These are your Swansea City headlines on Tuesday, November 23.
Grimes Deadline Memories
Swansea skipper Matt Grimes has revealed what happened on deadline day – adding his reasons for signing a new deal with Russell Martin’s men.
The 26-year-old delighted fans this week by signing a new four-way deal with the Swansea.com stadium team after a summer of speculation linking him to Championship rival Fulham.
The move never took place as the Cottagers failed to reach Swansea’s assessment.
Grimes said: âThere was a conversation in the morning and it looked like it was going to continue and then sort of quickly turned.
âIt wasn’t really all about the thread, the conversations were going on all day. It just never happened.
“I’m very happy here and I think a lot happier here than I would have been there, to be honest.”
It’s clear that Grimes is a key part of what Martin is trying to achieve in Landore. He has played every minute in the league so far this season.
His decision to stay was based solely on football, he added.
âThe decision was made because I want to stay here. It wasn’t about signing for a year or two so the club could get more money for me, âhe said.
âIt wasn’t at all the case, I went to the manager and told him that I wanted to be part of this project.
âTo be honest with you, it would have absolutely broken my heart if I had ended up on another Championship team and had to play that style of football and be beaten like we beat teams.
âI had to be part of it, I went straight and said I was engaged in this project, I want to sign a new agreement here.
âIt was never a question of getting a few extra pounds, it’s not part of the plan at all. I want to be here and bring this club back to the Premier League.
âEvery week we have the chance to work and the manager implements his ideas, he tells us the way he wants us to play, the intensity of his way of working is unmatched.
“I think he improves the whole locker room, I think every player can look at himself in the mirror and say ‘I’m a much better player under this manager’ and whoever comes into the squad or club will find that ‘is the case.
“It’s fantastic to work with him and I think he’s taking places at this club.”
Town stars praise McAtee
James McAtee’s brilliant cameo for Manchester City grabbed attention this weekend, with the David Silva ‘clone’ announced by Gary Neville.
Swansea’s transfer target came off the bench against Everton late and provided a few moments of real spark.
His manager, Pep Guardiola, was impressed, as were his teammates, who flocked to congratulate the 19-year-old on his Premier League salvation.
Writing on Instagram, he said: ” A proud moment for me and my family making my Premier League debut, it’s always like a dream, thank you for all the support and messages. “
Swansea is reportedly interested in a loan for the attacking midfielder in January.
“We owe them one”
Barnsley’s Callum Brittain says the Tykes âprobably oweâ Swansea one after failing to beat them last season.
Swansea faced them four times last season, with the Swans winning three of their four encounters, including in the play-off semi-finals.
Brittain says it’s time for revenge on Wednesday night.
“It has to start happening tomorrow,” he said. “We’re at home, we have our fans here, first game under Poya, so we should have the momentum to crack now.
âBut we know it’s a challenge, as always at this level.
âSwansea are a good team, I played under the manager’s direction there, when I was at MK Dons, and I played alongside him. So I have a lot of respect for him. think I know what to expect from his end, but I would like to have one against him too!
âWe didn’t beat Swansea last season so hopefully tomorrow will be different. We probably owe them one.
Barnsley boss gets to work
New Barnsley Boss Poya Asbaghi ââsays his side will reflect the hardworking nature of the city he represents.
Asbaghi, 36, takes charge of the Tykes for the first time tomorrow night against Swansea, and although he’s not been in Yorkshire for too long, he already knows what is expected of him.
“I didn’t know much about the town of Barnsley before I arrived, but what I learned is that it is a town with people who have nothing free in their lives,” said he declared.
âNormally they have to work a lot to get the same result as the others with less effort. It becomes a pretty charming picture of a city that lives for this football club.
âWe’re in the same position in the league where we have to work maybe twice as hard as everyone else, but I’m pretty sure we can have that mentality. Together, with all the supporters, we can beat the odds again because that is what this city always does. “