Matt Grimes | We all know the quality Joel Piroe brings

26th December 2022
First team
Joel Piroe celebrates goal v QPR

Swansea City captain Matt Grimes rates Joel Piroe as one of the best finishers he has played with, but feels the Dutchman’s other attributes should not be overlooked.

Piroe, 23, took his tally for the season to six in the draw with Coventry, steering in a Ryan Manning cross to spark Swansea’s fightback from 3-0 down to earn a point at the CBS Arena.

The former PSV Eindhoven forward also played a key role in the equaliser; his header from a Grimes cross striking the post to allow Liam Cullen to tap in the rebound.

Overall that is now 30 goals in Swansea colours for Piroe and while Grimes has no doubt goals will keep coming for the striker, he and his team-mates are also appreciative of additional aspects of his game.

“I am sure the goal will do him good, but we all know what Joel is about and how good a player he is,” said Grimes.

“He is a goalscorer, and he is probably one of the best finishers I have ever played with.

“I train with him every day and some of the goals he scores are absolutely outrageous, and he has produced that in games a number of times.

“But we have to remember he cannot score every week, and it’s not fair to put that sort of pressure on him.

“He also contributes to the team in many other ways, like his work without the ball his quality in our build-up on it.

“But we know he is capable of popping up with goals in key moments, like he did at Coventry and he obviously nearly had another one at the end that Liam Cullen finished off.

“Everyone knows what he is about, he may not have scored as many goals as he did last season but goals will come for him because of his quality and the hard work he puts in.”