Date: 26th May 2017 at 9:12pm
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Centre half Uwe Huenemeier has said he’s confident that new signing Pascal Gross will quickly prove himself a key addition in midfield this coming season.

Coming in from FC Ingolstadt 04 for an undisclosed fee and signing a four year deal in the process, the 25 year old is known by Huenemeier as they played against each other in the Bundesliga set up.

Speaking to the Official Site about the No 10, Huenemeier explained.

‘I played against him the season I got promoted with Paderborn. I don`t know him personally, but I know him as a player and I`ve followed him over the last few years. He`s very good with both feet, his strong foot is his right foot but he`s good with his left one as well. He`s a good set-piece taker, who has scored and made a lot of goals in recent seasons. He`s an attacking midfielder, more advanced, maybe a number eight or ten. He`s a really good addition to the team. The club was looking for a number ten and he`s the perfect player for that position. He`s a very good runner and physically very strong. You have to be very strong and fit to play in the Bundesliga, so I think he`s a really good signing for Brighton.’

Our centre back went on to say that Gross’ work rate in the middle park should soon see him win the fans over as we look to consolidate our position in the Premier League next season.

‘We definitely need fit players next season, because we`ll be playing really strong teams and we`ll need runners in midfield. Even when he`s playing in the number ten position, he`ll work hard for the team. He played for a smaller club in the Bundesliga, so he knows that even when he plays as a number ten, it`s not like he can rest and wait for the ball. He`s capable of doing the hard work in midfield.’

He went on to add.

‘Most German players have the right mentality to adapt easily to a new club. If you sign a German player, I`d say nine out of ten have the right mentality, and that`s what we need in our group. We had a really good group of lads last season and everyone was aiming for the same target. From what I`ve seen before, he`s also got that mentality to work for the team.’

With the Premier League campaign to look forward to, Huenemeier also commented that fitness levels would be key next campaign for everyone.

‘You need to be really fit to compete with other teams in the Bundesliga, and I think that`s a part of our game that we need to improve on next season. We`ll need to be fitter than we were last season. It`s very much about fitness in Germany, so he knows he has to work hard. Pre-season in Germany is very hard, so because he`s been through that, I think he`ll easily adapt to another country.’

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