Gus Poyet has praised the form of Ashley Barnes so far this season, with the 21-year-old currently sitting on a tally of five goals from eight games.

Brighton made nine signings during the transfer window after being promoted to the Npower Championship, bringing in Ryan Harley, Torbjorn Agdestein, Roland Bergkamp, Will Buckley, Will Hoskens, Kezenga LuaLua, Romain Vincelot, Craig Mackail-Smith and Vicente.

And while the new faces have clearly helped give the squad some scoring power, with the Albion currently undefeated in the second-tier, Poyet believes that Barnes has made a key contribution to the side this season.

"The best thing about Ash is he knows how much we value him. We don’t care about the rest, he knows how me, Tano, Charlie and the people on the staff value him for what he does during a game,” Poyet told The Argus.


“It is very easy for people just to see 1-0 Barnes but they don’t see all his running behind the full-back, when he is coming back, when he is doing his defending at set plays.

“There are plenty of things that he does. For someone to play in this team he needs to be very good and that’s a problem for the rest, because not only is he scoring he also does the other stuff."

Brighton’s continued top form has impressed football fans and pundits alike, and with the side taking on Liverpool in a Carling Cup match in just over a week, Poyet will be hoping the high standard of football continues for the SkySports cameras.

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