Nigerian defender Leon Balogun, says he has had to endure one of the toughest moments of his career at Brighton, where he found himself on the bench for the major part of his contract at the club.
Balogun joined Brighton from German side, Mainz, in the summer of 2018 but only made 12 appearances for the club, scoring once, before being loaned to Wigan, where he featured six times before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 31-year-old admitted that it was difficult breaking the central defensive partnership of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk, and had to look elsewhere for more game time.
“I couldn’t break into the Brighton team because of the solid backline partnership of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk, which is the gaffer’s choice. I think he preferred the duo he had and he stuck with them.
“It is a clear statement, you play the same set of players all the time and when you get the opportunity to play three or four games he says you’ve done well and next thing you find yourself back on the bench.”