Joel Piroe's focus praised by Swans boss Martin

3rd September 2022
First team
Joel Piroe shoots against QPR

Swansea City head coach Russell Martin praised the focus of Joel Piroe after the Dutchman shook off failing to convert an early penalty to score the winner against Queens Park Rangers.

The Dutchman made it three goals in three games as he slid home from Ollie Cooper’s smart through ball.

He had earlier been denied from the spot when Seny Dieng made a terrific save low down to his left, after Rob Dickie had been penalised for handball.

Swans boss Martin reiterated how important it had been to keep hold of last season’s top scorer, and hailed the way the forward has remained focused and professional despite speculation over his future and continued to work so hard for his team.

“What a brilliant young man he is, really. You see how much he’s grown over the last year,” he said.

“What he gives us physically out of possession is underestimated and goes under the radar. “He is so clever in the way he presses, in what he does for the team. He had to do a lot of that today.

Joel Piroe celebrates goal v QPR

“He’s contributed a goal, the way he’s dealt with all the speculation, all the noise, is incredible. He’s so focused and we’ve put him in a position where he wants to play. 

“We were shocked he missed the penalty, such are the standards he sets himself. He’s really annoyed in the dressing room. He scored the winning goal, but he's angry with himself. 

“We’re lucky to have him. The best piece of business we did was to keep him for sure. He does love it here, he means it when he says it.

“The relationship he has with the staff and the rest of the players is great. He’s held in such high esteem. The way he behaves is fantastic. I’m really pleased for him. 

It’s been difficult to try and accommodate him and Michael [Obafemi]. We’ve found a way to play him in the position he has been playing in. He’s so good at it. He scored so many goals last season. He’s now playing as a number nine where he wants to play. 

I’m really pleased, he’s got three in three now and I expect he will hit the heights and look to better what he did last season.”