Reto Ziegler was not due to arrive at the club until January, so it is fair to say his progress is exceeding expectations.
Coach Chris Hughton believes the 18-year-old has adapted really well to the rigours of the Premiership since being thrust into first team action, initially due to injuries suffered by our left-sided players. Since then he pretty much seems to have made the left midfield spot his own.
"It is sooner than we expected, we bought him in from Switzerland earlier than we thought and that has been a plus," reflected Chris on the recruit from Grasshopper Zurich. "Our thoughts were, with getting him early, was that it would give him a longer introductory period to get used to the culture and pace of the game.
"He's come in and done very well, he is certainly very athletic for a young man and very strong as well. This has seen him able to cope with it all very well so far.
"He's got a fabulous, quick left foot and he can get a lot of power into it. That has helped him, physically he is strong for a young man and he is confident in what he is doing. That is a massive plus for anybody."
Reto has played both at left-back and left midfield in his short career so far, but Chris suspects it is the midfield role he is more suited to.
"I think in some ways he is similar to Thimothee Atouba in that he has probably played more at left back than midfield but they are both attacking players.
"If you ask me where I see Reto at this moment in the first team I would say most likely on the left of midfield. I think as he develops in the game then possibly he might move to left back, but it is nice to have the benefit of somebody who can play in both positions."