Brighton & Hove Albion’s Player of the Season Pascal Gross has enjoyed a fine first season in England – scoring six goals and claiming eight assists.
We sat down with the midfielder to reflect on some of his fondest memories from his time with the Seagulls so far.
Favourite game this season?
Arsenal at home was a massive win for us and it was the first time we’d taken points from a top six club. It was really big for the side mentally because it showed us that we could compete with those sides, our home form was strong going into the game and has been all season, so that was my favourite result during my first season here.
Favourite goal you’ve scored?
The one against West Brom in September – it was important because it was Brighton & Hove Albion’s first ever goal in the Premier League, so it was a proud moment for both me and the club.
It was a big win too because it was our first of the season in the fourth game in the Premier League – we needed it to show we belonged at this level because we felt unlucky in the first few games.
The one to Glenn (Murray) against Arsenal at the Amex. It was a really important win for the team and the fans, so it was a special day.
Thing that you’ve enjoyed most about the Premier League?
The new stadiums, the good players and all the matches. I have enjoyed everything about this league – and our stadium is a fantastic one to call home.
Thing that’s surprised you most about Premier League?
The quality that every team in the division has – I knew it was a competitive league, but I didn’t think it was so intense all the way from top to bottom. When you’re in another country you’re quite familiar with most of the teams but when you’re here you see those qualities.
Toughest team you’ve faced this season?
Liverpool in December, because of their quality going forward. They’re a very quick side and move the ball sharply. The toughest player is probably Harry Maguire against Leicester City – it wasn’t easy for me to adapt then because it was only my second Premier League game in England.
Old Trafford is a very nice ground – it was a dream to play there as a boy and I’m looking forward to visiting Anfield in a few weeks as well.
Thing you enjoy most about living in Brighton?
I like being close to the sea and taking my dog to the park – my partner feels comfortable here and my parents always do.
I’ve started to play golf now and that’s one of the new things I’ve learnt since being here – Uwe (Huenemeier) took me and I really enjoy it now.
I’ve got a little bit better but I still need to improve! When we have a day off we play, I always wanted to play in Germany, but unless you have a licence or a handicap you can’t.
If you want one of those you have to be coached for a long time by people on a course. It wasn’t something I ever did back in Germany so here I’m very happy to be able to play – it’ll be perfect to play this summer.