New boys impress Potter

26 July 2021 19:34:30 GMTPlus10

Brighton manager Graham Potter believes there is plenty more to come from new arrivals Enock Mwepu and Kjell Scherpen after getting their Albion careers underway on Saturday.

The Seagulls finished 16th in the Premier League last season, but they are 4/7 to break into the top-half this term.

Brighton were regularly praised for their performances last season and Potter has been keen to add greater quality to his ranks in a bid to push his side up the table.

Mwepu and Scherpen are their two headline arrivals and the pair impressed on their debuts, as both played 45 minutes in Saturday's pre-season friendly against Rangers.

It is the first 45 minutes for them, so it is nice for them to get that out of the way.

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The Seagulls signed midfielder Mwepu from Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old Zambian international made 119 appearances during his time at Salzburg, scoring 18 goals and grabbing 20 assists.

Dutch under-21 international goalkeeper Scherpen joined from Eredivisie heavyweights Ajax and will provide healthy competition to current number one Robert Sanchez.

After an encouraging start on Saturday, Potter is confident the pair will only improve as they adjust to Albion's style of play and adapt to life in a new country.

The 46-year-old told The Argus: "It is the first 45 minutes for them, so it is nice for them to get that out of the way and then we can build from there."

He added: "Enock will get better the more he understands the team and what we are asking him, but I thought he did well.

"The same for Kjell it is a case of him settling in, adapting to us and us adapting to him."

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