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25 May 2017

The German has played against Albion's latest signing.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Uwe Huenemeier believes new signing Pascal Gross will be a brilliant addition to the club’s existing midfield options, and backed the German to shine in the number ten position.

The Seagulls confirmed the signing of Gross from Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt 04 last week, and Huenemeier is delighted with the arrival of the attacking midfielder.

He said, “I played against him the season I got promoted with Paderborn. I don’t know him personally, but I know him as a player and I’ve followed him over the last few years.

“He’s very good with both feet, his strong foot is his right foot but he’s good with his left one as well. He’s a good set-piece taker, who has scored and made a lot of goals in recent seasons.

“He’s an attacking midfielder, more advanced, maybe a number eight or ten. He’s a really good addition to the team. The club was looking for a number ten and he’s the perfect player for that position.

“He’s a very good runner and physically very strong. You have to be very strong and fit to play in the Bundesliga, so I think he’s a really good signing for Brighton.”

The Albion centre-back highlighted the midfielder’s work rate as an important attribute he’ll bring to Chris Hughton’s side, before commenting on the strong mentality of German footballers.

“We definitely need fit players next season, because we’ll be playing really strong teams and we’ll need runners in midfield. Even when he’s playing in the number ten position, he’ll work hard for the team.

“He played for a smaller club in the Bundesliga, so he knows that even when he plays as a number ten, it’s not like he can rest and wait for the ball. He’s capable of doing the hard work in midfield.

“Most German players have the right mentality to adapt easily to a new club. If you sign a German player, I’d say nine out of ten have the right mentality, and that’s what we need in our group.

“We had a really good group of lads last season and everyone was aiming for the same target. From what I’ve seen before, he’s also got that mentality to work for the team.”

Hughton’s promotion-winning squad will compete in the Premier League for the first time next season, and Huenemeier believes a high fitness level will be crucial to the club’s chances of remaining in England’s top flight.

“You need to be really fit to compete with other teams in the Bundesliga, and I think that’s a part of our game that we need to improve on next season. We’ll need to be fitter than we were last season.

“It’s very much about fitness in Germany, so he knows he has to work hard. Pre-season in Germany is very hard, so because he’s been through that, I think he’ll easily adapt to another country.”

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