Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Tim Krul has praised the way compatriot Davy Propper has adjusted to English football.
Propper arrived at Albion last summer, and Krul feels that the Dutchman’s unassuming nature is enabling him to thrive in the Premier League.
He said, “Davy’s gone under the radar, but I’ve been impressed.
“He had to get used to the physicality of the league to begin with, but now he’s winning battles in midfield and he isn’t afraid of anybody, so along with Dale (Stephens) they have an amazing partnership.
“It’s not always easy coming into this division in your first season but he has adapted really well.
“He’s quiet but on the pitch he shows what he needs to – that’s what I like about him. He does his talking on the field and doesn’t have to show much.
“He should definitely be in the national squad for the two upcoming friendlies because he’s done well and scored a couple of goals recently, so I am sure he will be playing.”
The Seagulls shot-stopper believes the reinforcements to the squad in January has left the squad in a good place, but stressed the need to stay grounded in the club’s battle to beat the drop.
“We’ve got an amazing squad now and we recruited where we needed to in January, so the squad is very strong with good characters.
“We all want the same end product and we have a great set-up here and these are exciting times ahead.
“But we have to make sure we don’t get too carried away – there is still work to be done, we know that.
“It’s very tight at the bottom of the table and we needed one of those big wins against a top side – nobody expected it from us but the belief was there.”
Krul spoke after gaining some valuable game time for the under-23s in their 1-1 draw with Southampton on Monday night, and is hoping to feature for the first team again in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final tie against Manchester United a week on Saturday.
“To get 90 minutes is good for both myself and the other three first-teamers as well – it’s always good to play at the stadium with the surface.
“It’s not always easy when there isn’t the same crowd, but I definitely feel like I got something out of the game, so it was worthwhile.
“We have an exciting tie away to Manchester United to look forward to in the next round of the FA Cup and I’m hoping for another chance in that game, because we’ve had a good run up until now.
“We have a great squad and everyone’s playing well and showing they are ready in both the first selection and the fringes, so we have to keep the pressure on and always show that we’re ready when called upon.”