Date: 4th January 2015 at 10:33pm
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Manager Paul Tisdale has said that he believes midfielder Matty Grimes has everything he needs to be a first team regular for Swansea following his move to the Premier League.

Speaking to the Official Site after the speculated move came to pass, the gaffer said of the talented 19 year old.

‘He’s a very good young player that has been a pivotal member of our team over the last 12 months. We’ll miss that of course, but as in any season the personnel will change and players move on and it is a gradually evolving team. We are prepared for it and were expecting it to happen so it’s not a surprise to us. But we will miss a very talented young player who we are very fond of. He has a been a great contributor towards our upturn in form over the last two or three months.’

Tisdale goes on to say that with hard work, keeping his feet on the ground and the obvious luck that all players need when they make such a dramatic step up the league pyramid, he remains ultra confident that Grimes will be a success at Swansea and go on to build on the international career he was forging for himself with England at U20 and younger levels.

‘He can be a first class player and I think he could play at the highest level. There needs to be more development and more improvement, he needs the circumstances to be right for him and as a player you can’t always dictate that. You need a moderate level of fortune so those things all stack up for you. And if he has the opportunity, I’m sure he’ll take it. Let’s hope he gets an opportunity – I really hope he does.’

One man who has played in the Premiership for us, Matt Oakley, said that for him it was never in doubt that Grimes would end up at that level – it was more a matter of when.

‘Not many have stepped up straight to the Premier League from League Two. But for him as a player I always knew that he had the ability to go that fair, it was just whether or not someone was going to come in and pay the money. Swansea have put the money up and I’m looking forward to seeing how far he can go. Matt has a very good attitude to training and games, and wants to play. So I’m pleased for him.’