The Beginning: Krusnell on fulfilling a dream

To the millions watching at home, the chance of playing in the Premier League is a dream lived by few.

While children grow up around the globe using jumpers for goalposts imaging that one day they will be walking out in front of a packed stadium, it’s a reality few get to savour.

In this week’s edition of the 'The Beginning' Sam Lightle speaks to second-year scholar Oscar Krusnell about his cultural switch to Wearside from Sweden.

After growing up in Stockholm, Krusnell started playing football aged five and was later scouted to play for his boyhood club AIK.

It was a dream come true for the vibrant youngster, who was fulfilling a lifelong family goal, but it didn’t last long…

The Swede moved to Sunderland ahead of the 2015-16 U18 Premier League campaign along with fellow countryman Joel Asoro.

And as Asoro continues to raise eyebrows in the first-team, Krusnell admits to play for AIK was fantastic, but the draw of the English Premier League is an opportunity too big to turn down.

“It was unreal for me because until the moment I got the chance to play for AIK, I never thought it would be possible. My dad, granddad and my family are huge AIK fans so it was a proud moment, and when I got my first training kit my dad used to take loads of photos," he smiled.

“AIK was a dream when I was little but playing in the Premier League is the biggest thing you can do and that has always been in the back of my mind.

“It was hard to leave AIK and my family in Stockholm but to leave for England wasn’t because it’s where I have always wanted to be,” he continued.

“I love England’s culture and to be given the chance to play in the Premier League has been a dream since I started playing football.

"I never thought that would come true until a couple of years ago, Joel has done it and it just shows how close we are now.”

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