Steve Cooper | Gyokeres can add new dimension

2nd October
First team
Viktor Gyokeres

Steve Cooper believes loan signing Viktor Gyokeres will bring a new dimension to Swansea City’s attacking game.

The Sweden international joined the Swans from Premier League side Brighton on a season-long loan deal earlier today.

The 22-year-old’s arrival bolsters the Swans’ attacking options, which include Andre Ayew, Jamal Lowe and Liam Cullen.

And Cooper was delighted to welcome Gyokeres into his squad ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash with Millwall at the Liberty.

“First of all, we are delighted he is here,” said the Swans head coach.

"We are grateful to Brighton for the way they’ve been in terms of communication and believing we are the right club for Viktor, because we believe he’s right for us.

“We have had to wait patiently for Viktor because he’s a player we really wanted. He was one we identified very early on in preparation for this season as a good fit.

“We have got a striker that has some good experience behind him on a domestic and international level despite being relatively young.

“He can do all sides of the game. He scores goals and is a handful of a player, but at the same time he’s a good footballer who really works hard for the team, which we really like in all areas of the pitch.

Viktor Gyokeres

“He’s definitely a different type of player to the attacking options we already have.

“We have a good variety in our attacking options and systems we might want to use. He can play in a two-man or one-man attack.”

Gyokeres, who will wear squad number 14, is available to make his debut against Millwall tomorrow.

Gyokeres has topped up his match sharpness with three appearances, scoring once, in the Carabao Cup for the Seagulls under former Swans boss Graham Potter this season.

And Cooper is confident he joins the squad ready to play his part.

“He’s played three games in the last three weeks, which is similar to us, so he comes in match ready,” added Cooper.

“We have the international break next week and that allows us to do more work with him.”