Carroll is one of the smaller midfield men in Garry Monk’s Swansea squad, but he’s revealed he doesn’t see the point in becoming fixated on the physical reputation of the Premier League.
“I didn't think the physical side was a problem on Saturday (against West Ham). That was never a problem I don't feel for either of us. People may say that, but they're just words to me,” said the youngster.
“Whoever you play against you have to compete, but you have to let the ball do the talking as well.”
“You always get people questioning your size, but with the coaches I've had, the likes of Tim Sherwood, Les Ferdinand, Chris Ramsey and Alex Inglethorpe, they're people that trust your ability on the ball.”
One of the things Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for in any of his players out on loan is progression.
Carroll seems to have improved his core strength, which now makes him a difficult player to get the better of.
He’s also technically skilful enough to be able to move possession on effectively under pressure, which reduces the chance that he’s going to get clattered in a midfield battle against another player.
He hasn’t played as much as he probably would have been hoping for this season (ten appearances in all competitions) but he has the makings of a player who can sit and pull strings in the Tottenham midfield of the future.
For now though he seems content to focus on playing a key role for Swansea and improving his loan side’s position in the top half of the Premier League table.