The Premier League wait is over for Brighton and Hove Albion
It’s always difficult for clubs to adapt to the pressure and the standards in their debut season in England’s elite. Most teams simply can’t deal with it and usually go straight back to where they came from. Brighton & Hove Albion are aiming to be different this time round.
The Albion have got a few things working in their favour. Manager Chris Hughton knows all about the English premier league, having managed Newcastle United and Norwich City here. Managers with a lot of experience really benefit newly promoted teams.
Experience is key for survival, the Albion have got three squad members who have got vast premier league experience. Midfielder Steve Sidwell has played for six premier league clubs during his career, defender Liam Rosenior has played for three and winger Kazenga Lua Lua spent three seasons with Newcastle United in England’s top tier. Having experienced members will provide a massive boost for the Albion’s survival chances.
To be successful in the English premier league, teams need to be willing to spend money and recruit well. Brighton & Hove Albion have understood this, and their summer transfer activity shows. The Albion have spent just over £26 million, with £11.7 million going on Dutch midfielder Davy Propper from PSV. This deal broke the club’s record transfer fee, and rumours circulating that the club is about to break it once more for Columbian winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge.
What the Albion need to do this season
Newly promoted teams must make their home a fortress. Brighton’s home form in the 16/17 season was nothing short of sublime. As a result, Brighton dropped only fifteen points from a possible sixty-nine. Seventeen wins, three draws and three defeats. In addition, if the Albion can achieve close to that record this season, they’ll have a great chance at survival.
Furthermore, the Albion need to remember results against bigger teams, that have spent £75 million plus on some of the best players in the world shouldn’t be too troubling. Survival is the aim for Brighton, therefore their worries should be results against teams in similar positions.
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