Pundit praises Swansea star who could be in hot water after derby clash

Date published: Wednesday 20th October 2021 9:57 - Sean Byrne

Swansea City's Jamie Paterson (right) celebrates scoring for his side.

Derby County’s Curtis Davies was full of praise for former team-mate Jamie Paterson after his strong start to life at Swansea. 

Davies featured as a pundit on Sky Sports ahead of Swansea’s Championship clash against West Brom. When asked about Paterson, Davies was very complimentary of the forward’s impressive start to the new campaign. The centre-back also admitted he would have liked to see Paterson back at Pride Park.

He said: “I’d have liked him back at Derby. He’s able to do the 1% of things a lot of players in this league can’t do.

“He is able to have the bottle to try and find that needle pass, and also execute it. 

“He’s a friend of mine so I am biased, but he’s a top player.”

Paterson spent the first half of the 2019/20 season on loan to the Rams from Bristol City, making 12 appearances.

This summer Paterson found himself out of contract and was signed as a free agent by Swansea City.

After scoring on his debut, Paterson also got his side’s opening goal in their emphatic victory against rivals Cardiff City.

Davies said he feels the new signing suits Swansea’s style of play and expects the player to be a great success in South Wales.

“I think it was the perfect team for him, with the manager and the way he wants to play.

“He had a few trials, found himself at Swansea and I think it’s a match made in heaven.”

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Cardiff City contact police after derby

Cardiff City have contacted South Wales police over controversial celebrations performed by Paterson and manager Russell Martin.

The Bluebirds claim Paterson’s ‘swim away’ gesture was an offensive reference to a violent clash between rival supporters in the 1980’s.

The club are also unhappy images of Mick Mccarthy and chief executive Ken Choo were shown on the stadium’s big screen, leading to abuse from home supporters. 

“We can confirm that we are in dialogue with Swansea City, South Wales Police and the EFL over a number of issues of concern,” a Cardiff City spokesperson told the BBC.

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