Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Solly March insists that he’s embracing the challenges of the Premier League during both his and the club’s second season in the division.
The wide-man has made 19 appearances so far this term, assisting five times and scoring at home to Chelsea earlier this month, and he emphasised the enjoyment he’s currently getting from plying his trade in England’s top tier.
He said, “I feel like my development this season has been really helped by the number of matches that I’ve played.
“It’s a new division for a lot of us – I want to add goals and assists to my game and if I keep working hard hopefully I can do that – you have to always be sharp in this league because of the calibre of opposition.
“The likes of Eden Hazard and Mo Salah are the types of players who perform every week and continue to contribute goals and assists - that’s the level that I aspire to.
“You watch them every week and see what they do and you want to replicate that, I feel like I’ve added a lot of attributes to my game – the way we defend as a team has to be strong in this league, the manager’s instilled that into us and it’s something we do well.”
Chris Hughton has been at the helm for the duration of March’s time with the Seagulls on the south coast, and the former Lewes man spoke glowingly of his boss’ capabilities as his fourth anniversary in charge draws closer in a few days’ time.
“The manager’s been here for a good amount of time now – that says a lot about the job he’s done because it’s been a great one.
“When he came in we were quite far down the Championship and it wasn’t a great season, but he came in and kept us up and then nearly got us promoted in his first full campaign the year after.
“Since then we’ve improved after each season – he’s done an amazing job and you couldn’t have asked for any more. He’s an approachable guy who you can talk to about anything, even if you’re not happy with certain aspects you can go and speak to him.
“That’s what you want from your boss, he has a calm head and he know what he wants.
"We’ve worked on playing from a shape that he likes and based ourselves on being solid, you can see that the players have bought into that.”
Albion host Everton this afternoon, looking to build on Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal on the south coast, and March is aware of both the quality and personnel that Marco Silva’s men possess.
“They’re a strong team with good players, hopefully we can build on the last game and get a good result.
“We need to be wary of their threats and know our capabilities as well, we know what we can do going forward.
“If we do our jobs defensively and play as well as we know we can at home, then as long as we nullify their threats going forward and in wide areas then I’m confident we can get points.”
“It’s a game that we know we can win – that’s the case with pretty much every match at home.”