As Brighton seek to form a side which he hopes will lead them to a higher position in the Premier League table, it looks like an interesting summer for the Sussex club.
What positions are Brighton targeting?
The club will certainly look to increase their options ahead in the window. They could well turn to the championship or tap into European or South American markets. Technical Director Dan Ashworth and Head Coach Graham Potter as well as the Recruiting Department will be looking for a player with potential at a reasonable price.
In terms of other positions, the Seagulls are looking to bring in another left-back who can add competition to that area of the pitch. Solly March is expected to return from a long-term injury early next season, but Brighton are keen to strengthen options on the left side. The situation for goalkeepers may also change with the decisions to be made about Mat Ryan’s future – he has spent the second half of the season on loan at Arsenal. It is also likely that Brighton will look to offer some of the new contracts to the current squad.
What do the statistics say about Brighton?
Brighton’s biggest problem this season has been finding the back of the net, despite having a fifth consecutive Premier League football season.
Potter’s side, which has the fewest defeats of any team in the bottom half of the Premier League table, consistently record the best stats expected from their opponents. It’s a common theme for the Seagulls and they sit last in the Premier League in terms of expected goal difference, scoring 14.2 fewer goals than expected this season.
Danny Welbeck’s brilliant end-of-season form has helped in this department, but everything points to a forward to sign this summer, and if they can find the right one, they could move the table up pretty quickly.
Brighton, alongside Southampton, have also dropped more points from winning positions, dropping 23 over the season. It’s something Potter will need to consider this summer if he wants his team to climb the table next season.
What the manager said …
The importance of maintaining squad continuity for Brighton cannot be understated, but the move in the market, however, is a reality for Potter.
He said: “We’re not naive enough to know that some players are going to move, it’s part of the job of football to adjust your team a bit.
“We have to be brave enough to understand this and, at the same time, to know that we are trying to end the transfer window in a better place than when we started it, that is the challenge of any transfer window, n ‘ any summer.
“We will not change the path we are on, it will be continuous, but we also have to accept that some people move and some stay in life.”
On Bissouma …
When asked if he could give any assurances about the midfielder’s future, Potter replied, “Not really. He’s under contract with us. As far as I know, he’s going to report to the pre- season like everyone else.
“But that’s football. Like everything, in the summer we have to make good decisions and improve club football.”
What should Brighton do this summer?
Sky Sports News‘ Elliot Cook: “A big part of the focus on planning Brighton for the top-level football club’s fifth consecutive season in a row will be trying to keep a grip on key players.
“Midfielder Yves Bissouma and defender Ben White are being watched by the crème de la crème of Premier League clubs, while talks have opened with striker Danny Welbeck over signing a new contract – his current contract expires this summer.
“Bissouma, who was signed for £ 15million by Brighton manager Chris Hughton in the summer of 2018, has been a standout player for the squad in several games this season and his name is sure to come true. ‘occupy the transfer gossip columns during the window. It is understood. The 24-year-old is valued at over £ 40million by the club. It is believed that clubs could test Brighton’s resolve with offers in the window.
“White is another who could generate interest this summer – even Jose Mourinho’s Roma have been linked with a move for the 23-year-old all-rounder.
Meanwhile, Brighton’s failure to convert the high number of chances they create will lead to calls for an attacker to sign. There is no doubt that a proven 20-goal striker per season is on every mid to low-end Premier League team’s wishlist. .
“The problem is they cost money, a lot of money. Brighton does not have the financial clout of some clubs in the transfer market and has also been hit hard financially by the Covid pandemic, so expectations must be realistic. However, the club will be looking to increase their transfer options in the window. “
And after? Euros, transfer window, key dates 2021/22
Euro 2020 starts Friday June 11 – only 19 days after the conclusion of the 2020/21 Premier League season – and continues until Sunday July 11.
The 2021/22 Premier League campaign kicks off on the weekend of Saturday August 14 – 34 days after this Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
Clubs can start planning for the new term when top-level matches are released at 9 a.m. on Wednesday June 16 but transfer activities can start in earnest before this date, with the opening of the summer transfer window Wednesday June 9.
The 2021/22 championship season begins one week before the top flight on the weekend of Saturday August 7. All Sky Bet EFL matches will be announced at 9 a.m. on Thursday June 24.