Brighton starlet admits joining the club was a ‘dream come true’

The Paraguayan forward joined from Club Libertad across the Atlantic in the summer after his signature had been pursued by the club since January.

The 18-year-old has impressed since his arrival and could be included in the first team this season.

Enciso signed a four-year deal with Albion running until 2026 and is one of the best-rated prospects to emerge from Paraguay in recent years.

The Argus: Julio Enciso impressed in the preseasonJulio Enciso impressed in the preparation

He played for the club in the pre-season and showed good form in the friendlies.

Speaking to MyAlbionTV, Enciso said: “When the club showed interest in me I was so happy. It’s a dream to be here.

“I know how difficult it was for other players to come here. If I put in a lot of hard work, I think I can hit the ground running here.

“Obviously it’s a big step up for me. The football is very fast here. I’m working really hard to get to the same level as the others.”

“This is just the beginning for me. Obviously, I find it a bit difficult to adapt.

“I feel like I can give a lot more. As I said, if I work hard every day, I will keep improving.”

Enciso has also said he is happy to be working with manager Graham Potter and believes that through hard work the boss will find a place for him on the team.

Argus: Albion boss Graham Potter has said he will find a place for Julio Enciso if the player works hardAlbion boss Graham Potter has said he will find a place for Julio Enciso if the player works hard

He said: “I spoke to him (Graham Potter) before I got here and he said he was very glad I was joining and would be monitoring me closely.

“He said he wanted me to do my best so he could find me a place. To be honest, I feel very lucky.”

The attacker has already hit the bull’s eye for the Premier League 2 side, picking up a brilliant chip in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

He was welcomed into the team by the players, and Enciso forged friendships with the squad’s Spanish-speaking contingent.

The Paraguayan said: “When I arrived, Cucu (Marc Cucurella) was the first person I met. He helped me a lot.

“After that it was Jeremy (Sarmiento), Alexis (Mac Allister), Florin (Andone) and Moises (Caceido), also (Steven) Alzate.

“I felt very comfortable with them and spoke to them the most. I was so happy to meet her.

The Argus: Enciso (centre) got along well with his teammatesEnciso (centre) got along well with his teammates

“The truth is that he (Sarmiento) sometimes helps me (with English) and sometimes lets me down. I’m learning English so I’m hoping to start understanding it in a few months.

“It’s very difficult. They speak very fast and I don’t really understand, it’s very difficult for me.

“If I’m being honest, it’s very different here. As I said, it’s a very physical game. There’s almost no time to think and of course you get kicked a lot. It’s so different.”

Although Enciso mostly chatted with the Spanish speaking players, he has noticed the skills of many other players including Captain Lewis Dunk, Tariq Lamptey and Danny Welbeck.

He said: “Dunk, he’s so big. He kicks you a lot. The truth is there are a lot of good players here. I really admire (Tariq) Lamptey, he’s very fast. I can’t get close to where he is too fast, impossible.

“Sometimes I just stand there and look at him and think, ‘How can you be so fast?’ I think he’s the fastest player in the squad.

“Alexis (Mac Allister) too for passing the ball so easily. Jeremy (Sarmiento) for his dribbling. Moises (Caciedo) too for being everywhere.

“I like that a lot, but I really like Jeremy because of the way I play.

“Danny Welbeck too. He is so powerful. It’s incredible.”

Enciso has received a lot of support from Albion fans as well as encouragement from people back home in Paraguay.

The Argus: Enciso has received support from Albion fans and people from Paraguay since joining the clubEnciso has received support from Albion fans and people from Paraguay since joining the club

“I’m so happy to have received so many messages from them (Albion fans). I want to make them happy and I will give everything on the pitch so that I can do that.

“I’ve had a lot of messages. A lot of encouraging words from everyone in Paraguay. I think they’re all so happy to have a player in the Premier League.

“I’m so happy to have their support. I’ll give everything on the pitch to make them happy.

“(My family) are here with me now, I’m grateful to have them close by. They have always accompanied me everywhere. They like it (Brighton) very much. I have already taken them to the beach and they loved it.

“In my opinion, nothing compares to having his family close to him.” Brighton starlet admits joining the club was a ‘dream come true’

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