One-Time Swansea City Flop Secures Top Flight European Deal

Swansea City flop Kristoffer Peterson is on the move again, joining Dutch side Fortuna Sittard on a two-and-a-half-year deal. 

The Swedish winger joins them from Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Be’er Sheva on a free transfer, just six months after joining them on a three-year deal.

“I am happy to return to the Dutch fields,” he said on securing the move. “I have had very nice periods here, and I therefore, know well what to expect from the Dutch competition. I hope to get fit as soon as possible and to be able to contribute to the successes of this team,”

The speed with which Peterson has signed for and left a club will not surprise Swansea City fans, as he spent a similarly short period of time with them either side of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Peterson started his career in his homeland with Sävedalens IF but was snatched up by Liverpool at just 16. He worked under Steve Cooper at Anfield and had a brief loan spell with Tranmere Rovers. He was given the squad number 54 after returning and played in pre-season games for Brendan Rodgers’ side against Shamrock and Brondby in 2014/15.

His time at Anfield came to an end without a senior appearance, and he moved to FC Utrecht, and latterly Heracles Almelo in the Netherlands, before heading back to the UK with Swansea City.

The 29-year-old will not be remembered fondly by supporters at the Liberty Stadium. Signed in 2019 by former mentor Steve Cooper, he cost the Swans a reported £500,000, which could have risen to £1m with appearances and goals.

He made his debut on the opening day of the 2019 season, scoring his first and only goal for the club a few weeks later in the EFL Cup during a 6-0 win against Cambridge. Sadly, his appearances were sporadic after that, and he left on loan for Utrecht. The following season saw him sealing a permanent move to 2. Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2021 before heading to Israel in the summer.

He joins a Fortuna team currently 10th out of 18 in the Dutch top flight, although in terms of points, they’re just five clear of the third from bottom side and 13 shy of the Europa League spots.

Writer’s View

Kristoffer Peterson is a name that Swansea fans probably didn’t expect to read today. Aside from one goal in a 6-0 rout, he failed to impress in South Wales, just as he failed to impress at Anfield.

He was touted as the next big thing once, and Steve Cooper was convinced he’d get the best out of him at Swansea. The speed with which he has moved from Israel to the Netherlands is reminisce of his time in Wales, but unlike 2019, what happens next won’t bother Swansea City fans.

Capped once by his country. Peterson is looking to reignite his career at a side that is firmly ensconced in midtable this season. You might not have expected to read his name today, but given his previous moves and form, it’s probably the last time (this season at least) that Kristoffer Peterson will pop up in conversation in South Wales.

 

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