Brighton sign prolific Belgian winger Trossard


Brighton and Hove Albion have signed Belgian winger Leandro Trossard from Genk, paying a reported initial fee of £15million ($27m AUD).

Trossard is the second player to arrive at the Amex Stadium since Graham Potter was named Brighton manager and he has signed a four-year contract with the Seagulls.

The 24-year-old played an instrumental role as team captain during Genk's triumphant Belgian Pro League campaign in 2018-19, scoring 14 goals in 34 appearances - double his previous best league goal tally for the club.

He also netted an impressive eight goals in 11 UEFA Europa League appearances as Genk reached the round of 32, and was twice named as a substitute for Belgium but is yet to receive his first cap.

Trossard reflected on the season that earned him a move to the Premier League, telling Brighton's official website: "It couldn't have gone much better to be honest.

"It was a dream last year, it was my boyhood club who I captained to the league title.

"It was great, and I have earned this move to England with Brighton. Being captain of the side at just 24, it was a responsibility that I enjoyed."

"I'd already been there a long time which made it more special," added Trossard, who made his Genk debut in May 2012 at the age of 17.

"It's good to be able to have those experiences because it always helps your communication within a side to be able to help your team-mates."

His arrival is a welcome one at Brighton, who only scored 35 goals in the Premier League last season, the lowest of all the clubs who avoided relegation.

Trossard added: "It's a nice club and one which I've followed over the last few months. It's an exciting adventure for me to play in the Premier League with Brighton."

Source Omnisport