Brighton have completed the signing of teenage midfielder Jensen Weir from Wigan Athletic.
His father David, the former Everton and Scotland defender, is also involved at Brighton as the club’s loan player manager, as per Sussex Live.
Weir is still very much a rough diamond rather than a polished gem, having only made four senior appearances for Wigan, just one of which was in the Championship (and that was an eight-minute substitute cameo in a final day clash). Even in his fledgling career, though, he has shown an ability to play in multiple positions, alternating between the centre of midfield and a right-sided role. [via TransferMarkt]
His move to Brighton has echoes of the Seagulls’ signing of Aaron Connolly. The Irish forward came to Sussex four years ago as a 16-year-old who had never even played at senior level and who was subsequently loaned out to Luton in order to gain first team experience.
Having patiently waited for a proper chance at his parent club, though, the 20-year-old took it in some style, scoring twice on his full Premier League debut in the 3-0 win over Tottenham last October. He has since been a regular first team presence under Graham Potter, making 13 top-flight starts and 23 league appearances this season.
Aside from Connolly, Tariq Lamptey and Alexis Mac Allister are two other examples of young players who have recently been thrown into the team by Potter for a first taste of senior action at Brighton and not looked out of place.
While Lamptey and Mac Allister have made a short-term impact, Connolly has shown that young players at Brighton can forge their way into Potter’s plans for the longer haul.
Can Jensen Weir become a Brighton first team regular like Aaron Connolly has done?
That should offer huge hope to Weir upon his move to the Amex Stadium and, even if he has to bide his time before getting a chance to prove his worth in the Seagulls’ first team, he makes the move to Sussex knowing that there are role models towards which he can aspire in terms of making the all-important breakthrough.
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