Pervis Estupinan is preparing for his Premier League debut


History will tell us that Marc Cucurella was accepted into rough English football with a slap in the face and had a pretty average debut.

Some of this is true as far as it goes.

It won’t tell us that the ‘Welcome to the Premier League’ hit came from fellow countryman Sergi Canos rather than an English slugger.

Nor that he actually had quite a decent game as the Seagulls recorded a win and a clean sheet against a lively Brentford side still ecstatic about promotion and their win over Arsenal.

It just wasn’t quite as good as the 34 that followed.

That’s the thing about human memory. It can be fallible or play tricks.

As the massively haired has reminded us of late, history can no doubt be adjusted at times after he’s practiced his free-kicks.

Still, it’s fair to say that Cucurella fit seamlessly into a new club, a new country and Premier League football.

Just like Moises Caicedo towards the end of last season.

Others found it more difficult at first.

These may include players who have become big favorites like Yves Bissouma and Pascal Gross (although the latter has been particularly quick to adapt after a wake-up call at Leicester).

One or two others never quite got going.

But the difference in style, tactics and general appearance between top-flight English football and what we see across the Channel has narrowed sharply in recent years.

Which is great in some ways and a bit of a shame in others.

English games these days look a lot like Spanish games – certainly more so than in years past.

That should allow Pervis Estupinan to head into his Premier League debut with confidence, be it at the London Stadium or elsewhere.

The Ecuadorian left-back has been included in tomorrow’s squad to face West Ham following his move from Villarreal.

Graham Potter and his staff will clearly do everything they can to ensure things run smoothly from the start.

But the head coach said: “It’s a bit case by case and it depends on the player and what we ask.

“Sometimes you can hit the ground running and everything goes well for the player and the confidence is good and you win games.

“When Marc first came we had good results and the team performed well so everything feels a little bit better.

“Moises, for example, had a really good start.

“I think he’s played ten games and we’ve only lost one, so he thinks the Premier League is a walk in the park compared to reality.

“There will be other players that we can name who have perhaps struggled a bit for various reasons – the team, them, bad luck.

“I don’t have an easy answer that I can see into the future and that person is going to take so much time and that person is going to take so much time.

“All we can do is try to create an environment where everyone has the best opportunity to show their quality and bring what they can onto the pitch.

“Then the player is down.

“It’s always the players, they’re the ones out there who take responsibility.

“They are the ones who succeed or fail, we are only there to help them or pick them up.”

Estupinan will have to learn a new language practically from scratch, something that also applied to Bissouma, Caicedo, Cucurella and, if you want to go back to it, current trainer and former skipper Bruno.

When asked if Estupinan can speak English, Potter said, “Not so much, but that’s the challenge for all of us to help him learn English quickly.

“Moises was like that. He didn’t speak that much so it’s amazing when you can communicate throughout the club, it makes things easier for you.”

Potter has spoken about Estupinan having the right qualities for England and ex-Albion and Valencia star Vicente told The Argus this week that the player’s physical abilities would suit his new league.

Albion was first mentioned in connection with Estupinan two years ago before he went to Villarreal.

Since then, he’s obviously played against the best Spain has to offer.

He also faced Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool in Europe last season, as well as Bayern Munich.

Those Villarreal adventures also included two games (and two wins) against Enock Mwepu two seasons ago when they played Red Bull Salzburg.

Just last month there was a pre-season appearance against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

And like Caicedo, he’s met South America’s best while playing for Ecuador. So all the grounding is there. But the prem is the prem.

Potter said: “He’s an attacking full-back.

“The club and I know him so he’s someone we’ve been following for a while.

“He has some qualities that we believe can be useful for us and we look forward to working with him.

“He’s just arrived, he needs to settle in and all that stuff you would expect.

“He made a really good impression, so we’re looking forward to working with him.”

As someone in our nation’s Olympic Stadium may say tomorrow, ‘Welcome to the Premier League Pervis Estupinan is preparing for his Premier League debut

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