It has been a hectic week for Ethan Laird.
Manchester United decided to cut short his loan spell at Swansea City in order to send him to Championship table-toppers Bournemouth.
It looked like a sudden decision from the outside and Swans manager Russell Martin has told Wales Online he was given absolutely no notice of United’s intentions.
It is fair to say he is unhappy about losing a player who had established himself in his starting eleven and he was critical of United’s handling of the situation.
When asked how he felt about the Laird situation, Martin said: “Very disappointed. Disappointed that we didn’t know much about it, or anything about it. It’s not a position we were looking to recruit in. The lack of notice was a bit of an issue, but it is what it is. That’s the issue with loan players, when you have a loan player and he does well.
“He’s spent a year with us [at MK Dons and Swansea] and he’s grown incredibly in that time. He’s been a really good performer for us this season, his first season in the Championship. But his parent club have decided it’s better for him to go and play in a slightly different position with a different club in this league who are fighting hard for promotion.
“That’s their prerogative. That is the danger you have with loan players. We’re gutted, on a personal level, we get on really well. It’s not a decision that was driven by him. He’s not looked to go, it was brought to him by the club.
“He’ll be a loss to us on and off the pitch. He has an infectious personality and he’s had some brilliant performances, but we are now in a position where we need to replace that, and it’s probably become a priority for us because we’ve lost a player who was playing week in week out.”
When United were planning to recall Laird and loan him out again, they could have given Martin more notice to get his squad in order.
That is not something United need to do, but it would have been good in terms of maintaining good relations with a club they may decide to send a player on loan to in the future.
It is also not much thanks for Martin, who has helped develop Laird at MK Dons in League 1 and now at Swansea.
Some United supporters may not see that as a concern; others may think that the biggest club in the world could show more class.
As for Laird, he now has a chance to earn promotion to the Premier League with a side who are on course to do exactly that.
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