Last season Brighton finally managed to clinch promotion to the Premier League after coming close on a number of occasions. Now the hard work starts and if they want to stay in the top tier of English football investment is unquestionably needed.
Brighton do need to bring in some Premier League experience urgently, with their only current players with top flight experience being Steve Sidwell and Shane Duffy.
Brighton have already looked to make a couple of early purchases with 25 year old Pascal Gross form Ingolstadt, who scored five goals last term in the Bundesliga, being the first through the door – in spite of this, much more is needed if Brighton are to stay up.
Brighton should look at some of the players who aren’t getting in to the top teams and could use the move to restart their careers. Two players that could be in Brighton’s price range could be Carl Jenkinson and Ashley Young.
Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson is desperate for a move away and at Brighton he could find regular game time, especially as Brighton hero Bruno Saltor isn’t getting any younger. The other being Ashley Young from Manchester United who; on his day, possesses tremendous quality to bring to a team like Brighton.
He would bring his excellent crossing ability, which strikers Hemed and Murray could live off, whilst Young would also take some pressure off Brighton’s talisman Anthony Knockheart. Both these players would go straight in the starting line-up and would cost too much outright, the only stumbling block could be their wages.
One position Brighton is desperate for is a new goalkeeper after David Stockdale’s refusal of a new contract. They have now been linked with a move for Valencia’s Maty Ryan, who could be the answer but for the quoted £10 million Brighton could get as good player who has Premier League experience.
Another target could be Darren Randolph from West Ham who is a very capable goalkeeper. With West Ham looking set to go after Joe Hart, Randolph could be available on the cheap leaving money to be spent elsewhere within the outfield positions.
Brighton could also do with signing a new centre back to replace Shane Duffy who looks like he could be out of his depth in the top flight. Brighton should target Harry Maguire of Hull City and Ben Gibson of Middlesborough.
Despite these two being relegated last season, they both shone for their teams and even lead to calls to be in the England squad. Both could be available for cheap as they won’t want a return to the Championship and could become vital players for Brighton next season.
Also with the loan of Sebastien Pocognoli ending a new left back is needed to compete with Rosenior. A loan move for Liverpool’s Joe Gomez could answer that question, just recently back from injury. Gomez is desperate for some playing time which he can get at Brighton. Or should that fail a loan for Leicester’s Ben Chiwell could be a smart move as it would help the young Englishmen’s progress, and he has shown at time to be more than capable.
Brighton have also been linked with moves to improve their options going forward. They have joined the queue for Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham on loan for next season but they will have to fight off competition from Newcastle, West Ham and Crystal Palace.
However Brighton might be a more attractive option for Abraham with more potential for game time on offer at Brighton. He could be fantastic for the Gulls if he carries on his record from the championship last season where he scored an impressive 23 goals in 40 games. Brighton have also joined West Ham in the pursuit for Ludogrets’ Brazilian winger Jonathan Cafu, which if he can be like the actual Cafu could be a brilliant signing.
So if Brighton are serious about staying in the Premier League investment is needed urgently to add to their inexperienced side. Keep up to date on all of Brighton’s Summer transfer dealings with 90MAAT– your digital Premier League guide.
Written By Henry Tomlinson.
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