As the 2021/22 draws enters its final phase, Graham Potter can look back at a successful season with some familiar points of concern.
Brighton and Hove Albion have performed well once again in the Premier League where after 33 games they were in 10th place on 40 points. With a not so terrible run in for the Seagulls, their chances of securing a top half finish seem to be in good health. The current football betting favours them in a number of their next match ups, despite their struggles in front of goal.
Another season of safety secured, and some exciting football being played. The recruitment of Marc Cucurella and Enock Mwepu have particularly caught the eye since their arrivals.
Potter has his side playing an appealing style of play to watch, for the neutral as well, with some excellent build up play. Their issues, as reported for a number of seasons now, has been finishing of these moves. Goals continue to elude them where they only have 29 from 33 games. Only two other sides have scored less, Norwich and Burnley who are both in the relegation zone.
Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck are the only recognised centre forwards in the first team squad at present and this could be an area to strengthen in the summer once again.
It is important to remember than Brighton had signed Deniz Undav last season from Royale Union Saint Gilloise in Belgium. He has since been loaned back to the side, also owned by Brighton owner Tony Bloom, and has 25 goals in 33 games. His side won the regular season league after being a newly promoted side this season.
With Welbeck looking likely to leave at the end of the season when his contract expires, Potter may look to bring in another striker to provide more depth and competition. The likes of Fran Navarro at Gil Vicente in Portugal could suit his style of play well. The Spanish forward has 14 goals in 28 games this season and his side who could reach the Europa Conference League Qualifiers positions in the Primeria Liga.
He is of the same mould as Maupay physically. Just under six feet tall, he is a physical and quick forward who will hassle opponents but has great quality on the ball to link up play as well as finish.
Another option closer to home could be Ben Brereton-Diaz, who has had a fantastic last year since breaking into the Chilean team. His Blackburn Rovers side still have hopes for a playoff spot in the Championship, but he too could be a very interesting addition up front.
(Ben Brenton-Diaz in action)
After losing Ben White to Arsenal and Dan Burn to Newcastle United, there has since been a need to invest in a new central defender for the new season ahead.
Adam Webster and Lewis Dunk have been mainstays in the centre of defence and will be once again next season. Since the injury to Shane Duffy, who spent last season on loan at Celtic, Marc Cucurella has had to fill in at left centre back showing the lack of depth in this position.
Potter could be looking at the likes of James Tarkowski of Burnley depending on their finish to the season. Tarkowski was subject to rumours of a move before the start of the season, so this could be a good point to investigate him as a possibility.
Joe Rodon at Tottenham Hotspur has been mentioned as a target in the past, though interest seems like it may have cooled, especially since playing so little part of Spurs’ season.
Pushing the boat out
Should Brighton be keen to continue their successful scouting trips to South America recently, there are some strong and impressive players who may of interest. Agustín Rogel is a tall central defender from Uruguay, currently playing for Estudiantes in Argentina. He is an aggressive and strong player, good in the air, and has three goals already this season in the Copa Libertadores.
His side play on the counter and his defensive work is fully committed. He plays often in a back three as well, which would help with adapting to Brighton’s system. He will hassle forwards and push out and intercept the ball when the time is right. An option out of left field but someone with the physicality and determination to adapt well in the English game.
Other targets will also be considered depending on the possible departures in the summer. Yves Bissouma has been much talked about by a number of other sides, especially in the top six of the Premier League.
The midfield is looking strong and with creating depth at centre back and improving the front line, Potter will have a strong squad to work with. Their recruitment has been good across the board and Brighton fans should be excited about who may be coming into the side for next season.