'We're playing the Swansea style'

18th October 2018
First team

Matt Grimes reckons Swansea City are developing into a side opponents won’t enjoy facing thanks to Graham Potter’s possession game.

The Swans became renowned as a difficult team to contend with as they passed their way from League One to the Premier League.

The club’s eye-catching approach – dubbed the Swansea Way – continued to serve them well as they thrived for a number of years at the top level.

The feeling after relegation last season was that the Swans had paid the price for failing to maintain that passing style.

But Grimes reckons Potter’s influence means the Swans are now heading in the right direction once more.

“Training is first class and we’re playing the style of football that Swansea are known for,” he said.

“I don’t think teams are enjoying playing against us because of the style we play.

“A few results have been a little disappointing, but we just need to keep improving game by game and hopefully we can eventually get back to where we belong.”

Grimes has played his part as the Swans have produced some attractive football in the early months of Potter’s Liberty reign.

It has been a good season so far for the 23-year-old, who has featured in all but one of the club’s 13 games so far.

Whether operating in central midfield or at left-back, Grimes has done enough to suggest that he will have a role to play throughout 2018-19.

“I feel like I could just keep going and play as many games as possible,” he added.

“I did it last year when I was on loan at Northampton, so why can’t I do it again this year?

“I love the style of football we are playing – it’s perfect for me. The gaffer has come in and given me a chance which is what I felt I always needed.”

The Swans return to action after the international break at Aston Villa on Saturday.

“Our away form has been good,” Grimes said.

“If we keep performing as we have done, the results will come.

“Villa have a new manager who likes to play football and will have them set up to play, so it should be a very good football match.”