Saturday, 14 July 2018

Brilliant Brighton

The Premier League has an influx of teams on England’s stunning south coast and the seagulls of Brighton are soaring high in the top flight. Brighton have made sensational strides to the top of the English football pyramid and the club and their fans are gearing for their 2nd consecutive season. Their return a year ago was greeted with amazing celebrations and I don’t think many expected them to survive but they had a brilliant first season and comfortably secured their Premier League status with weeks left off the season. Brighton fans have been through thick and thin with their football club surviving liquidation in the late 1990s and raising through the English football league and now they are where only Brighton fans could have dreamt off in the top flight with stability across all areas of the club and growth in the city economically and they will want their crest of a wave to continue for many years to come.

Brighton’s current success is certainly down to a strong team ethic and belief in the whole football club and Chris Hughton is the focal point to everything Brighton have done during his 4 years at the helm. Chris Hughton has built a squad built on hard work defensively with solid figures like Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy but show a subtle possession, passing game which the Brighton fans thoroughly enjoy watching and he will be determined that the fans’ loyalty is constantly rewarded. Chris Hughton has worked miracles during his time at the club taking them from the cusp off Championship relegation to Premier League stars. Brighton will have ambition like every football club and will hope to secure safety early, so they can go on and aim higher such as a top half finish or a cup run and I’m sure Chris Hughton will discuss with the board and the players as to what he wants to achieve this season at Brighton. Chris Hughton will want to keep the core of his squad that has served him brilliantly and club captain Bruno certainly resonates everything Chris Hughton has installed at the club and the Brighton fans adore their club captain, admiring his passion, hard work and love for the football club. While he might not play as bigger role this season, he will be with the club every step off the way as a player and fan.

The transfer window is upon us and with a new earlier closure in England, the clubs must act quickly to get business done and Chris Hughton has been a reliable source in past windows for Brighton bringing quality players such as Pascal Gross, Jose Izquierdo and getting business done early. This window has been no exception with Hughton acting quickly to sign Leon Balogun from Mainz, Florian Andone from Deportivo and Bernardo from RB Leipzig. Chris Hughton’s shrewd signings have highlighted areas of the pitch Brighton needed to strengthen because certainly they didn’t score too many goals and certainly Andone will add goals to this side having scored a lorry load of goals in a poor Deportivo side. However, Hughton has also strengthen his defensive core because there aren’t too many options for Hughton if there were defensive injuries or suspensions last season but adding Balogun and Bernardo will certainly give Hughton strong options. Furthermore, I’m sure Chris Hughton isn’t finished just yet in the transfer market as Brighton lacked goals and at times creativity in midfield last season. Despite the brilliance of Pascal Gross, Brighton lacked someone like him who will create chances and pop up with the odd goal in games. I’m sure Chris Hughton will address this issue and I’m confident Brighton will be fine in the league next season and they will hope to continue last season success.

Things are exciting for the seagulls of Brighton right now and I’m sure Chris Hughton will comfortably keep Brighton in the top flight and the fans will hope that safety is just the start as realistically they will hope a top half finish isn’t out of reach and I’m sure they will travel the thousands of miles to support their team wherever they go. Brilliant Brighton will hope this season is their year for something special to happen.

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