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Brighton Boss, Hughton Pleased With Balogun’s Debut, Experience And Good English

Brighton Boss, Hughton Pleased With Balogun’s Debut, Experience And Good English

Brighton & Hove Albion manager, Chris Hughton, is pleased to see his Nigerian defender, Leon Balogun settle in well in the Seagulls’ squad, admiring his good showing on the pitch, experience and ability to speak good English, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Balogun joined the Seagulls on a free from German Bundesliga side, FSV 05 Mainz this summer.

The 30 year old defender starred for 64 minutes on his debut for Brighton & Hove Albion who were held to a 1-1 draw by English Championship side, Charlton Athletic in Tuesday’s pre-season friendly game played at The Valley.

Balogun was replaced by Ben Barclay. Pascal Gross gave Albion the lead three minutes after the restart, but Naby Sarr’s 80th minute goal earned Charlton Athletic a share from the spoils.

Hughton was also delighted to see David Button and Bernardo make their debuts as well in the encounter.

“All three (Balogun Button, and Bernardo) of them did well and they’ve also settled in very well,” Hughton said in his assessment of the game in an interview with the club’s official website.

“Certainly with Leon Balogun who’s an experienced player and speaks very good English, as does Bernardo.”

“Bernardo is perhaps at the other side of the age group – 23 years of age and there’s a lot to come from him.”

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  • Is it just me or is there actually a correlation between the choice of foreign-born Nigerians to play for the Super Eagles, on one hand, and the improved status of these players, on the other hand.

    When he was much younger, pre-Super Eagles days, it is fair to say that Leon Balogun was just any other footballer. Some six years ago, if they mentioned his name, you would almost would have asked:Leon who?

    Now a Super Eagles international, his popularity has shut up the roof and he is playing outside Germany for the first time in his career in arguably the best league in the world.

    That is what playing for Nigeria can bring you.

    And he is not alone, Ebuehi has also left Holland for the first time in his career (to Portugal) in a high profile move while Idowu has moved to Russian giants Locomotive Moscow.

    These kind of developments can only be good for Nigerian football in general.

    To all the Sydney Sams and John Salakos out there, my message is: Nigerian needs you just as much as you need Nigeria.

    Just ask Idowu, Ebuehi and Balogun; the decision to play for this wonderful country of ours is one that they have had no reasons to regret.

    • Saheed Ololade 3 years ago

      Deo, you put it succinctly. Their plying for us have impacted their career without doubt.

      • Saheed Ololade 3 years ago

        By the way Deo, I’ll be using your comment in a Faceook post with credits to you of ccourse. Thanks.