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15 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton highlighted the impressive form of some of the club’s English players, and backed them to continue showing their ability in the Premier League.

England boss Gareth Southgate has handed debuts to a handful of players since his appointment last year, and Hughton believes a few of Albion’s players could come into contention if they maintain their level of performance.

He said, “I suppose players like [Lewis] Dunk and [Solly] March have done ever so well. Dale Stephens has also had a really good start for us.

“Their big excitement at this moment is that they’re playing in the best league and none of them want to lose the opportunity to do that.

“He [Gareth Southgate] would be aware of what we have and you’ve only got to look at the last game, he introduced players that are in good form and haven’t been involved before.”
“First and foremost, these players have got to do well for us, but certainly any recognition they get will be because they’ve done well for us and we would be delighted with that.”

The Seagulls return to league action this afternoon against Everton, and Hughton touched upon the benefits on offer from the international break just gone.

“The international breaks are good periods, whether you’ve gone into them on the back of a win or a loss; there isn’t any team that doesn’t use them properly.
“We had four players that went away, but if you’re Chelsea or Manchester United, you’ve almost got everybody away.

“We’ve been able to do some work on the training ground and evaluate the season so far.”

Hughton also gave his thoughts on the January transfer window, commenting on the difficult task of recruiting players, as teams look to keep their prized assets for the remainder of the campaign.

“January is probably the most difficult period to bring players in, because teams are reluctant to let their players go.

“You have to make tough decisions. Clubs will, by the time December comes, think differently to what they previously did.
“It’s a hard window, clubs will have a feeling of what they need, and certainly there’ll be reluctance to help another team who are in the same position.”

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