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Alzate: Debut at Newcastle gave me goosebumps

15 Oct 2019
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Brighton youngster sees first PL appearance at St James' Park as just the start after being given a chance by Graham Potter

As soon as Steven Alzate learnt he was to make his Premier League debut for Brighton & Hove Albion at Newcastle United, the 21-year-old replaced an initial excitement with a determination to shine.

"I saw my name on the starting XI and as soon as I saw that my heart just started beating quick," Alzate said after receiving his Premier League Debut Ball.

"But I was ready for it. The adrenaline just hits you and the buzz around the stadium was crazy. I got goosebumps and everything."

The 21-year-old rewarded the faith of head coach Graham Potter, who has started the winger in each of the last three matches, including a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur inspired by the two goals from fellow homegrown debutant Aaron Connolly.

Alzate was on loan at Swindon Town in League Two last season, and after being handed his chance by Potter he sees his three Premier League appearances as just the beginning.

"It's everyone's dream to play in the Premier League," Alzate, who signed a new contract last month, added. "I'm grateful for the opportunity and I've got to kick on from here."

"He [Potter] has been good with all of us and the fact that he's given youngsters a chance, it's a massive thing."

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