'Better than Moses and Routledge' - Swansea's Matt Grimes praised

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Clinton Morrison worked with Matt Grimes at Exeter City and is tipping the Swansea City new boy to outshine the likes of Wayne Routledge and Victor Moses.

Matt Grimes has arrived in the Premier League at just 19 years of age.

Having caught the eye at Exeter City, the youngster has landed himself a dream move to the top-flight.

Swansea City have invested £1.7 million in his potential and are confident they have got themselves quite the bargain.

Grimes has been illuminating League Two for the past couple of seasons, but is now considered to be ready to make a sizeable step up in class.

A classy midfielder with a ‘wand’ of a left foot, the youngster is unlikely to be thrown in at the deep end by Garry Monk.

He is, however, being tipped by former team-mate Clinton Morrison to shine for the Swans, with the experienced striker of the opinion that Grimes is the hottest prospect he has had the pleasure of working alongside.

Morrison told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday: “I have played with some good youngsters, players like Wayne Routledge and Victor Moses, and this kid has got it all.

“I know it’s a big thing to say, but he could be one of the best. I know he’s at a young age but his left foot, it’s a wand.

“In training he works hard, he’s willing to learn and he’s got no ego. I think he knew he was leaving a month before the Swansea deal, but he just took it all in his stride. He wants to work hard, he’s a good player, and I think he’s got the potential to go all the way to the top.

“You could put him in now. Start him on the bench, I don’t think he’s ready to make that big step to the Premier League now, but he could be brought on for 20 minutes, half an hour, and give him a chance. But he has got that natural ability. He has got the lot.”

Grimes would probably settle for a career on a par with Routledge and Moses.

Both men graduated out of the academy system at Crystal Palace to catch the eye of Morrison and others and are now on the books at Swansea and Chelsea respectively – with Moses taking in a season-long loan at Stoke City.

To suggest that Grimes can better their achievements is a bold call to make at this stage, but he has shown that he has the raw talent required to be a star of the future and it is now up to the Swans to further unlock that potential.

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