Manchester United loanee Ethan Laird continues to shine during his season-long loan at Swansea City, and he currently sits top of three categories for the Welsh side.
With 18 Championship appearances already under his belt, United’s decision to choose Swansea as the youngster’s destination is certainly paying off.
Being reunited with Russell Martin, Laird’s manager during his loan spell at MK Dons last season, looks to be a match made in heaven.
Martin clearly values and believes in Laird, and it was a massive relief to Manchester United and the 20-year-old that it was Giovanni van Bronckhorst and not Martin, who replaced Steven Gerrard as Rangers manager.
Laird shining at Swansea
With four assists to his name already for the Swans from the right-wing back position, Laird has established himself as a key part in Martin’s system.
No Swansea City player has created more big chances in the Championship this season than Laird (5).
The Manchester United academy star also ranks number one in the Swans’ successful dribbles charts, where he has completed 37 of them.
Only three players currently average more dribbles per game than Laird (2.1) in the Championship, according to WhoScored.
The Swans currently sit ninth in the Championship table, six points off the play-off places, with 26 league games left to play.
Both Laird and Martin will be hoping to kick on after an impressive start to life in Wales.
There is no doubt that Laird enjoys the attacking side of his game more than defending, but his performances in the Championship have shown his ability to be resolute defensively.
In fact, Laird also sits top of Swansea’s tackling charts, where he has made 28, so far.
With Ralf Rangnick, a man who has built a reputation on trusting and developing young players, now in interim charge at Manchester United until the end of the season, before moving into a consultancy position for a further two years, Laird will be hoping his impressive performances catch the German’s eye.
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