Jeremy Sarmiento says the backing Albion have given him has helped him find another level to his game, after he made his Premier League debut on Saturday.
The 19-year-old came on for the final ten minutes against Leeds United, giving Albion supporters a taste of what he’s got in the locker with some bursting runs and a few step-overs.
“It’s a happy moment in my career, it’s everything I’ve been working towards and I am delighted the gaffer gave me an opportunity,” he said.
“I like to be a threat when I get on the ball – I wasn’t on for too long but I wanted to make the most of it and do well.
“We’re frustrated that we couldn’t get the result but we gave all our energy during the game.”
Having won his first Ecuador cap in a World Cup qualifier against Bolivia last month, Sarmiento is delighted to be another name to come through Albion’s academy set-up and into the first team.
“Before I moved to Brighton I’d had a tough year, but as soon as Brighton were interested in me it gave me that confidence. They set out a pathway for me and I hope that I have shown that I can be a part of the team.
“Brighton said ‘this is our plan, this is how we see you progressing and here’s the players that have done that’. It was then up to me to work towards getting my chance.
“I’ve been training with the first team which has been a really good experience – it can only make you a better player. It’s really good for me to have the opportunity to work with experienced players who have taught me a lot. I am really enjoying my time here.
“I’ve had my senior call-up to Ecuador this season as well and we’re doing well. Now I need to keep playing and keep impressing the coaches.”