Brighton’s Davy Propper has voiced his excitement at playing alongside summer signing Joel Veltman this season, believing that the Dutch defender will bring a “winning mentality” to Graham Potter’s side.
The 28-year-old joined the Seagulls from Ajax in July for a measly £900,000 (as per The Telegraph) and his international colleague believes that Albion have bagged a bargain.
Speaking to the club’s official website about Veltman, Propper said: “He brings a lot of experience – he won a lot of trophies in Holland so he can bring that winning mentality as well. He is very good on the ball but when you come through at Ajax it’s typical that you are good technically. He has the ability to duel and battle as well so he is a typical defender in that sense.
“He has played in the Champions League. For two years Ajax had really good runs in Europe and these games match the intensity of the Premier League. He can bring a lot of good things.”
Brighton managed to pull off a cut-price coup for Veltman, who is valued at £7.2m by TransferMarkt, eight times the fee that the Seagulls reportedly paid for him.
As Propper has said, the 28-year-old arrives in Sussex with a rich CV, having won six trophies in his time at Ajax, including three Eredivisie titles. He was also a regular presence in the Amsterdam club’s run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019 and has 22 senior caps for Netherlands, two of which came in the 2014 World Cup when they finished third.
Propper’s commendation of Veltman’s technical ability and battling qualities are also backed up by the defender’s statistics. Last season, he achieved a passing success rate of 88.7% and won 3.5 headers and 3.1 tackles per game (as per WhoScored).
His passing accuracy rate was higher than anyone at the Amex Stadium, while only three Brighton players had a better match average for aerial duels. Also, the Seagulls’ best figure for tackles per game was 2.2, with Veltman surpassing that figure substantially. [via WhoScored]
Veltman is not the only summer arrival at the Amex with a rich CV. Albion also brought in Adam Lallana on a free transfer from Liverpool, where he won four trophies including the Premier League, Champions League and Club World Cup (as per TransferMarkt).
It’s not hard to see why Propper is so excited about having Veltman as a team-mate at Brighton, with the Ajax man boasting an impressive CV and set to improve the Seagulls’ defence, based on his statistics compared to his new team-mates at the Amex.
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Albion have finished 15th twice and 17th in their three seasons to date in the Premier League, doing just about enough to avoid relegation. The arrivals of proven winners in Veltman and Lallana should hopefully instil a stronger mentality which will subsequently inspire the Seagulls to push for mid-table or better from this season onward.
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