Ethan Laird has without a doubt been Manchester United’s best tenant in the first part of the season.
With 14 players sent out on loan deals over the summer, it’s an achievement to be proud of.
Laird has four assists from right-back loaned out to Swansea City this season and he has impressed in the end for the club.
Swansea sit in 12th place, just three points left from the playoffs.
In an interview with The Athletic, Laird, 20, discussed his experience to date and his hopes for the future.
Most striking is his confidence that he believes he can make a difference when he returns to United if he continues on his current path.
Laird said: “Their success affects me, so I want them to do well. I’m keeping an eye on them. It’s a step I can not wait for because I believe in myself that I can do it. “But I have to show it.”
The young talent has the right attitude. He is confident but not arrogant. He knows he’s only part of the way to putting together a successful championship season.
Swansea have only played 17 out of 46 league games and therefore Laird need to maintain its consistency ahead of the decision time next summer.
He also needs a little luck. An injury prevented him from playing for United in the pre-season and he will have to avoid a repeat next summer.
Exciting battle for right back
Laird will take part in a crowded but winning battle for the right-back spot next season.
Getting past Aaron Wan-Bissaka is the main goal, but there may also be competition from Diogo Dalot and Brandon Williams.
Of course, it is possible that Dalot will move on, and Williams’ loan at Norwich is not going too well right now.
The biggest threat to Laird is the prospect of a new signing at right back in January.
If a new manager comes in, they can identify the position as one where a more experienced player is needed.
Laird is just going to next summer with the situation still the same. He would have the right to imagine his chances of becoming an attacking upgrade over Wan-Bissaka.
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