Brighton Hove Albion summer signing, Leon Aderemi Balogun has given himself a hefty personal charge to do better in his next match with his new club, as he believes he has a lot to show against Birmingham City on Saturday.
Though he lasted one hour in The Seagulls’ 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic on Tuesday, the former Mainz of Germany defender insists he was not at his best and must step up his efforts in the next outing.
Balogun is now firing himself up to prove more of his mettle, but added that he was excited after making his debut for Brighton in their draw with Charlton.
The 30-year-old stopper, who joined the English Premier League side in June, featured for over an hour in the encounter, during which his side battled till late to eke out a draw.
Although pleased with his maiden appearance, Balogun, who again acknowledged the warm welcome he got from the club on his arrival, said he is settling in well at his new abode, but says he wants to quickly fit into the squad and improve on his game.
“I think we have a nice group with a great team spirit. I took some time to walk through the Laines at the weekend which I enjoyed a lot.
“It’s very multicultural with a lot of creative people; I like the scene in Brighton and I think this could be a wonderful time for me over here.
“I enjoyed (my first match) a lot, and I wanted to soak it up. Now I want to give my all and just try to improve. I posted something on Instagram and I had a very warm welcome.
“I’m an aggressive player with the typical German discipline, but what I am trying to do now is fit in, because there are some differences.
“I like the physical aspects of the game, and I am also looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere here, which I got a sense of in the game on Tuesday.”