calls since he took the Swansea job a few weeks prior to that.
But the decision to bring Michu with him from Spain was the best of the lot.