In the return of the new year, the good thing was looking for Brighton. They were seated in second place, 10 points from the drop field and Wolves four in seventh place.
Seagulls were part of a solid mid-table table that included Bournemouth, Everton, Leicester, Watford, West Ham and Wolves. This group has escaped the second half of the season. And they have a boy.
Brighton has not won the Premier League match since January 5, the Bournemouth FA Cupan. They still do not have to win the Premier League match in 2019, and now they're 16th, a three point drop zone. At the end of the games played at night, this gap would be only two cups, if Southampton avoids victory.
Peter Goldstein recently argued that Brighton overlapped At the beginning of the season, the earlier spelling was pretty good, and this is a deviation towards it: a position supported by xGa.
The problem is that once their 2019 form has been reverted to the "right" position of the league, the pendulum has gone to the other side of the real danger. Since the beginning of the year, fewer points have been taken than the Premier League: only two. Even Claude Puel Leicester and Huddersfield have done four.
A good case has just been promoted a couple of years ago, the lower league outings are always likely to be a reasonable hope for Brighton; If you fight against the fall, it's not shame because it is not for Cardiff or Huddersfield. This position is not reasonable.
Brighton fans may have more doubts, despite the fact that this season has improved in the season, despite the fact that many recruits are very expensive.
There's no point in Brighton fans' relocation, so any business negotiation is likely to hit and miss. Bournemouth, especially, has attracted critics especially for the special contracting record.
But Brighton does not stop so much. According to Transfermarkt, after Brighton's promotion of 2017/18, Brighton had £ 135m in 27 permanent sessions: 11 season in the last season, 16 of which 27, only four (Mat Ryan, Davy Propper, Pascal Gross and Martin Montoya) Brighton- More than 50% of the Premier League minutes have been signed since signing. and of these four, Montoya was alone this season.
Twenty-seven of these candidates were children, which is to alleviate some, but still leaves 17 or more players on July 23. Signing up to 13 major players and practically not playing is a tremendous use of resources. This great signature by Alireza Jahanbakhsh is due to the fact that it is more damaging than seasonal layoffs.
It could be Chris Hughton's loyalty to the party, depending on what you want to paint. The Brighton Premier League played more than half a minute in the championship, Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, Dale Stephens, Glenn Murray, Solly March, Gaetan Bong and Anthony Knockaert.
But despite the fact that this loyalty is admirable, despite the many defeats made by the players, there have been two consequences: although Brighton identifies good players and makes purchases, Hughton does not want to play, or do not spend money earning worse than errors player buys
They are both identical, but each one allows the club to make different corrective actions before the next transfer window. The main priority of today is to stay in the Premier League and seem to rescue or jeopardize the next three or four league games: Huddersfield (h), Palace (a) and Southampton (h), a joint post against Cardiff behind the race it should be part.
But after deciding his fate once again, Brighton has the right to identify and make mistakes in his recruitment process.
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