'What a feeling'

5th August 2018
First team

Yan Dhanda is savouring the moment his dream came true at Sheffield United, declaring: “It’s a great feeling.”

Dhanda made an extraordinary impact on his Swansea City debut, scoring a late winning goal with his first touch in senior football.

The summer signing from Liverpool had been on the field for just 29 seconds when he collected possession from Barrie McKay and fired the ball into the net.

It was a remarkable moment for the teenager, who left Anfield to join the Swans because he was desperate for a first-team chance.

But Dhanda had an idea of what might happen when he came on – because he had rehearsed the scenario so often in his head.

“I can’t believe it – I am so happy to score on my debut,” the attacking midfielder said.

“It’s what I have dreamed of and I am so glad it has finally happened. It’s a great feeling.

“When the ball broke down the side I was just sprinting to get in the box and believing it would fall to me. It did fall to me and luckily my shot went in.

“Once I knew I was in the squad, I was just thinking about getting on and scoring. I imagined it all day, coming on and scoring on my debut. I replayed it over and over in my head.

“It was like it had happened before because I had imagined it so many times.”

While Dhanda knew all about the lead-up to the goal, the aftermath is much less clear.

The Swans celebrated wildly having secured a first league win at Bramall Lane since 1939, and a first travelling success anywhere in 2018.

Graham Potter’s team were in trouble when George Baldock put Sheffield United ahead on 62 minutes, but Oli McBurnie responded nine minutes later and then Dhanda struck four minutes from time.

“What happened after the ball went into the net is all a bit of a blur,” Dhanda added through a smile.

“I can’t remember exactly what went on, but I am sure my mum’s recorded the game so the first thing I will do is go and watch it back.”