Brighton are so vanilla, despite playing some tidy, flowing football when you see one of their games is due to be shown on tv hanging wallpaper seems a more advantageous pastime. The infrastructure of the club is on point and next season is the time to kick on.
The Seagulls have outperformed the majority of their opponents via XG, if they’d scored what they had created they would be in the top half challenging for Europe. It goes without saying strikers are the top priority but a close second will be keeping hold of the man in charge, Graham Potter.
Spurs, Celtic and dare I say it Palace are all looking for a new man in charge, Potter surely will be high on their hit lists. If lost replacing him is nigh on impossible, their are not many coaches with his background, style of play and most importantly management culture. He has shown before he will leave a role for a better offer. The money men at Brighton need to back the Head Coach with a transfer pot which could potentially bring honours but with fans coming back to the stadiums also bring them to their feet every Saturday.
Lamptey or Bissouma could bring in significant funds but unless they have replacements in mind, these elite players should be kept. Maupay has not lived up to the expectations and with 2 years left on his deal it would make more sense to try and cash in on him. Any of the relegated Premier League sides would sign him, he is proven in the Championship and would be a decent squad player if promoted back to the PL.
When looking at possible attacking additions, lads like Armstrong (Blackburn) and Toney (Brentford) will be options but Brighton have gone this route with the mentioned Maupay. These lads could well make the step up but it’s a risk they may not want to take again. More likely targets could be players who have succeeded in the Europa League against Premier League clubs. Sima (Slavia Prague), he is young and plays like Wellbeck who is already at the club but with a keener eye for goal. Moreno (Villarreal) is less like any player at Brighton, after the season he’s had the Spanish club may want to cash in on him. Technically he ticks the box too, ultimately Brighton need a striker who plays within the box. If no one permanent can be brought in a season long loan deal could be option, Origi (Liverpool) springs to mind as a player who needs football and could cater Brighton’s needs.
Any other incomings should only be to bolster squad depth, it never hurts to bring in more quality so to heighten competition. This summer will show though the supporters where this club is heading over the next few years, progress or regress!