Nordfeldt's high hopes

25th July 2018
Pre-season

He knows all about the “massive things” Graham Potter achieved in Swedish football.

It is no surprise, therefore, that Kristoffer Nordfeldt has high hopes for Potter’s Swansea City.

The Swans’ Sweden international goalkeeper is getting to know his new manager having rejoined his club-mates this week after a World Cup summer.

But even before returning to Swans duty, Nordfeldt was aware of Potter’s potential.

“Coming from Sweden, I know well what the manager did out there,” he says.

“He did some massive things with Ostersund. You can see that when you look at where they were and where they are now.

“Also, I think the way they wanted to play football is identical to the way we want to play at Swansea.

“The job he did was very highly regarded in Sweden.

“It’s a small club up north, not really in a football city. But in a short period he made a big impression in Swedish football, reaching the Europa League and winning at the Emirates.

“I am excited to work under him.”

Nordfeldt is battling Erwin Mulder for the goalkeeper’s shirt in Potter’s team following the summer departure of Lukasz Fabianski.

The former Heerenveen No. 1 has had to be patient since joining the Swans three years ago, but is determined to seize the opportunity created by Fabianski’s move to West Ham.

And despite the difficulties of last season, Nordfeldt is optimistic heading into the new Championship campaign.

“It was obviously a very disappointing end to last season,” he says.

“It was difficult, but now I think everyone around the club sees there are a lot of changes and hopefully it’s going to mean a brighter future for us.

“I think we will do well – all of us have the ambition to be promoted. We know it’s a really tough league and a long season.

“There will be ups and downs, but we have to make sure the downs are over really quickly and there are not too many.”