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21 September 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Shannon Ruth warms up the goalkeepers at the Emirates Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 assistant coach Shannon Ruth gave an update on Robert Sanchez’s loan spell at Forest Green Rovers, as the Spanish goalkeeper continues his development with the League Two club.

The 20-year-old has started every league game for Rovers heading into tomorrow’s match against Crawley Town, and Ruth, who also occupies the role of lead academy goalkeeping coach, spoke about Sanchez’s career-developing move.

He said, “We certainly believe in Robert - he’s a talented young goalkeeper, no doubt. But what this move is demanding from him is the ability to learn fast.

“He’s had to deal with success and disappointment. With the nature of the division, he’s constantly involved and a byproduct of that is making decisions - good ones, bad ones and indifferent ones. All of this is a key challenge for a young goalkeeper.

“To be accountable week in, week out in front of thousands of people, where your errors are highlighted, just like your successes are, that’s the biggest challenge for him.

“His goal is to play in the Premier League for Brighton. Since he came over, he’s done very well in our youth team and under-23 team, and he’s now got to prove that he can play League Two and so on.

“That’s the journey Christian [Walton] has been on, and look how well he’s doing currently. That’s the journey that young goalkeepers have to take. They have to tick off every level and prove they can be consistent over ten, 20, 30 games.

“This experience is exactly what he needs, and he’s progressing exactly as we thought he would. Myself, Ben [Roberts] and Casper [Ankergren] monitor his progress - and working alongside their goalkeeping coach, we’re making sure he’s moving in the right direction.”

Sanchez’s loan move opened the door for Hugo Keto on the south coast, and Ruth also highlighted the positive start the former Arsenal shot-stopper has made for Simon Rusk’s under-23 side this season.

“Hugo became available to us towards the back end of last season. He’s someone we believe has bags and bags of potential. He’s also an international at youth level.

“He didn’t manage to play the amount of games at Arsenal that he would have liked, but we knew we could give him games to further his development.

“He had pre-season with Ben and Casper, and that was his first experience of a first-team pre-season environment, which set him in great stead to start the season with us .

“He’s since gone from strength to strength, and his performances in the last few games have been really promising.”

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