Arriving from Jönköping last summer for £1.35m, Peter Gwargis spent the 2018-19 season with Brighton & Hove Albion’s youth and reserve teams.
All that hard work, impressing along the way, paid off this week when Graham Potter, who took over from Chris Hughton, decided to start him in the Carabao Cup fixture against Aston Villa.
Playing the full 90 minutes, the winger even managed to get himself an assist, albeit for the consolation goal in what ended up being a 3-1 home loss to Dean Smith’s side.
Despite the result, Gwargis is over the moon with the fact he has now made an appearance in the first-team and he told Fotbollskanalen in Sweden all about it.
He said: “It was really fun. A day that I put a lot of hard work and time in for. It was really nice to finally be able to make my debut. I’ve just got to keep working even harder”.
Only finding out about his inclusion in the team a few hours before the game, Gwargis said it did come as a ‘shock’, but thanked Graham Potter for trusting him.
He said: “You see the impression he’s made on the team, who want to play the ball. I have followed his journey and what he has done. I see how he builds the team and it looks really good. He gave me a lot of advice yesterday on the plan and advised me on what to do.
“He’s an incredibly good coach and it was very fun to come up and get the chance to learn”.
Now that he has his first game with the first-team, the young Swede wants more, and his next goal will be to start in the Premier League.
He explained: “It’s something I will fight everything for. Every time I check a home game and see the stadium is packed, you just think one day you could jump in and play.
“I got to taste it a little yesterday and it’s the best thing that’s happened in my career so far. I just want more and I’ll do everything in my power to reach that goal”.