Flynn Downes | This is a great club, it's been easy to settle in
Flynn Downes is loving life at Swansea City and has found the adjustment to life on and off the field to be as seamless as he had hoped.
The 22-year-old joined the Swans from Ipswich Town in August for an undisclosed fee, and has made an impressive start to life in SA1.
He is among the leading Championship players for pass completions, pass accuracy and interceptions when adjusted for the amount of possession Swansea have had.
And he could easily have had a couple of goals to his name too, having gone close against Huddersfield and Fulham in recent games.
Downes’ opening weeks as a Swan have been all the more impressive given he recently revealed how heavily impacted he had been by Covid-19.
But he says the environment he has found at the club has given him the foundation to confidently get on with his work and getting used to his new surroundings.
“I think it has been very easy for all the new boys to settle in because the club is such a welcoming environment, everyone is so nice and you can tell that all anyone wants is for the club to succeed,” he said.
“I think there are an awful lot of very good players here, I can see that in the level of training every day and in what it requires of me in terms of needing to be ready to perform at a high level every single day.
“I’ve loved that part of it, it’s a squad with so much quality and we know it’s coming.
“We know we are not there yet, there’s a lot still to do and it’s hard to say exactly when we will get to where we want to be.
“I think if we keep improving as we have been then things are going to go well, but there’s also a long-term side of it. You are never going to be the finished article in just another couple of games.
“In fact, I don’t think any side is ever the finished article. It doesn’t matter who you are and who you play for, no side is perfect, every side makes mistakes and every side will lose games.
“It’s a new way of playing, it’s intense. We get the stats after every game and you can see things like the centre-backs are making somewhere around 100 sprints a game. That’s a completely new thing to me, and I’ve never been near that before.
“So that just shows how different it is but we are adapting well, you can see how dominant we have been in games. We are getting there.”