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, 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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