Manchester United youngster Ethan Laird continues to impress and excel in the Championship with Swansea City.
The 20-year-old played the full game in yesterday’s 1-0 victory against Huddersfield Town, in what was yet another game that Laird’s qualities shone through.
That was Laird’s sixth straight Swansea start in the Championship, since he linked back up with Russell Martin, who he played under during a loan spell with Milton Keynes Dons last season.
Ethan Laird- one of the Championship’s best dribblers
In his first season playing in the Championship, Laird has stepped up and his development is definitely benefiting from playing week in, week out against quality players and senior teams.
In fact, Laird currently sits in the top four for the average number of dribbles per game in the Championship.
The right wing-back currently averages 2.3 dribbles per game, which can only be bettered by Marcus Tavernier (2.6), Siriki Dembele (2.9) and Josh Bowler (3.6) according to statistics gathered by WhoScored.
If yesterday’s performance was anything to go by, Laird’s dribbling output is only going to continue to improve.
He completed three dribbles against Huddersfield which was the most by any player.
Laird’s pacey and marauding runs have become a key part of Swansea’s attacking threat.
But his manager wants more and has challenged him to start getting on the scoresheet.
Defensive improvements to compliment attacking attributes
In yesterday’s victory against Huddersfield at the Liberty Stadium, alongside his constant attacking threat, Laird was also solid defensively.
No player from either side made more tackles than Laird (4), and he also registered one interception and made one clearance.
Another positive about Laird’s time at Swansea so far has been his ability to stay fit, if he had stayed fit at United at important times he may have been given further opportunities to build on his two Europa League appearances.
Ethan Laird will be focused on getting his loan club back up the table and improving on last season’s play-off final heartache.
If he manages to do that, then he might find himself in the Championship team of the year and sitting top of the dribbling charts come the end of the season.