Miguel Alfonso Herrero
|Full name||Miguel Alfonso Herrero Javaloyas|
|Date of birth||29 July 1988|
|Place of birth||Burjassot, Spain|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2010–2011||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||8||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ Hércules (loan)||38||(13)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Burjassot, Valencian Community, Míchel finished his football grooming at local Burjassot CF and started playing as a senior with Valencia CF's B-side. After a string of midfield injuries to the main squad (Rubén Baraja, Edu and Manuel Fernandes) he was called up by coach Unai Emery, making his La Liga debut against FC Barcelona, playing 20 minutes in a 0–4 away loss on 6 December 2008; previous to that, he had already appeared in a Copa del Rey game against Club Portugalete, where he also scored.
Míchel's first start occurred on 3 March 2009 in a 1–2 loss at CD Numancia, as he began to be regularly summoned to the league's squad of 18 each week. He was delighted with his first year at Valencia, never having imagined he would be playing for the club's first team after being not much earlier in the fourth division.
Loans / Levante
In early June 2010, deemed surplus to requirements by coach Emery – for instance, in the 2009–10 campaign he only collected 28 minutes in the league, all as a late substitute – Míchel was loaned for one season to fellow league club Deportivo de La Coruña. He spent most of the campaign injured, and the Galicians were also relegated after 20 straight years in the top flight.
At Hércules CF, where he spent the 2011–12 season, Míchel scored a career-best 13 goals, also being a key player as the team nearly returned to the top level. The club attempted to acquire the player permanently, but were eventually denied.
Míchel rescinded his contract with Valencia in June 2012, and signed a three-year deal with neighbouring Levante UD shortly after. He scored eight goals in 51 official games in his first and only season, including two in 11 in the campaign's UEFA Europa League.
Return to Valencia
On 10 May 2013 Míchel agreed on a return to former club Valencia, penning a three-year link after his €420,000 buyout clause was paid. He made his debut in his second spell on 17 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home win against Málaga CF.
- "Míchel alegra el trámite" [Míchel lights up bore] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 13 November. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- Michel: "Éste ha sido el mejor año de mi vida y nunca lo voy a olvidar" (Michel: "This has been the best year of my life and I will never forget it"); Diario AS, 3 June 2009 (Spanish)
- El Depor logra la cesión del valencianista Míchel (Depor gets Valencia's Míchel on loan); Marca, 28 May 2010 (Spanish)
- Míchel estará entre cuatro y seis meses de baja por una lesión en el menisco de la pierna derecha (Míchel will miss four to six months due to right leg meniscus injury); Marca, 24 September 2010 (Spanish)
- El Hércules quiere a Míchel en propiedad (Hércules wants Míchel permanently); Diario Información, 27 February 2012 (Spanish)
- El Levante ficha a Míchel, como agente libre (Levante signs Míchel, as free agent); Goal.com, 26 June 2012 (Spanish)
- Ten-man Hannover outlast Levante; UEFA.com, 4 October 2012
- Clinical Levante make Twente pay; UEFA.com, 25 October 2012
- Míchel regresa a Mestalla (Míchel returns to Mestalla); Super Deporte, 10 May 2013 (Spanish)
- Valencia edge victory; ESPN FC, 17 August 2013