Swansea City midfielder Matt Grimes was praised by Northampton Town caretaker boss Dean Austin after a “masterclass” performance in a 3-2 win against Bury earlier this month.
Grimes assisted two of Town’s three goals in the game, and has been tipped as one of their main sources of inspiration as they look to avoid relegation from League One this season.
They currently sit in 22nd place, 2 points from safety with 2 games to play, but they’ve played a game more than the four teams above them.
“I thought Matt Grimes was fantastic, I’m really pleased for him because he’s come in for some stick.
“As a midfield player, this boy has the lot, he really does. Unfortunately, at times, he overdoes it because he wants to play and he wants someone to play with all the time, but on Saturday he was very good.
“I spoke with the midfield players on Thursday about certain things in terms where I thought we got undone tactically at Blackpool and for me, as in what I asked him to do, he played the absolute masterclass of a holding midfield position.”
The 22 year-old has split opinion at Northampton, with his lack of consistency being the main subject of criticism, but he has hit some form, and is in the top 5 players in the League for most assists this season. He’s been a first team regular too, making 41 League appearances, scoring 3 goals.
Grimes signed for the Swans back in 2015 from Exeter City for a fee around £1.75m, but has yet to stake his claim for a place in the senior squad, having had three loan spells so far, including his recent one at Northampton.
His contract expires in 2019, and you wonder if he’ll be another young player like Rory Donnelly – signed with plenty of potential from a lower level, but failing to make the step up. He struggled to impress in the few cup appearances he made early on in his Swansea career, and it was clear that he needed a loan move to grow.
Watch below (skip to 1:51) as Grimes curls in a superb free-kick to give Northampton the win at Gillingham: