Premier League / Five talking points from Brighton vs West Ham – Brighton & Hove Independent

Premier League / Five talking points from Brighton vs West Ham - Brighton & Hove Independent

Brighton livewire Leandro Trossard off to fine start as he aims to follow in footsteps of Belgiums Premier League successes

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Brighton Have Brighton and Hove Albion unearthed the next in a long line of Belgian footballers lighting up the Premier League? If Leandro Trossards debut is anything to go by, his stay at the Amex looks certain to be eventful, at the very least.

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The £15 million winger signed from Genk in the summer was given a start by manager Graham Potter and scored twice – though his excellent first-half volley was chalked off by the video assistant referee in the 1-1 draw with West Ham United.

Brighton & Hove Albions Leandro Trossard (left) celebrates scoring his sides f<span class="truncate"><span class="truncate-preview">irst goal of the gam<span class="truncate-full-screen">e during the Premier League match at The AMEX Stadium, Brighton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 17, 2019. See PA story</span></span></span>

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That is about the worst that can happen for a player with the VAR. Scoring a goal is the best feeling in the world as a footballer, even more if it was a nice one – so that moment when it gets disallowed is terrible, said Trossard, who played on the left of a front three ahead of Solly March at wing-back. 

Albions Leandro Trossard sets himself before firing home the equaliser against <span class="truncate"><span class="truncate-preview">West Ham</span></span>

A lot happened for me during the match. It was special and a great feeling to get a goal on my debut, at home, and to help the team get a point.

It might well have been more special had Brighton converted their dominance into more goals, and Trossard himself missed a good chance in the second half before sweeping in the equaliser four minutes after West Ham took the lead through Javier Hernandez.

I know about all the Belgian players who have come to England and done really well in the Premier League. I am also part of the national team, so I see them playing there and I know all about how many have done well here.

I just want to show more what I did in this match and keep on going, and well see how I can do. Maybe even Eden Hazard would have been proud of my goal! I hope so, although I doubt he has watched it, he smiled.

Trossard is one of several summer signings made by Potter in a move to transform Brighton from perennial relegation fodder into a stylish, upwardly mobile Premier League team who can compete for the title of hipsters favourites.

He [Trossard] had a really good season, champions over there, said Potter. Hes a hungry guy who wants to take that next step. Moving from the Belgian league is of course a step, but hes got the quality, as you saw today.

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Potter paid tribute to his predecessor Chris Hughton, who was relieved of his post at the end of last season.

Theres a really strong foundation at this club, on the back of Chriss work – the fantastic success this club have had in terms of promotion and then stabilising in the Premier League – so for me the pressure and the responsibility is to improve on that.

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