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28 June 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter watches on at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter says that Matt Clarke and Leandro Trossard are both at exciting stages of their respective footballing careers. 

The pair recently joined from Portsmouth and KRC Genk respectively, becoming the club’s first two signings of the summer, and the boss spoke positively about the new additions to his squad.

He said, "They are two guys that are at really exciting times in their careers.

“Matt has played a really big role, with the demands of a big club in League One, trying to get out of the league. He's been their captain, so from a personality perspective he's played a huge role there considering his age.

"He's coming with a challenge to take the next step. We want to try to help him with that in an area where we've got a lot of competition anyway, but nevertheless we are really looking forward to working with him.”


Trossard was the second through the door of when he joined the club on Wednesday, and Potter spoke about the strengths of the 2018/19 Belgian title-winner.

"Leo is probably classed as a wide player but he's a different type of wide man, not something that we've got already,” he continued.

"He can play wide but is probably better coming in off the wide and combining and being a technical link-up player, looking at overloads from central positions as well.

"When you look at the make-up of our group we probably haven't got that type of player, he's had success in Belgium and now the challenge for us is to help him adapt to life in the Premier League."


The head coach also looked at the prospect of more new faces joining the ranks ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, whilst stressing the importance of assessing the squad he already has at his disposal. 

"I wouldn't want to put any numbers on more incomings, because the key for us is to assess the group that we've got, take in as much information as we can, and everybody's job up until that window closes is to try to work towards how we can potentially improve the group.

"It's not as simple as just signing a player and it's got to be the right one that fits with us.

“We are in the process of making sure we've got a good understanding of what we've got already but, of course, we'll try to improve as well.”

Click here for a full gallery from yesterday as the first team reported back for the first day back of pre-season.

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