'A lucky charm' - £15m defender proves Brighton were right ahead of Crystal Palace

New recruit looks to be a fine addition ahead of showdown with fierce rivals at Selhurst Park on Monday night

Friday, 24th September 2021, 3:18 pm
Updated Friday, 24th September 2021, 3:20 pm
Graham Potter has been impressed by Albion's new addition

Marc Cucurella impressed on his Premier League debut during the 2-1 victory against Leicester at the Amex Stadium.

Cucurella, who joined for £15.4m from Getafe last month, made his first start in the 1-0 win at Brentford but home fans saw their first glimpse of the Spain international last Sunday.

The former Barcelona man was a constant threat to Brendan Rodgers’ team down the left flank. The 23-year-old looked comfortable and composed in possession and looked highly mobile and full of energy.

The Olympic silver medalist played with an assurance, slotted in perfectly to the Potter’s system and already looks an experienced and established member of the first team.

Cucurella operated on the left flank which allowed Solly March – starting his first match following a hamstring injury sustained against Watford –to feature on the right flank.

“Really impressed with his personality and character and how he has settled in,” said Potter after the Leicester win.

“He is a top professional and has played a lot of games in La Liga. His attributes are there to see. He offers us something different down the left hand side which means we can play Solly on the right.

“We lacked balance against Everton and I think he provides that with his natural left foot which we missed when Solly was injured.

“He is a fantastic addition for us and adds to the side. It was a good home debut. Two matches in the Premier League and two wins...maybe he’s our lucky charm.”