England youngster of Ghanaian descent Hiram Boateng is delighted to have made his Premier League bow for Crystal Palace.
Born to Ghanaian parents in Wandsworth, London, the 20-year-old was a 72nd minute substitute as the Eagles held Swansea to a 1-1 stalemate at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
“It was a great experience for me to be honest,” Boateng told his club’s official website.
“I’d dreamed of this day since I was a little boy. It’s good of the manager to have put his trust in me. It felt good.
“He [coach Alan Pardew] just said to me: ‘go on, make an impact, just try to do something to change the game, and obviously, I tried my best to do that. We came away with a point, which is good.”
The central midfielder, who joined the club as an eight-year-old, became the Eagles’ first academy graduate to debut in the topflight in over four years.
Boateng added: “Coming on, I had a bit of butterflies, but after five minutes, I settled down, and I thought I played quite well.
“The fans were definitely good, they were singing all game. That’s great for the team. It pushes the team to do well. It’s been really good.”
Boateng is yet to represent Ghana or England at any level, and has said he’d decide his international future after securing a permanent first team place at club level.
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