Arnor Gudjohnsen | It's my time to step up

1st March 2020
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Swansea City Under-23s forward Arnor Gudjohnsen says he is looking to step up to the plate for the development side ahead of their return to action against West Brom on Monday (7pm).

You can watch the match on and the Swansea City Facebook page from 7pm.

The young Swans welcome the Baggies to Landore for the Premier League 2 Division 2 showdown, and what will be their first match in just over three weeks.

Gudjohnsen will be eyeing another chance to lead the line for the development side, having played the full 90 minutes of their last two games against Newcastle United (league) and Reading (Premier League Cup).

The Icelandic youth international, who signed from Breiðablik in July 2017, has now made five appearances for the under-23s this season, having missed the first four months of the campaign following an unfortunate series of injuries including two torn hamstrings and a fractured ankle.

Now back to full fitness, the 19-year-old is looking for his first goal at this level and to subsequently fill the void left by top scorer Liam Cullen, who was promoted to Steve Cooper’s first-team squad following an impressive start to the season that saw him find the net on 17 occasions.

“Liam’s done very well over the past few months and deserves to have moved up to the first-team environment,” Gudjohnsen said.

“Now, it’s my time to step up and try to fill his shoes.

“I’m desperate for a goal and, hopefully, that will come tomorrow.

“I was out for a long time and not playing regularly, so it’s good to be back properly.

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“I’ve got two lots of 90 minutes under my belt against Newcastle and Reading, and I’m looking forward to getting more game time.”

West Brom arrive in South Wales occupying third place in the second tier of development football.

Deon Burton’s side will provide a tough challenge for the Swans, who are eighth in the table and just five points off the play-off places.

And Gudjohnsen says he and his team-mates cannot wait to step back onto the pitch.

“We’re all really excited; it will be a good test for us as a team,” he said.

“We’re very well-prepared for the game. It’s been over three weeks since we last played, so we’re all ready to get back out there.

“We must maintain our performance levels of recent weeks and, hopefully, we can get more wins.”