Jason Steele praises Brighton’s Colwill, van Hecke and Turns

Jason Steele has highlighted the valuable quality that helps mark Albion defenders Levi Colwill and Jan Paul van Hecke as mature beyond their years.

He has also shown he is impressed with Mid Sussex boy Ed Turns as he seeks to reach the Premier League class with the Seagulls.

You don’t have to use a line about Steele figuratively having “the best seat in the house” to judge the back three in their Carabao Cup tie win at Forest Green Rovers.

Three sides of The Bolt New Lawn are terraced only.

You stand up to watch your football and call out for your encouragement.

As Steele himself stood and yelled from inside the Albion box, he liked what he saw in front of him.

Colwill is on loan from Chelsea for the season and will initially support the defenders in the starting XI.

His presence will allow Van Hecke to be loaned out in the league and play many games as part of his continued development.

Both players impressed in the second tier last season, Colwill with Huddersfield and van Hecke at Blackburn.

Steele skippered the Albion team in their victory at Forest Green.

He said how old is Levi, 19? He doesn’t play like a 19 year old does he?

“JP and Levi are a bit more experienced at a higher level, but they put in a fantastic effort and you could see they are very good players.”

When asked how that maturity manifests, Steele said, “They’re just very calm and comfortable out there.

“You can see that in the last 20 minutes where we have to break in a bit and they have a lot of territory, you never despair.

“Nothing is desperate. It’s very calm and that’s the mark of a good player – staying calm in difficult times and handling situations.”

Turns came through the ranks and was to the right of the three.

He had a shady moment early on when he was outsmarted on the touchline, giving Forest Green a chance to get a low cross that Steele had to collect.

But he withstood the pressure from the hosts in the second half.

Steele said: “Young Ed, some of his clearances and things like that, he’s really good.

“He gives his all the whole time he’s with us and you really can’t ask for more.”

That leap claim was the extent of Steele’s adventures in the first half as he was well protected.

He tended to get busier later on as Forest Green attacked with enthusiasm in the second half.

But he made a few particularly notable saves and enjoyed his role as senior professional and skipper.

The former Blackburn and Sunderland man was quite hoarse speaking afterwards.

He said: “You can probably hear my voice.

“I’m just talking my way through a game.

“Sometimes I just do it for myself.

“I bark all the time and sometimes just to make sure the guys know where runners are, stuff like that.

“Check the shoulders, just really keep them away from me, try to keep them as high as possible.”

https://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/20765293.jason-steele-praises-brightons-colwill-van-hecke-turns/?ref=rss Jason Steele praises Brighton’s Colwill, van Hecke and Turns

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