By Alex Fisher
Last Updated: 22nd July 2019
Brighton only just preserved their Premier League status last season, and they have work to do to repeat the feat in 2019-20.
Former-manager Chris Hughton rallied the Seagulls superbly in the second half of the previous campaign, securing a third-successive season in the top-flight for club.
Brighton have turned to former Swansea boss Graham Potter to bring a new style of play to the Amex Stadium. And that will mean significantly re-shaping the squad.
Goals were at a premium in 2018/19, so it is no surprise to see Dwight Gayle priced at 7/1 to join Brighton from Newcastle, or Wales international Harry Wilson (9/4) linked to the Seagulls on loan.
Potter’s Swansea scored 65 goals across the Championship season – at an average of 1.46 per game. Although no great shakes, that’s an improvement on Brighton’s 35 goals in 38.
Attacking midfielder, Leandro Trossard has been drafted in to provide support for forwards Glenn Murray, Jürgen Locadia and Florin Andone. The 24-year-old scored 14 goals in the Belgian top flight with Genk last term.
Then there’s Newcastle’s Gayle. He has 53 goals across the past three seasons – but only six have come in the Premier League.
Gayle’s movement and eye for goal could give Brighton a fresh cutting edge, while the speculation over Wilson hints at more creativity.
Wilson impressed for Derby last season with 16 goals, four assists and a talent for spectacular long-range free-kicks. Brighton fans would welcome an injection of flair.
As well as boosting his attacking options, Potter also needs to strengthen the defence if Brighton are to avoid another relegation battle.
Chelsea full-back Reece James has emerged as an option following the retirement of the much-loved Bruno, while Bristol City defender Josh Brownhill is also a reported target.
Holding onto Lewis Dunk will also be a priority for Potter. The centre-back has been linked with Leicester City, should the Foxes opt to cash in on Harry Maguire.
In summary, an influx of fresh faces will give Brighton fans renewed optimism. But the club’s focus on players who are unproven in the Premiership could be a cause for concern.