Why I Am In England—-Leon Balogun

By Ikenga Chronicles May 23, 2018

Why I Am In England—-Leon Balogun

German-born Leon Balogun has explained why he secured a move from a German side to England.

Premier League side Brighton completed the signing of Balolgun on Tuesday as a free agent after his contract with German club Mainz 05 expired at the end of the recently concluded Bundesliga season.

He is now the second Nigerian player to seal a move ahead of the summer market less than a week, after Dutch-born Tyronne Ebuehi swapped ADO Den Haag for Portuguese powerhouse Benfica on Saturday.

The 29- year old, who has been listed by Nigeria’s coach, Gernot Rohr in his 30-man provisional squad for the summer World Cup in Russia , was linked with a move to another Premier League outfit Huddersfield this month, but they have been beaten by their rivals, who unveiled the defender immediately he put pen to paper on a two-year deal.

The Seagulls’ boss Chris Hughton expressed his delight at the signing of the former Fortuna Dusseldorf star , saying his experience would help the team , who battled to a 15th-place finish in the Premier League last season.

“I am delighted to welcome Leon to the club,” Hughton told the club’s official website after Balogun ’ s unveiling.

“He will add more depth to our defensive options , and I am pleased to get our first piece of business done so early in the summer.”

The Super Eagles centre-back Balogun expressed his admiration for the club’s recent journey to the Premier League , saying he is ready for the challenge.

“I always had a dream to play in the Premier League, and Brighton was one of the first teams to show an interest in me ,” the former Werder Bremen player told the club’s official website.

“ I’ ve been following English football as much as I can in Germany, and I saw how they got promoted from the Championship.

“I liked the way they played last season in the Premier League too and how they were able to maintain their status. It’s really impressive how they work, not just as individuals , but as a team too.”

He added, “I think the Premier League is more competitive . The Bundesliga is probably the most comparable to the Premier League.

“ Every footballer wants to compete and I think that’ s the biggest challenge . It ’ s more physical, which I personally like. It ’ s a bit quicker as well and the individual quality in each team is on another level in comparison to the Bundesliga.

“ This is my first club outside of Germany, so there will be a lot of new stuff to adapt to , but I am looking forward to this new experience . ”