Swansea duo Michu & Laudrup top Premier League poll

In a survey conducted by the League Managers Association, the Dane was voted the most impressive manager of the season by his peers while the summer arrival was named best signing
Swansea City forward Michu has been voted as the best signing of the season while boss Michael Laudrup was named the most impressive manager, according to a recent Barclays survey.

The former Rayo Vallecano man was signed by Laudrup for just £2 million last summer as an attacking midfielder but has gone on to lead the line with a return of 15 goals in 27 top-flight appearances.


Michu's biggest rival for the No.1 spot was Manchester United striker Robin van Persie. The striker, who ranked second with 35 per cent of the vote behind the Spaniard's 47%, has scored 19 in 28 as his new side look on course to win back the Premier League title from local rivals Manchester City after building up a 12-point lead at the top of the table.

Laudrup, meanwhile, has garnered praise after guiding the Swans to a first-ever major honour with the 5-0 Capital One Cup final triumph over Bradford City with a continuation of the free-flowing passing style first implemented by Roberto Martinez.

Such success, and an impressive performance in the Premier League, has prompted speculation over the Dane’s future at the Liberty Stadium, only for Laudrup to pen improved terms on Friday.

And the former Liverpool and Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier believes that the example set by Swansea since their promotion to England's top flight last season is encouraging for others in their position and the league as a whole.

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He observed: "At the beginning of the season many wondered whether Swansea would be able to maintain their impressive start to Premier League life but Michael Laudrup has come in, managed to sustain their Premier League progress and recently won the Capital One Cup.

"He has probably made the shrewdest signing of the season in Michu and deserves the praise from his peers.

"Overall, the survey highlights that promoted clubs can establish themselves in the Premier League, gain the respect of the established managers, play quality football and excite fans. It's good for the future of the Premier League and football in this country."

Elsewhere, Liverpool's Raheem Sterling was voted as the best young player on show with 52% of the vote, edging out Southampton's Adam Lallana with 18% and Chelsea starlet Oscar with 12% into second and third, respectively.