Totally Buzzed is previewing every single Premier League team ahead of the 2021/2022 campaign and now it is the turn of Brighton.
How last season went:
Brighton finished 13 points clear of the relegation zone, so it’s hard not to say mission accomplished. After all, The Seagulls were likely among people’s favourites for the drop ahead of the campaign as they finished only 7 points above 18th-placed Bournemouth in the 2019-20 campaign. There were also plenty of memorable results and performances to convince supporters that the club is heading in the right direction after all the club beat Spurs 1-0 in January, reigning champions Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield in February and even defeated Manchester City 3-2 in May thanks to a Dan Burn winner. As for other competitions, Brighton were eliminated from the EFL Cup in the fourth round of the tournament courtesy of Manchester United and exited the FA Cup at the fifth round stage. It was an in-form Leicester City side that kicked the Seagulls out of the FA Cup, though it’s worth noting the Foxes required a 94th-minute winner by Kelechi Iheanacho to get the job done.
Brighton’s Premier League Stats – 2020/21:
Brighton Player Stats – 2020/21:
Top Scorer Across All Competitions: Neal Maupay – 8 goals in 36 appearances (0.27 goals per 90 minutes, 338 minutes per goal)
Top Scorer – Premier League Only: Maupay – 8 goals in 33 outings (315 minutes per goal)
Most Assists Across All Competitions: Pascal Gross – 10 assists in 40 appearances (1.77 chances created per 90minutes)
Most Assists – Premier League Only: Gross – 8 assists in 34 outings
Most Tackles Per Game (On Average) – Premier League Only: Bernardo (3.33 per game)
Most Minutes Played Across Premier League Fixtures – Top 3:
- Ben White (3195 minutes) 2. Yves Bissouma (3114 minutes) 3. Lewis Dunk (2933 minutes)
1st five league fixtures:
Burnley (A): Brighton and Burnley couldn’t be separated both times they faced each other last season. The pair drew 0-0 at the AMEX Stadium in November 2020 before drawing 1-1 at Turf Moor in February 2021.
Watford (H): Watford have failed to beat Brighton in their last three meetings. The last meeting saw the duo go head to head in February 2020 at the AMEX Stadium, with the game ending 0-0. In the meeting before that, Brighton swept aside the Hornets at Vicarage Road as they recorded a comfortable 3-0 win.
Everton (H): Everton defeated the Seagulls 4-2 in a goal-filled game at Goodison Park back in October last year, however, the pair couldn’t be separated in their last clash with the two sides drawing 0-0 at the AMEX Stadium in April.
Brentford (A): Brighton last locked horns with The Bees in the Championship during the 2016/17 season. The Seagulls drew 3-3 with the London club at Griffin Park and lost to The Bees 2-0 when hosting them at Falmer Stadium.
Leicester City (H): Brendan Rodgers’ side got the better of Brighton on all three occasions that the two sides met last season. Leicester defeated the Seagulls 3-0 at the King Power Stadium in December 2020, then eliminated them from the FA Cup when hosting them in February before handing Potter’s side one more defeat before the season ended, by beating them 2-1 at the AMEX Stadium in March.
Brighton Fan Perspective: Alex (@AlexCous – Twitter)
Best Player: Pascal Gross, often goes unnoticed but his distribution skills and the number of chances created are high. If we had a striker that could finish, you would see his name in the headlines a lot more. He also makes us a threat with his set-piece deliveries. He is also a great leader and personality in the squad so his impact is not just restricted to on the pitch. Bissouma would be a strong second on talent alone.
Promising Youngster: Tariq Lamptey looked like our best player whenever he was on the pitch but he missed a large amount of the season through injury. His strength, pace, and crossing are something we sorely lacked this season.
The player who is likely to surprise people (underrated/less known): Burn really came into his own towards the end of last season and was vital to our build-up play, if his form continues I think his name will be seen much more frequently.
Thoughts on the manager: Graham Potter has done tremendous work with the team and has got us playing with a clear and distinct style. Our recruitment team received an overhaul when he arrived too and a large portion of his early time here involved offloading players that we had recently purchased but did not fit his system. We had to spend most of our money his first 2 years to keep up with the league and undo previous work! I do think he is not as adaptable as he could be and does not vary his tactics often enough, but we lack the depth in some areas to do this.
Worried About/Weakness of squad: No one can finish a chance! The amount of chances we create but fail to capitalise is criminal. Maupay is too slow on the ball and lacks confidence but his hold-up play often goes unnoticed. Danny Welbeck has been good for us but his fitness is a concern.
Dream Transfer: Erling Halaand. I’ve already mentioned our lack of attacking threat and he offers this in buckets as well as providing us with much-needed pace.
Realistic Transfer: Tammy Abraham I think would be a good purchase for us but would cost 20 million more than our record spend and goes against our transfer strategy so even this I don’t think would be likely. A lower league striker such as Adam Armstrong may be more likely, but I do not think he would fit our style too well.
Player you fear leaving: Bissouma I think will go next season after we fought off some early interest this season. A lot of teams are in need of a decent CDM (United) but I think we would be able to get a good price for him. He provides so much to our team and is a key reason as to why our defence performs so well. Whilst Ben White is a terrific player, CB is not a position we struggle with – Veltman, Webster and Dunk are all strong in this position but often play out of position due to injuries.
League Expectation: If our goals conceded drops and matches our expected stats I think mid-table 10th-12th would be a strong finish for us. Our main issue, though, is scoring goals and we need more wins on the board.
League Prediction: I think 12th-13th is achievable if our players maintain fitness and make a couple of good signings.
Biggest Rival This Season/Love It If We Beat them: Manchester United. We lost to them both times last season in very close games and really should have nipped them in at least one of the games. Beating the ‘big’ teams is something we also struggle with.
Any Other Comments about Brighton: A good base to build upon and I think things are looking much more promising for a future. We just need our end results to match up with how we play and our expected stats!