Albion signing Leandro Trossard has been hailed as a more versatile version of Jose Izquierdo.

The Seagulls have gone back to Belgium to land Trossard from Genk, two summers after buying Colombian Izquierdo from Brugge.

They become team-mates and rivals for a place on the left-wing once Trossard's move to the Amex is completed today.

Izquierdo is currently recovering from a second knee cartilage operation, which has ruled him out of the start of the season.

The Argus: Trossard (above) will be eager to establish himself under new head coach Graham Potter after leading and firing Genk to the Belgian title last season.

David Van den Broeck, football writer for the Flemish daily newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, is also a Genk fan who has witnessed the 24-year-old's rise to prominence.

Den Broeck told The Argus: "Genk for the last five or six years have played 4-3-3. He has played as a left-winger all the time.

"If you asked him his favourite position he would say number ten behind the striker as well, but that is a usual thing with wingers, they like to play in a central position, but he is better with space on the left.

"He has a good left foot as well. Izquierdo, when he played in Belgium, was good but quite predictable because he was always coming inside onto his right foot.

"Trossard can come inside, go outside, no problem. His shot is his main quality. When he is around 16 metres and he has got the opportunity to shoot he can put them nicely in the top corner with both feet."

Trossard's name has often cropped up in Belgium in the same sentence as Eden Hazard (below), not because he is anywhere near as talented as the former Chelsea maestro now with Real Madrid but because they have a similar style of play and stature.

The Argus: Den Broeck said: "He (Trossard) is a small guy who can turn easily around defenders with his quick acceleration.

"People were saying more and more he is like the second version of Eden Hazard and my boss was saying can you compare him in ten points, dribbling, speed, technical ability, finishing.

"We were laughing about it a bit, because you cannot compare these two players, but actually when you look at some points they are a bit similar. Of course, he will never be as good as Eden Hazard!"