Premier League new boys Brighton and Hove Albion announced another new signing on the club’s official website yesterday afternoon, with the Seagulls completing a deal for forward Steven Alzate.
The 18-year-old is an incredibly highly-rated talent, with The Sun reporting that Brighton beat off nine competitors to secure his services, and he is set to arrive from National League club Leyton Orient.
Alzate will join Brighton on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, and he is poised to go straight into the academy system at the Amex Stadium where he will start training with the under-23 squad.
Who is Steven Alzate?
Born in Camden, London in 1998, Alzate was snapped up by Leyton Orient’s youth system and has since been working his way through the age groups, making his first-team debut during last season.
During the first part of last year – when playing for Orient’s Under-18 side – he managed 11 goals and 22 assists in just 24 matches, catching the eye of former first-team manager Omer Riza enough for him to award him his first-team debut as a substitute during the defeat at Stevenage in February.
And despite it being a tumultuous campaign as far as Leyton Orient are concerned, ending in relegation from the Football League and financial strain, Alzate was a constant bright spark with his talent and desire.
What do they say about him?
Ahead of joining up with the Under-23 squad, coach Simon Rusk said: “We are delighted to welcome Steven into the squad.
“He is someone who did well to break into the Leyton Orient first team from their academy last season, and adds a new dimension to our attacking options.”
Where will he fit in at Brighton?
There’s an attacking flair to Alzate’s play whenever on the pitch and it is no surprise that there transpired to be such a tussle to sign him, with there being a lot of potential to be unlocked.
Even at just 18 years of age, there is a versatility to his play that – given a few years to develop and nurture – could become a real asset to Brighton’s first-team, improving options in the final third.
He is comfortable playing either on the wing or in a lone striking role, and based on his goal-scoring antics for Leyton Orient’s Under-18 side it’s clear to see that he’s got a prolific edge in front of goal.
Alzate is certainly a tricky customer to handle, happiest when driving at a retreating defence and feinting moves on the inside or outside, and he seems to have great awareness of where his teammates are around him, already having the maturity to not hold onto possession for too long.
There’s an awful long way for the youngster to go before he even gets anywhere near Brighton’s starting eleven, but, as far as his potential goes, the Seagulls have secured themselves a real coup.