Swansea City have today announced that Kristoffer Peterson will join FC Utrecht on-loan for the remainder of the season.
The 25-year-old arrived in South Wales from Dutch outfit Heracles in the summer, reuniting with Steve Cooper who he’d previously worked under in the Liverpool youth academy.
Having scored 12 Eredivisie goals last season, Peterson had high expectations surrounding him. But the Swede has only made seven Championship appearances so far this season, is without a goal and has played in just one of Swansea’s last nine in the league.
Utrecht, a former club of Peterson’s, have announced today that they’ve signed him on-loan, much to the anger of a lot of Swansea fans.
But his departure will open the door for some of the younger players at the club to try and break into the first-team, and here we take a look at three who could potentially do so:
Kees de Boer
Swansea’s young Dutchman has been turning heads for the U23 side this season, and could well make his Championship debut for the club with Peterson’s departure.
De Boer is more of a centralised player than Peterson is, but having made his debut for the club in the League Cup back in August, and having remained impressive for the U23’s, could well be in-line to make his full league debut for Cooper.
Fans know all about de Boer and are excited to see what the 19-year-old’s future has in store – it’d be a gamble for Cooper to throw him into the first-team, but one that could easily pay-off.
The 19-year-old Paulet joined Swansea in the summer of 2018 from Belgian side Club Brugge. He’s a right-footed central midfield player who can also don the right-flank, and one who looks set to break into the Swansea first-team in the coming months as well.
He’s been a key figure for Swansea U23’s in the Premier League 2 this season, playing 9 games in total. He’s yet to score for the club in that division, but fans are starting to talk highly about Paulet.
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Along with de Boer, Paulet has been the creative force for Swansea’s development squad, and with Peterson’s departure, Paulet could well be in-line for an unexpected call-up to Cooper’s first-team.
This is a another player who Swansea fans rate highly, but Cooper has again opted not to play him that much this season.
He’s featured just eight times for Swansea in the Championship this season, and has scored two goals in the league, including the winner in his side’s 1-0 win over Charlton at the start of the month.
He’s since sat the the last three games on the bench but with Peterson’s departure, he could well be in Cooper’s plans for the remainder of the season. The 21-year-old has great technical ability and pedigree having arrived from Liverpool in 2018, and is one who Swans fans think will go on to be a top player for the club.