Swansea City's Michu 'good enough for top four'
ANGEL Rangel believes Michu is good enough to star for a Premier League heavyweight — but insists his countryman is happy at Swansea City.
The £2 million bargain buy from Rayo Vallecano further enhanced his growing reputation with a stunning late brace as Swansea beat Arsenal last Saturday.
He showed ice-cool composure to twice slot past Wojciech Szczesny and take his goals tally this season to 11 in all competitions.
The 26-year-old is the joint leading scorer in the Premier League, with some suggesting he may be in line for a call-up from Spain.
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"I think he could play for a top-four team, it's probably a bit crazy of me to say it but I think he has proved himself in the first 15 games of the season," said Rangel.
"Scoring ten goals in 15 league games is not easy, so let's hope we can keep hold of him.
"He is really happy here and maybe the club will have to give him a new contract, but that's not for me to say.
"He is surrounded by nice people. There are lots of Spaniards here who he gets on very well with and he loves it at Swansea."
Michu has been a revelation since Michael Laudrup plucked him from La Liga in the summer.
The versatile forward scored two goals against Queens Park Rangers on his Swansea debut and has continued to find the net on a regular basis.
"You can't really say any more about Michu. The most important thing is that he is scoring goals and enjoying himself," said Rangel. "It's not only goals, the way he plays is excellent and he links up with the other players on the pitch.
"He is a reference point for us and he scores, but we also have the more direct ball to him that we probably have not had before.
"He is bringing a lot of things to the team. I don't think he has a roof now, he is doing so well I think he can get better and score so many this season.
"But you cannot just single out one player because the whole team are doing well." Swansea's Emirates victory saw them leapfrog the Gunners to move seventh in the Premier League.
They are now just three points off a Champions League place ahead of this weekend's home clash with Norwich.
"The most important thing was the result, Arsenal had their moments where they kept possession but I think we always felt comfortable," added Rangel.
"We were very organised, stayed solid and we didn't let them create too many chances.
"At the other end we were fantastic, we created so many chances and we were pleased to get the two goals at the end.
"It was a very open game, but I thought tactically we were fantastic and it was great to keep the momentum going. We're all buzzing."
Swansea's triumph in North London came without two of their in-form players.
Wayne Routledge and Pablo Hernandez were both forced to miss the match as they joined an injury list that also included Michel Vorm, Neil Taylor and Danny Graham.
"Our success is not down to individual players, we have an excellent squad now and we have players who can come into the team and do well," said Rangel.
"Of course, we would like to have as many players fit as possible, but when someone gets injured and another comes into the team, they are doing as well or even better.
"I think Arsenal was our best win in the Premier League. The Newcastle win felt great but Saturday was twice as good at least.
"It's a little scary that we have seen we can win and be so comfortable.
"We are in a good moment but we have to try to stay grounded."