SPAN­ISH STAR ROD PLEDGE TO FANS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John Hunter

BRIGHTON fans al­ready have one for­mer La Liga marks­man to cheer in Leonardo Ul­loa, but David Ro­driguez says he is very dif­fer­ent from the Ar­gen­tine.

Seag­ulls boss Os­car Gar­cia landed Ro­driguez on a deal un­til the sum­mer on dead­line day af­ter the 27year-old was re­leased from his con­tract at Celta Vigo.

He and 6ft 3ins Ul­loa have met in Spain, and the diminu­tive Ro­driguez be­lieves he is a foil to the big man not than more of the same.

The Spa­niard knows he will have to fight for a start­ing place at The Amex but has vowed to win over the Brighton fans.

“Leo and I are to­tally dif­fer­ent play­ers, but I know him from when I played against him when he was at Alme­ria, and he’s a player who can make a dif­fer­ence,” he said.

“Whether I play up along­side him though is not for me to say – that’s more to do with the coach and the sys­tem he wants to play, but now I want to help the team im­prove.

“I’m a hard-work­ing player – that’s one of my big­gest as­sets along with my speed – but the most im­por­tant thing is to get the fans be­hind me and to play well.”

Ro­driguez had a frus­trat­ing sea­son in La Liga with just five ap­pear­ances – and no goals – af­ter four-years at Celta.

His ca­reer started at Atletico Madrid be­fore spells at Sala­manca, Alme­ria and Sport­ing Gi­jon, and he is des­per­ate to be a suc­cess in Eng­land.

“It’s been a dif­fi­cult sea­son, how­ever sign­ing for Brighton has com­pen­sated that, and hope­fully my sea­son can now start again,” he added.

SPEED: David Ro­driguez

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