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Kjell Scherpen A 6ft 8in Goalkeeper From Ajax Has Joined Brighton

Kjell Scherpen, a Dutch goalkeeper who previously played for Ajax, has joined Brighton.
The 6ft 8in tall Holland Under-21 international will compete with first-choice goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, who made 27 appearances for Graham Potter’s team last season.
If Scherpen plays in the Premier League for Brighton this season, he will join former Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon and ex-Everton attacker Lacina Traore as the joint-tallest Premier League players of all time.
Kjell Scherpen (above), a 21-year-old Ajax goalkeeper, has joined Brighton. Scherpen stands at 6ft 8in tall, making him the joint-tallest Premier League player ever. ‘We’re happy to welcome Kjell to the club,’ said Seagulls manager Potter.
‘He’s a guy we’ve been keeping an eye on for a while, and we think he’s got a lot of the right qualities.’
Scherpen joined Ajax in 2019 and made nearly 30 appearances for the club’s second team during his two seasons there, before making his senior debut for the Dutch giants earlier this year.
The Eredivisie club gave the 21-year-old four first-team appearances, including a start in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Roma in April.
Brighton also have Jason Steele, a tall shot stopper who is also a Holland Under-21 international, although back-up shot stoppers Christian Walton and Maty Ryan have both left the Amex Stadium in the summer transfer window.
Walton, a former England Under-21 goalkeeper, had been at the team since 2013, but had only appeared six times for the club and had yet to play in the Premier League.
Ryan, meanwhile, spent the second half of last season on loan at childhood club Arsenal before signing a permanent move with Real Sociedad in Spain this summer.
Brighton will play in England’s top division for the sixth consecutive season this season, however they have never placed better than 15th in that time.

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