Yan aims to make gains
Yan Dhanda is doing all he can to complete the transition from academy prospect to first-team star at Swansea City.
Dhanda made a spectacular start to life as a Swan, scoring with his first touch in senior football to give Graham Potter’s team an opening-day win at Sheffield United back in August.
The former Liverpool youngster made a further three appearances – two of them starts – in the opening stages of the season.
But having not featured in the first team since September 18, Dhanda has dropped down to the under-23s to get some game-time in recent weeks.
And the attacking midfielder, who turns 20 on Friday, is remaining upbeat as he looks to secure another opportunity to impress at senior level.
“I always look to stay positive and when I get my chance on the pitch it is down to me to show what I can do,” Dhanda said.
“I keep my mindset positive at all times. Whether I am playing in the first team or the under-23s, I aim to keep improving in every game.
“I love how Swansea play football – it suits me – and I am enjoying my time here.
“I do need to get used to playing against grown men. I hadn’t played first-team football before coming to Swansea, so it is about trying to get used to that physical difference.
“I am working hard on the pitch and in the gym and doing everything I can to make those gains.”
Dhanda, a free transfer recruit from Liverpool in the summer, played his first game for the Swans’ under-23s in late October.
He has since made five more appearances for the development side and may feature again when they face Hertha Berlin in the Premier League International Cup at Landore on Thursday (7pm).
Looking a little further down the line, Dhanda hopes the busy festive fixture list could mean a chance to get back into the first-team picture.
“It has been good to get those minutes in the under-23s,” Dhanda said.
“I hope I am showing what I can do and that I can play my way to another chance at the top level.
“With so many games coming up over Christmas, I am hoping I can work my way back into the squad.
“I am training hard and playing my best for the under-23s. Hopefully I will get another chance to show what I can do.”
*Entry is free to Thursday's night's under-23 game against Hertha Berlin. However, there will be no parking available at Landore.
You can also watch the game live and free on Swans TV Live and Facebook.