Chelsea loanee happy with quick Brighton debut in win over Manchester United

LEVI COLWILL is happy he was “thrown in at the deep end” by manager Graham Potter.

The defender joined Albion on loan following Marc Cucurella’s departure from Chelsea.

The 19-year-old didn’t take long to adjust to his new surroundings as he made his Premier League debut for the club after just a day of training with his new team-mates.

Fortunately, he had already proved he was at the required level by helping Albion win against Manchester United on the opening day.

He told the club’s website: “It was a surreal experience.

“I wasn’t expecting to come on because I had just arrived, I wouldn’t have pitched in if I had been the manager.

“But I have a lot of respect for the gaffer who dressed me at an important moment.

“As I continued it didn’t feel real, I felt like I was dreaming.

“I headed the ball right away and woke up from it, I was like, ‘Now I have to play’.

“It was brilliant. I didn’t have time to think about it, that was the good thing.

“I was right in the deep end but we came out the other side with a win and that’s all that matters. I am happy.”

Although Colwill has only been at the club for a short time, he already understands Potter’s demands and tactics, although he admits that those not in the group “have no idea” what is going on.

He said: “I don’t recall ever seeing a 3-2-3-2 formation, but if you understand football you know why managers play certain formations.

“However, if you’re looking at it from off the pitch, you probably have no idea what’s going on.

“When you’re part of the group, it makes so much sense.

“Graham saw me play so he knows what I’m about. I’ve seen Brighton a few times so I know how they approach games, I understand football.

“It suits me and complements how I play. The gaffer said to me, “come in and play your own game and you’ll be fine”.

“I trust him and that’s a big reason why I came here.”

Now the defender is looking to build on his debut, during which he was a part of Albion history, finishing first in every win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

He said: “I made history in my first game, I can’t complain.

“Hopefully we can still do some good things this season.” Chelsea loanee happy with quick Brighton debut in win over Manchester United

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