Sami Hyypia has told his latest signing why he fits the Albion masterplan.
The Seagulls have taken attack-minded Aston Villa left-back Joe Bennett on loan for the rest of the season.
He could make his home debut against Bolton on Saturday when Joao Teixeira and Danny Holla, stars of the midweek win at Leeds, also get a first chance to impress fans at the Amex.
Bennett signed yesterday having watched his new team win 2-0 at Elland Road – and hearing first-hand from boss Hyypia how he could help them progress.
The 24-year-old Lancastrian said of Albion: “They kept the ball really well, from the back to the front, at Leeds.
“They defended well, they looked like they had a lot of energy.
“They like to go forward as well with the full-backs, which is part of my game as well.
“I like to go forward and get involved a bit more up the pitch which was nice to see. Hopefully I can fit into that.
“I spoke to the manager and he told me a bit about how he likes the team to play and how I could fit into that. It looks good up to now.”
Bennett joins his new team mates for training for the first time tomorrow.
He accepted there was little prospect of first team action with Aston Villa, who he joined from Middlesbrough two years ago, after they signed Aly Cissokho from Valencia.
Bennett cost Villa £2.75 million from Boro, where he played three seasons in the Championship and earned England under-21 honours.
Hyypia said: “He is a dynamic left-back who's very comfortable on the ball. He's very mobile and will suit the way we want to play.
"He is a good footballer, who knows how to use the ball and I hope he will be a very good player for us.”
Albion closed in on Bennett after a move to bring back Stephen Ward on a permanent transfer was hijacked by Burnley.
Bennett, who follows Ward, Wayne Bridge, Joe Mattock, Marcos Painter, Gary Borrowdale and Matt Richards in a series of on-loan Seagulls left-backs, revealed: “I only heard of it (the possible move) last week.
“The gaffer at Aston Villa called me and said there were a couple of teams interested in me if i woud like to go out on loan.
“They have just signed Cissokho, another left-back, so it didn’t really look like I would maybe feature as much as I would like to.
“So I took this opportunity to come to Brighton.”
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