Kristoffer Peterson | I have to keep my head down and work hard
Kristoffer Peterson got his first Championship start under his belt against Brentford, and the Swansea City winger has vowed to continue putting in the hard work in training to ensure more follow.
The former Heracles man has had to bide his time for first-team action since his summer move to the Liberty, having not had a full pre-season.
He had featured in the Carabao Cup but, handed his chance to impress against the Bees, his showing was a positive on a disappointing night for Steve Cooper’s side.
The Sweden international was a threat throughout, and came agonisingly close to finding the net after a direct run into the area gave him room to clip a curling effort beyond David Raya, but also just beyond the far post.
And, having admitted to being frustrated at a lack of game time and his own performances in training, Peterson is determined to ensure he sees action on a regular basis.
“I want to pay back the club for believing in me. Personally, I just have to push on and keep improving every day in training,” he said.
“It has been frustrating at times watching from the sidelines. I would be lying if I said otherwise.
“Having said that, it is a process and you have to trust the process. I am not here to moan, sulk or complain, I just put my head down and try to convince the gaffer that I want to be involved.
“In the beginning, I put my hands up that my training wasn’t good enough, it is not that I was sloppy or unprofessional, but the staff knew what I was capable of.
“I finally started showing what I can do in training and that is what led me to my first Championship start.
“The gaffer is not going to give me opportunities for the sake of it, just because the club signed me or because he knows how I played at other clubs before I joined.
“I feel like I am now starting to adapt, it’s a new life, a new situation and I believe every day matters.
“Every training session is an opportunity to impress the training staff and I feel like I’m doing that now."