Yan's thriving under Potter
Yan Dhanda is pledging to give his all to land a place in Graham Potter’s team after saluting Swansea City’s new manager.
The Swans did not have a boss when Dhanda swapped Liverpool for the Liberty Stadium earlier this summer.
But Dhanda, who moved to SA1 because he is hungry for first-team football, was delighted to see Potter named as Carlos Carvalhal’s successor.
“I was so happy when he got the job,” the attacking midfielder said.
“He’s exactly what I want in a manager – he loves to play the style that I like.
“He’s a really nice man and everything you want in a manager. He’s got time for every single person, so I think it’s going to be good working under him.
“I really think he can bring out the best in me and I’ll give everything to play for him.”
Dhanda’s challenge is to convince Potter that he is ready for the Championship.
The 19-year-old is yet to play senior football, but is a technically gifted player who hopes to prove he is worth a first-team chance.
He did himself no harm after coming on as a substitute in Tuesday’s opening pre-season friendly at Yeovil, scoring the equalising goal as the Swans came back from 1-0 down to win 2-1.
“I wasn’t even expecting to come on, but the manager put me on and I had 20 minutes to show what I can do,” Dhanda added.
“Luckily, I got a goal and was able to show what I’m capable of. Hopefully, the manager was impressed with me.
“Every chance I get, I’m just going to try to show what I’m capable of. Hopefully, the manager enjoys the way I play.
“If he gives me the chance to play in the Championship, it’s down to me to show what I can do.”
Dhanda, who hails from the West Midlands, says he is enjoying life both on and off the pitch in South West Wales.
“It’s lovely down here,” he added. “Every single player has been nice to me and made me feel welcome. I feel like I’ve been here ages already.”