Laird completes loan move to Swansea City

Manchester United and England U19 full-back, Ethan Laird will spend the season on loan with Championship side Swansea City.

Laird is looking to take the next step in his personal development following a short loan spell with MK Dons. The United youngster reunites with his former manager Russell Martin. He believes that Swansea are the correct club which suits his style of play. As well as trusting the manager to give him the minutes needs to improve his defensive characteristics.

Laird’s first interview as a Swansea player.

In an interview with Swansea TV, he spoke about his loan move away from United, he revealed why he was keen to work with Russell Martin again and the ex-Swansea player he had spoken with about his potential switch.

When asked how he felt with the loan move being completed, he said “I’m buzzing, I cannot wait to start and get on the pitch. Swansea are a big club and I want to play here. I’ve played here before at 16 and I really enjoyed it before when I was there.”

He continued to say, “And obviously the manager. I love Russell and I know he can get the best from me. I knew that if I worked with him again I can better and develop myself as a player.”

Laird also highlighted the importance of Swansea’s style of play and how it contributed to him choosing to sign for them.

“It’s entertaining. It’s just what you want to watch, your team getting the passes in and making the [other] team look stupid. That’s what I enjoy and that’s why I’m here.”

Before completing his move he spoke a former Swansea player and current teammate, Daniel James on why he should decide to move to the club.

“He gave me a little debrief. He’s a great lad and is kicking on now in the first team and I hope to do the same thing. I feel like this will be a fundamental part of my development and i’m excited.”

A day later, Laird made his debut for the team.

The full-back completed his move to Swansea on Monday and a day later found himself making his debut for the club after coming on as a substitute in the 58th minute with Swansea being 2-0 down. Although they lost 3-1, the manager praised the loanee and his performance in the post-match press conference.

“You saw that with Ethan Laird he added energy to the crowd, he added energy to the other players just with his willingness and confidence to go at players straight away.”

“He’ll run hard for us, he’s an exciting one and hopefully we can get more in before the end of the window to help the guys we’ve already got.”

Throughout the match against Stoke, Laird made a total of 36 touches in the remaining 32 minutes of the game showing his hunger to get something more from the game but also emphasising his determination to build on his overall performance as a player.

Author: Stacey Marsh

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