Bernardo has grafted through a "difficult period" to prove his Premier League class as the young Brazilian tries to erase a painful away day bow with Albion.

The £9 million summer signing from RB Leipzig was named man-of-the-match against Leicester last weekend on his return to league action at left-back at the expense of Gaetan Bong.

Bernardo, 23, will keep his place at Huddersfield today, his first away appearance since a difficult debut in the opening day defeat at Watford.

Manager Chris Hughton said: "Firstly we knew his abilities when he came, it's all about the competition in our squad.

"It's probably been quite difficult for him. When you come in as a new player you want to get into that team straight away.

"Probably after the first game he did play it's been a difficult period for him.

"But you can react in different ways: you can go the route that's not advisable, or you can knuckle down. And knuckle down is exactly what he's done.

"He's a bright lad, he appreciates that it's a different way here. And the requirements of perhaps how he played last year or last season is just that little bit different from what we want.

"So sometimes it just takes that little bit longer to adapt and, if you are prepared to work really hard during that period of time, there are always going to be those opportunities.

"So I'm pleased for him, but he's also someone who has very much knuckled down to it."

Hughton expects to use Bernardo most frequently at left-back, although he is conscious of his versatility.

"Probably the longer he's here well get the feel for him in other positions," said Hughton.

"We see him as predominantly a left-back who can play right-back.

"Even last season at his last club he played a lot of games at right-back and he can also operate in midfield."