Ethan Laird feels Swansea can be one of the Championship's 'best teams'
Manchester United loanee Ethan Laird believes that Swansea City are “capable of being one of the best teams” in the Championship.
Despite losing three straight league games, the marauding attack-minded wing-back, who is currently in the midst of a season-long loan believes the Welsh side are on the right track, despite their recent lull in form.
Playing under the tutelage of Russell Martin once again, following their spell together at League One side MK Dons last season, Laird has impressed after making the step up to the Championship.
Currently 16th in the Championship table after 22 games, the Swans find themselves both eight points off the relegation zone and play-off places.
Three straight defeats would knock any side’s confidence, but Laird does not believe it will have any impact on the squad’s belief or adventurous style of play.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Laird said: “There’s nothing to worry about, that has to be the message through the whole club. We know we are capable of being one of the best teams in the league. The way we play, there is no-one else who plays the way we play,” said the 20-year-old.
“I strongly believe that, and I think everyone involved with the club believes it. The gaffer has implemented a style in such a short period of time, and everyone has been so happy when it has clicked and gone well.
“The flip side is you have to stick with it and continue to back it on the days when it does not go so well.”
Laird believes that there was always going to be “inconsistency” when the Swans were tasked with carrying out a new footballing philosophy.
The England under-20 international added: “When something is new – and it’s a hard way of playing – you will have moments of inconsistency.
“We are not the full package yet, but we are getting there. Results have not been what we would like, it’s finding our way of getting there.”
With four assists to his name so far this season, Laird, who is one of the Championship’s best dribblers, will be hoping to play a starring role in Swansea’s quest to climb the table.
After coming off in his last outing with a thigh injury, it remains to be seen whether Laird will be fit enough to return for the Boxing Day trip to Millwall.
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