Nigerian defender Leon Balogun was involved with Brighton and Hove Albion’s U-23 against West Ham in the opening fixture of the Premier League International Cup.
The former Mainz 05 of Germany defender who is yet to taste action with the main team in the 2019/2020 Premier League season, was given a rare opportunity to impress with Brighton’s Under 23 side as the team lost 3-1 to West Ham.
Meanwhile, Brighton and Hove Albion under-23 coach Simon Rusk was impressed with the performance of Balogun and other two senior players who were paraded on the night.
“I thought we played some good football and probably should’ve been out of sight in the first half an hour- we have to score the chances we created.
“They played very well after the break and the truth is that we didn’t, the match got away from us for 25 minutes from that point, so it’s a learning curve.
“The first team staff wanted to utilize the opportunity to give minutes to all three and it’s always great to have the senior boys around the group,” he said.
Balogun will hope that his performance will convince the main team coach Steve Potters who have preferred to leave out him out of the 13 league matches played so far.
The Seagulls will visit league leaders Liverpool on Saturday.
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