SWANSEA have completed the signing of Charlie Patino on a season-long loan from Arsenal.
The Championship side teased the teenager’s arrival with a hilarious video before the official announcement was made.Patino has signed for Swansea on a season-long loan[/caption]
In the clip, taken from an episode of Eastenders, iconic character Mo Harris is seen walking across the street while repeatedly shouting: “Charlie!”.
Fans found the tease hilarious, with one person tweeting: “Greatest announcement video OAT.”
Another added: “Never thought I would see Big Mo announce a transfer! Well played Swansea!”
A third wrote: “LOL no way they used Big Mo from Eastenders to announce Patino.”
While a fourth joked: “I now support Swansea, can’t believe they’ve used Eastenders to announce Patino.”
Patino joins the Swans on loan until the end of the 2023-24 Championship campaign.
Upon his arrival at the club, the 19-year-old midfielder said: “I’m really excited and can’t wait to get started.
“Playing against Swansea City last year was a really tough challenge so I’m really looking forward to being part of it.
“Swansea are a really good team with the ball in and out of possession. It just made me want to be part of it this year. I think this is a good place to help me develop, and I just want to get the team in the best possible position this year.
“The facilities here are Premier League standard and I’m really looking forward to working here every day. I’m looking forward to seeing the manager and players, and get training.
“I developed a lot last season at Blackpool. When you’re coming from an academy, it’s a lot different from being in a first team environment.
“In a first team, you’re fighting for three points every week and games are always just around the corner and it’s Saturday, Tuesday most weeks.
“I think learning on the pitch from a lot of experienced players at Blackpool was massive for me. And at Swansea as well, there’s a lot of experienced players and it will be great to learn from them.”
Patino spent the 2022-23 season on loan at Blackpool, where he scored three goals and provided four assists in 37 appearances.