Albion's capture of Danny Holla has been backed by a Dutch football expert.

Will Burns says Holla will bring big game experience and an eye for goal from midfield to the Seagulls.

Burns also believes the switch to English football will suit the former Den Haag playmaker.

Albion added Holla to their squad at the weekend on a three-year contract.

Den Hagg were keen to keep him after he helped transform them from regular relegation candidates in the top flight of Dutch football into European challengers.

Burns, editor of and, told The Argus: Holla is only 26, however it feels he has been around Dutch football for a long time after making his debut at FC Groningen aged 18 with six appearances in his first season.

"With over 100 Eredivisie starts, he will bring a lot of big game experience to Brighton this season in the Championship.

"I have primarily been watching Holla over the last two seasons at ADO Den Haag where the battling midfielder has been a leading figure in the side notoriously known for their participation in relegation battles, year after year.

"Over the last two campaigns, Holla helped Den Haag be safe, consecutively making it into ninth position, just outside the European play-off places.

"ADO were disappointed when trying to secure Holla to a new contract in the summer. He decided to continue his career elsewhere."

Holla, described by Albion boss Sami Hyypia as a "deep-lying" midfielder, has a healthy ratio of 39 goals in 212 games during a career which began in Groningen's youth set-up and has also included loan spells at FC Zwolle and VV-Venlo.

Burns said: "Although he is classed as a defensive midfielder, Holla will surprise a few people with his attacking prowess.

"With a great right-foot from long range he found the net 14 times in 54 appearances in Den Haag and I think in the Championship he could score more.

"The hard-working Holla has a great knack of intercepting and controlling the play. When he has the ball, he is very comfortable and with a strong upper body, he can shrug off the majority of challenges.

"His stocky physique is ideal for the English game, as he loves to stick his boot in and win tackles.

"He will protect the defence, as well as arriving late on the edge of the area to combine with the attackers to provide goals or assists.

"The forwards at Brighton will love being able to link up with Holla with his varied range of passing capability.

"I can see him fitting in very well and help the Seagulls fly up the league."