Matt Grimes has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season at Swansea City which culminated in him sweeping up at the club’s awards evening.
The midfielder was voted Players’ Player of the Season and Supporters’ Player of the Season to round off a campaign where he has established himself as a key figure at the heart of Graham Potter’s midfield.
Grimes has made 45 appearances this season and has not missed a minute of competitive football since October to help the Swans secure at 10th-placed finish and reach the FA Cup quarter-final.
Unsurprisingly, his form has not gone unnoticed by Premier League clubs and he has now been linked with a move to Everton this summer.
Swansea’s financial troubles since relegation have been well-documented so the owners are likely to be interested in selling Grimes if they can generate a sizeable fee. This would then leave the decision in Grimes’ hands.
In terms of playing style alone, Everton would represent a good move for the Exeter City academy product. If deployed correctly, he would be able to dictate play from the centre of midfield with his excellent close-range passing ability that would be a good fit in Marco Silva’s system.
However, Grimes must look for reassurances regarding game time before making this switch. He has worked hard to get his break at Swansea by spending time in the development squad and out on loan, so he will not want to hamper his development by suddenly dropping to the bench again.
However, the 23-year-old does have versatility in his favour. He has been used in attacking and defensive midfield roles this season, while he has also featured across the back-line. His ability to adapt would only help him settle into a Premier League side, as it could well lead to more playing time.
Grimes faces a difficult decision if Everton do come in for him. But as long as he is guaranteed game time, there is no reason why he should not make the switch. He has certainly proven this season he is capable of operating to Premier League standard.