Tottenham Hotspur owned Tom Carroll has explained what he hopes he’s showing his parent club during his loan spell at Swansea City.
Carroll is perhaps a little unfortunate that there are so many good central midfield options ahead of him in the pecking order at White Hart Lane, but he’s got stuck in with the Swans and is making the most of his opportunity.
However, he’s also admitted that it was a strange switch, moving from the busy capital to a more relaxed Welsh setting.
“It was a bit of a surprise when I first arrived at the training ground at Fairwood and I had to wait for a horse to cross the road before driving in,” Carroll told Swansea’s official website.
“It’s very different to London, but I’ve settled in well now. It’s a completely different life.”
“I came here to gain experience of playing in the Premier League, and I’ve got to take my chance. Hopefully I’ve shown in recent games that I’m capable of playing at this level.”
The two main things that Mauricio Pochettino would have been looking for from any of his players away on loan from Tottenham would have been for them to stay injury free and for them to embrace the philosophy of their loan clubs.
Carroll has so far checked both boxes and could give Pochettino a positive problem looking ahead to the summer and next season.
“Off the pitch, it’s a calmer place than what I’m used to but, on the pitch, I’m really enjoying my football, so fingers crossed I can continue to play well for the rest of the season.”
Credit must go to Garry Monk for the way he’s used Carroll in the Swansea side, exposing him to pressure situations but withdrawing him for protection when he’s needed it.
It’s all looking very good for the Tottenham youngster.