Albion's loanee looks ahead to tonight's cup tie at Oxford.
Sam Adekugbe is delighted to have another chance to impress in the first team ahead of tonight’s EFL Cup second round tie at Oxford, and is eager to build on the team’s first round victory over Colchester.
The Canadian international is set to make his second appearance for Albion’s first team against the U’s and is relishing the prospect of facing the League One side.
He said, “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s an exciting opportunity; any young player wants to prove to the manager that they can get into the first team squad, so it’s another chance to showcase that.
“I’m expecting it to be a good game. We both have a point to prove, it’s a cup match, so there’s something on the line. I think they’ll try their hardest to win the match, but we’ve got the quality to progress.
“I think the boys played very well [against Colchester]. It was a chance for a lot of us to get our first minutes, with a lot of the players in the squad passing their experience down, such as Ollie [Norwood] and Rohan [Ince].
“We were very happy to make out debuts, and now we want to kick on from there and break into the first team.”
Adekugbe has praised the club for enabling him to settle in so quickly and is determined to play as much football as possible during his season-long loan from Vancouver Whitecaps.
“Brighton is a great and very family-orientated club. I think the transition has been very smooth, the staff here are very welcoming and now it’s just a matter of me focusing on the football.
“It’s a nine-hour plane ride here, so the transition across is quite a difference, but Brighton have been very helpful in making it very smooth for me.
“I want to improve myself in the League Cup, in the Championship and in the under-23s. I have to take every game at a time and it comes down to me showing what abilities I have in any match that I play.
“Every day is another day to improve. You don’t want to get too up or too down, it’s a matter of keeping a level head and working hard in every training session.”
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The 21-year-old Manchester born defender reiterated his long-term ambition to forge a career for himself in England, and says the chance to join Albion was an easy decision.
“I’ve always wanted to play football in England. There’s always been a desire inside of me to play here and when this opportunity came along I just couldn’t turn it down.
“England is football, and the passion here is something you can’t really get anywhere else. With the fans and what it actually means to win a match, it’s just something that you can’t turn down.
“When a team reaches out to you, it’s a sign that they want you and see you progressing into the first-team environment.
“I’m a very passionate football fan, as well as being a passionate football player, so just being in this environment makes me feel like I’m at home.”