Viktor Gyokeres eager to make mark after warm welcome
Viktor Gyokeres has appreciated the warm welcome he has received at Swansea City and is keen to build on a bright cameo appearance against Millwall.
The Sweden international, 22, joined the Swans on Friday on a season-long loan from Brighton, and less than 24 hours later he was stepping onto the pitch at the Liberty Stadium.
Gyokeres played the final 15 minutes of the 2-1 victory over the Lions, and showed some classy touches and movement as part of a handful of Swansea counter-attacks.
And he is looking forward to getting more game time under his belt and settling in quickly to his new surroundings.
"I have had a nice welcome here, everyone has been good to me and tried to make me feel at home," he said.
"The coaches, the players and the people around the club have been really good.
"I had been told this was a family club, and that made it a lot easier when it came to deciding to come here.
"It was good to get some minutes under my belt in the game, I want to have more of that and I want to show what I can do and help the team.
"I want to help us do the best we can, and help the team keep going because we have had a good start."
Gyokeres has won two caps for his country, and scored his first international goal in a draw with Iceland in 2019.
And, given he is a striker hailing from Sweden, it is perhaps no surprise to discover who his football hero and inspiration is.
"Of course I could not be where I am without my family and everything they have done for me," says Gyokeres.
"They are a big motivation for me. But, in terms of players I have looked up to, I would have to say Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
"You just look at his career and all the clubs he has played for, he has succeeded at every one of them.
"Even now, he is still able to play and perform at such a high level, you have to admire that.
"He is as big a star as you can get in Sweden, he is someone to look up to."