New Brighton & Hove Albion under-21 signing Daniel Akindayini hopes moving to the club will be a swift transition after arriving from Tottenham Hotspur.
Akindayini’s move to the south coast was confirmed yesterday and the 19-year-old believes Albion’s passing football will complement his individual game.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “I’m really happy to sign because it’s a great club. Having left Tottenham, it would’ve been quite difficult to find a club that has a similar style, but I believe Brighton do.
“I’m pleased that I have found a team which suits the way I play and hopefully I can go on to do good things here.”
The forward received a warm welcome from his teammates in the under-21 squad and has already faced Albion pair Jesse Starkey and Chike Kandi during his time at Tottenham.
“They’ve been great. In previous years I played against a couple of them, so they’re familiar faces and they’ve welcomed me in well.
“I’ve played against Jesse because he was at Chelsea and so was Chike, which helped me to adjust. It wasn’t difficult to settle in, so it now allows me a chance to just focus on the football and do the best I can next season.”
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The 19-year-old has highlighted the attributes he can bring to the squad and aims to have a big impact on Albion’s forward line.
“I am a striker that can play in between and behind defenders. I'm also someone who is comfortable playing on the floor and do a bit of passing to break down defences.
“I hope that I can be a big threat and show that this year. Everyone wants to play in the first team, so it was a big bonus that the gaffer gives chances to young players.
“If I do well for the under-21s, then I know that I can get that chance to prove my ability. We’ve got the facilities, some top players and great staff, so there’s no limit to what Brighton can achieve.”
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