Nordfeldt's praise for Potter

5th April 2019
First team

Kristoffer Nordfeldt has hailed Graham Potter for boosting his confidence and getting the best out of his qualities.

The Swedish stopper has found himself in a battle with Erwin Mulder for the goalkeeper position this season, with Nordfeldt having featured 17 times compared to the Dutchman’s 27 appearances.

With Mulder sidelined for the rest of the campaign, Nordfeldt looks set to don the gloves for the Swans’ remaining games including Saturday’s upcoming home fixture with Middlesbrough.

The 29-year-old played a key role on Tuesday night as the Swans ended their four-game losing run with a convincing 3-0 win over Brentford.

But it was his contribution going forward – rather than stopping attempts at goal – which caught the eye as Nordfeldt’s pinpoint 85-yard punt upfield set up Nathan Dyer’s second goal of the evening.

His composure on the ball and ability to start attacks from the back are big qualities which are hugely effectively in Potter’s way of playing.

And Nordfeldt feels the Swans boss’ approach has benefitted him massively.

“He gives me a lot of confidence and tries to get the best out of me,” said Nordfeldt.

“Playing out from the back – the Swansea Way - is something we moved away from in past seasons, but under this manager we are bringing his type of the Swansea Way back.

“The gaffer and his background staff make it really easy for us to play.

“Everyone knows where they need to be and I know which areas I need to hit when in possession.

“It may look simple but it’s not. We have great support around this system, so it makes it easier for me to play from the back.

“With this manager in charge we look to play more, and especially with the pace we have up top it’s a big threat for us.

“Playing nice football is what we want to do, but it’s great option knowing we can go behind their lines as well.”