Ethan Laird has started his loan spell at Swansea City in excellent form, earning plaudits from pundits and fans alike.
The 20-year-old Manchester United loanee got his first taste of consistent first-team action with MK Dons last season, signing on loan with the Buckinghamshire club in early January. Whilst at The Dons, Laird established himself as a fixture for then-manager Russell Martin, appearing 24 times in League One.
Clearly, Martin is a big fan of the versatile defender, having opted to take him on loan again this season in the Championship, in his step-up to take the head coach role at Swansea over the summer.
Laird — who has turned out for England at the under-17, 18 and 19 levels — has made seven appearances in the league for the Championship side this season. The pick of the performances came as a right wing-back in Swansea's 3-3 draw with Luton Town earlier this month, where he earned his first assist.
And Martin has reflected on Laird's development into a consistent Championship player from the raw talent he nurtured at MK Dons.
"The Ethan that came through the door at MK Dons is very different to Ethan Laird now, in terms of the way he plays and the way he behaves day to day," explained the Swansea boss.
"I had a brilliant chat with his dad when he signed here. His dad is really grateful for the amount of work and time we've put into Ethan and how we treat him as a person. He's really grown up.
"He's a brilliant character, a real extrovert, a really confident lad in a humble way. He's brilliant for the group, especially the young guys, because he's an old head on young shoulders.
"Regardless of the game, he plays with real intensity. He's got a bit of swagger, and it comes from a big club. But, again, it's in a respectful way because he just wants to be a good player.
"We've loved him from day one at MK Dons, he was brilliant for us there, and that was why we were so keen to get him here.
"He had a lot of interest from this league because of what he did last year, and the only reason he came here is because he trusts us, he enjoys working with us, and he understands his role really clearly. So I'm really pleased we got him, and he's showing now what he can bring, but there's definitely more to come from him."
Impressed with Laird's early-season performances, Martin says United are confident that the young talent will continue to improve throughout the season.
"They feel it's a really good place for Ethan to keep developing and learning, and so do we," explained Martin.
"As long as he can keep doing what he's doing, train hard, and he's finding some real consistency now, which is really nice.
"I think the fans are enjoying him, the boys are definitely enjoying him, and that's what it's about."