‘Tough’ to keep Joao Pedro at Brighton, admits Roberto De Zerbi

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Brighton caput coach Roberto De Zerbi fears it will beryllium difficult to support clasp of Joao Pedro.

The 22-year-old Brazilian (pictured left) scored 2 much penalties successful nan 4-2 location triumph complete Tottenham, expanding his full of spot-kicks to 8 retired of eight, and his extremity tally to 13 successful total.

De Zerbi said of Joao Pedro, nan club’s £30million grounds signing from Watford successful nan summer: “He was nan champion subordinate connected nan pitch.

“He played different unthinkable game. I americium really pleased pinch his betterment successful mentality, attitude. In nan protect shape he defended for illustration a centre-back for 90 mins.

“He is becoming a apical player. I dream successful nan adjacent twelvemonth to activity pinch him, but it will beryllium very tough.”

Brighton’s joyousness astatine stretching their unbeaten tally astatine nan Amex Stadium to 8 games successful each competitions was tempered by nan additions to an already lengthy wounded database of Brazilian defender Igor Julio and Argentinian guardant Fancundo Buonanotte, who were some forced off.

They will besides beryllium without England cardinal defender Lewis Dunk for Tuesday’s sojourn to West Ham, aft nan skipper collected his 5th be aware of nan campaign.

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