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27 June 2015

Brighton & Hove Albion's Spanish right-back Bruno Saltor has backed new recruit Tomer Hemed to be a success with the Seagulls.

During his time at Valencia, Bruno lined up against the Israeli international, and also has the inside track on Hemed from former team-mates, who played alongside him last season in La Liga.

Bruno told, "I've played against Tomer in Spain, and he's a really good striker. He's strong, technically very good and clever inside the penalty area; I think he will be a great player for us."

Comparisons have been made with Albion's last signing from Almeria, Leo Ulloa, and Bruno says while there are similarities, Hemed has his own attributes.

"Every player has their own skills and is different. He is an experienced player, who has played a lot of games in La Liga.

"I know he is a very good professional. I have a lot of friends at Almeria and I asked about him and was told he has a great attitude to the game and is a very good guy.

"He can play the English style. He has a lot of good technical skills. You need those to play in Spain, but he is strong and you need that to play here in England - and I hope he is going to score a lot of goals."


Meanwhile Bruno says he is pleased by the arrival of Liam Rosenior from Hull City; which increases competition for both the right and left full-back roles.

"To see the club bring in quality and experienced players is good for everyone. Firstly, in tough moments they really help the team, but also because we need more quality in the team.

"The more quality we have the more everyone has to work to improve every single day and that will mean better performances in the games.

"As players, all we can do is be ready and train and play as well as we can - it's the manager's decision who will play in the matches.

"I am ready to fight to play for the team. My entire career I have had to fight to play every single game."

The former Valencia man made a few appearances in midfield last season, both under Sami Hyypia and Chris Hughton, and admits that he is equally happy in either role.

"I like to play in the middle. You get more contact with the ball. A few years ago, in Spain, I played there and I am happy to play there.

"To be honest I don't mind playing in either role. Here in England playing full-back is very hard. Normally you are marking one of your opponent's very best players and it's tough.

"You have to be focused and concentrate for 90 minutes; there are a lot of one-versus-one situations - and I also enjoy this kind of challenge.

"I like to be concentrating for 90 minutes; midfield is more about organisation and quality on the ball, but in truth I enjoy playing either position."




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