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Hughton calls on new signings to improve

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Pin Hughton says Brighton's new boys will be important players this season. AFP
Hughton says Brighton's new boys will be important players this season. AFP

Hughton calls on new signings to improve

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Brighton boss Chris Hughton says his side's summer additions still need to improve if they are to feature more regularly in the coming weeks and months.

The 'Seagulls' spent almost £60m and brought in 10 players during the summer as they looked to build after avoiding relegation last term, but only Alireza Jahabakhsh has earned a regular spot in the side so far.

Indeed, three of those players have yet to start a game in the Premier League, whilst two more have started just once.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with Cardiff, Hughton asked for more form the newcomers.

"I think it would be fair to say they haven't hit the levels required yet," he explained.

"They all have different circumstances. One is about the form of the players. In Florin Andone's situation he came with an injury and had a couple of little problems that stopped his progress being as quick as he would have liked.

"Bernardo is a real talent at left-back and I think has got a bright future for us - but my choices have been a bit different and that can happen.

"Of course if the team is doing well enough - and we have stated okay - you don't make those changes. But I fully expect the new players we brought in to play a big part this season."

Meanwhile, Hughton also admitted that he is expecting Brighton's mainstays to help the new arrivals find their feet at the club.

"I think that's normal," he said. "The progress of new players can be down to so many things; a settling in period, how well the team is going, what position they play etc.

"At the moment we have as competitive a squad as we have ever had. That's what we wanted."

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