Djite heaps praise on Gold Coast United teammates

In-form Gold Coast United striker Bruce Djite prefers not to take the limelight away from his teammates.

In-form Gold Coast United striker Bruce Djite prefers not to take the limelight away from his teammates.

The 23-year old netted a hat-trick in United’s 5-1 demolition job of Newcastle Jets on Saturday night to take his season tally to nine goals in 19 games and six in his past three.

But instead of speak about his own performance, Djite was full of praise for those around him who helped the side cruise to a big win in front of a record Skilled Park crowd.

“It was a really good feeling. I haven’t scored a hat-trick before so it was nice to get off the mark in that regard,” said Djite, who returned to Australia in September after a stint in Turkey with Genclerbirligi.

“I owe a lot to the rest of the team though because we played well and the service from midfield was good which made my job a little bit easier.

“Golgol (Mebrahtu) had a fantastic game I thought, Bas (van den Brink) was great and so was Adama (Traore), which he seems to be week in, week out.

“Peter Perchtold showed he is settling in a bit more in what was only his second game in the Hyundai A-League – we can all see his quality. If he keeps building on that he’s definitely going to be one of the top midfielders in the competition.

“The crowd played a huge part in the performance as well and you can see the potential of football on the Gold Coast. It helped the players ten-fold on the night and it was a great experience for everyone involved.”

And Djite said he is keen to simply do his job as a striker of scoring goals for the benefit of his teammates.

“Confidence is a massive factor for every striker and personally I just want to keep working hard for the team to help us have a successful season,” he added.

“It’s always good to score goals, but more importantly for us it’s about winning games.”

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