David Moberg Karlsson

Karlsson settling in well

by Stuart Vose

Swede pleased with progress in Italy.

Summer recruit David Moberg Karlsson has admitted he has been pleasantly surprised by how he has slotted into training sessions with his new team-mates.

The 19-year-old was the first arrival on Wearside when he joined the club a number of weeks ago and he is enjoying being part of the club’s training camp.

The team arrived in Paolo Di Canio’s native Italy on Sunday afternoon and have taken part in a number of training sessions, which now include US striker Jozy Altidore who linked up with his new team-mates yesterday.

Karlsson has enjoyed putting in the hard work so far and is relishing the chance to experience a game situation when his side face a local select XI in a behind-closed-doors practice match later today.

“So far it’s been really good and we have worked hard to prepare for the upcoming season,” he said. “We have done plenty of running and core work. It’s similar to what I did in Sweden but we are working harder now with two sessions a day.

“We have the game this evening and I’m looking forward to that. It’s good to get a game in this heat for fitness.”

The former IFK Gothenburg man, who can play on the wing or up front, has been given a helping hand to settle in by fellow Swede Sebastian Larsson, but says that everybody has helped him settle in as a Black Cat whilst in Italy:

“I think this a great team,” he said. “When I came I thought I might have been alone but these are great lads who have helped me settle in.

“Of course Seb has helped me to settle in but so have all the other lads too and its been great. Everybody is great and working really hard.”