Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan believes former Valencia team-mate Martin Montoya has what it takes to be a success in the Premier League.
Albion swooped for Montoya in a deadline day deal last Thursday, and Ryan spoke glowingly to the experienced defender about what life is like at the club.
He said, “Obviously with him being a former team-mate of mine, they approached me and asked what I thought about him both as a person and player. I told them my opinions, which were all positive.
“I think he’ll be a great addition to the squad and thankfully for us it all panned out in the end and we managed to get him.
“I contacted him [Montoya] to let him know the direction the club is going in and what it offers in terms of the stadium and training ground.
“I spoke about it being a good club on the rise and he liked what he heard. I tried to give him as much information as possible.”
The Australian shot-stopper also spoke about what Albion fans can expect to see from Montoya in a Seagulls shirt, and explained how the new man can give the team an added dimension going forward.
“First of all, his professionalism stands out. He’s made all the sacrifices that he needed to do in order to become a professional footballer.
“He’s a very dynamic kind of right back, loves to get forward, and has a great first touch to get the ball out of his feet.
“He’s composed in high-pressure situations to get himself around the opposition and is someone that loves to get forward. He’s very athletic and very strong for his size. He’s not the tallest guy, but he’s very muscular and I have no doubt he’ll strengthen our squad and I think he will get a lot of game time.”
Ryan also explained how Montoya’s personality will allow him to seamlessly adapt into the squad, and spoke about his character off from the pitch.
“He’s very settled away from football; he’s got a wife and two kids and is very much a family man.
“He’s lively and likes a bit of a joke. He’s very competitive around the training ground playing table tennis and billiards.
“He is all-round good guy, but when he needs to put his mind on the job, he does it. I don’t have a bad word to say about him and I’m very excited to have him at the club.”