Player News - Brighton & Hove Albion

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Glenn Murray's stoppage time penalty drew Brighton even with Southampton 2-2 in Monday's south coast derby to close Week 5 in the Premier League.

Glenn Murray is having something of a late-career renaissance at Brighton. The 34-year-old has started the season in fantastic form with his penalty today making it four goals in five matches. Eden Hazard leads the division with five goals in five matches and Murray joins Romelu Lukaku, Sadio Mane, and fellow surprise package Aleksandar Mitrovic in second place in the scoring table with his four. With names like Sergio Aguero, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, and Roberto Firmino in the rearview mirror it is a blistering start. Look for Murray to cool down but a 12-15 goal season doesn't seem out of reach given the fast start and his usual scoring rate stretched out over the rest of the campaign.
Sep 17 - 5:18 PM

Brighton winger José Izquierdo has finally returned to training after a knee injury suffered featuring for Colombia at the World Cup sidelined him.

After making a positive impact in the latter half of last season, Izquierdo will yet again have to prove himself as Solly March's performances since the start of the season have been good. Chris Hughton echoed that in his pre-match press conference this week: "We just want as strong a squad as possible, but in the period of time he (Izquierdo) has been out Solly March has done really well and has got stronger as the games have gone on. It’s great to have that level of competition." It seems GW5 may be too early for Izzy, but he will return to Albion's bench in the next few weeks, providing a great differential option for fantasy managers.
Source: The Argus
Sep 14 - 6:56 AM

Brighton's summer signing Florin Andone will finally make his bow for the club on Friday in a reserve game.

The Romanian striker arrived at the AMEX from relegated La Liga side Deportivo La Coruña in the summer. However, a groin injury means that he is yet to feature since the season began, and has only been on the field for 45 minutes for Brighton in a pre-season friendly against Nice. His return will be good for Glenn Murray and Jurgen Locadia, providing even more competition. Furthermore, Hughton is excited by the prospect of using Locadia to get in behind and stretch opposition defences in a way his other forwards can't. The options bode well for Albion as they try build momentum to survive another season in the top flight.
Source: The Argus
Sep 14 - 6:52 AM

Two goals from Glenn Murray was enough to pull a point from a losing position in a 2-2 draw versus Fulham.

Brighton started off with better chances in this one putting pressure on leading to Glenn Murray drawing a penalty. As he charged forward, Murray was chopped down by Luciano Vietto and Gross took the penalty. It wasn’t a bad take but Marcus Bettinelli guessed right and saved the low penalty. It looked like Brighton would get the first goal as they were in control early but the ball found the feet of Andre Schurrle who calmly slotted it home giving Fulham the lead at halftime. Fulham looked to gain confidence after the break but an error by Lewis Dunk led to Aleksandar Mitrović finding the back of the net. Chris Hughton pulled Gross for Yves Bissouma and the tides turned. Anthony Knockaert found Murray in the 67th minute as Murray gets better with age. Mitrovic was on the end of a penalty decision as his handball in the box gifted Murray his second goal of the match securing a point for the Seagulls.
Sep 1 - 12:08 PM

Jose Izquierdo will miss out again this weekend as the winger struggles to shake off an injury.

Ahead of the opening weekend, manager Chris Hughton revealed the Colombian international would take a ‘little more time to get up-to speed’ following his involvement at the World Cup. But, while his absence was initially thought to be fitness-related, further updates indicate that Izquierdo is side-lined due to an ongoing knee complaint. Prior to the game with Manchester United, the 26-year-old was said to be "very close" although he failed to make the matchday squad and wasn’t one of those overage players involved for the development side at Arsenal on Monday evening. Having missed the last month, it could be maybe mid-September before the Seagulls see Izquierdo back in action.
Source: Reuters
Aug 25 - 10:41 AM

Nigeria international Leon Balogun is poised to make his first Premier League start at Anfield on Saturday following the news that Lewis Dunk will be side-lined for several weeks.

Balogun entered the fray after 20 minutes on Sunday when vice-captain Dunk hurt his ankle in a challenge with Romelu Lukaku which he failed to shake off. It didn’t look good for the big centre-back who watched the second half on crutches with his right ankle in a protective cast. However, subsequent tests confirm the damage is not as serious as initially thought. "At the moment it doesn’t look long, so that’s a positive," said manager Chris Hughton. "It’s certainly not as bad as it might have been. How long we don’t know but we are probably talking weeks." Balogun will play alongside Shane Duffy while the Brighton backline will also retain the services of Spaniard Martin Montoya at right-back as Bruno Saltor continues his recovery from a minor hamstring strain.
Source: The Argus
Aug 22 - 5:08 AM

Pascal Gross converted a penalty just before halftime and gave Brighton sufficient margin to see out their 3-2 home win over Manchester United on Sunday.

It was the first big scalp of the season by a mid-table side over one of the big boys. Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy scored in the 25th and 27th minutes respectively to give the home team a 2-0 lead. Manchester United clawed a goal back through Romelu Lukaku but it was Gross converting a penalty just before halftime that gave Chris Houghton's side the necessary goals to withstand Paul Pogba's penalty late in stoppage time of the second half. The win will be a massive early boost the Brighton's survival campaign.
Source: espn.com
Aug 19 - 2:19 PM

Brighton captain Bruno Saltor will miss Sunday's visit of Manchester United to the AMEX owing to a hamstring injury suffered in the 2-0 loss to Watford in GW1.

However, Chris Hughton has confirmed that the injury is nowhere near as bad as was initially feared. He may return to training before GW3. Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo are also close to a recovery but will not be ready in time for Sunday. Summer signing Martin Montoya should make his debut for the Seagulls at right-back against the Red Devils. After a very disappointing first game of the season, it wouldn't be a shock to see Yves Bissouma and Alireza Jahanbakhsh, both summer signings who debuted off the bench in GW1, make the starting 11 too.
Source: The Argus
Aug 17 - 11:59 AM

Bruno Saltor is an early doubt for the visit of Manchester United next weekend after limping off during the 2-0 defeat to Watford.

The veteran full-back was replaced within half-an-hour at Vicarage Road to compound a truly miserable afternoon in London. Manager Chris Hughton said his side were outclassed in "most departments" and he had no complaints about the result. "We never had anywhere near enough of an effect on the game. No excuses." Bernardo was the only summer signing to start on Saturday, and the left-back was forced to switch flanks following the loss of Bruno to a muscular problem. "He felt his hamstring," Hughton said. "As with all muscle injuries you don't really know the extent." If tests reveal a strain, it is likely to keep him sidelined for at least a fortnight and Gaetan Bong could come into the side. Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone are also pushing for their inclusion after missing the opener while Jurgen Locadia, who was an unused substitute, will compete with Glenn Murray to lead the Seagulls attack.
Source: The Argus
Aug 13 - 5:00 AM

Brighton have completed the signing of right-back Martin Montoya from Valencia for an undisclosed fee.

Montoya is a graduate of Barcelona's La Masia academy and former treble winner with the Catalan club's all-conquering 2015 side. That season proved to be his final season at the club as he made just eight appearances. He had voiced his frustration and agitated for a move in the winter window that season but ended up staying at the club for a gilded final six months. Since then, he spent time on-loan at Inter and Real Betis before a two-year spell at Valencia. "Martin's pedigree is excellent, and I'm delighted we have been able to add a player of his standing to our squad. There's no doubt he will improve our options in the right-back position," said Brighton boss Chris Hughton.
Source: The Argus
Aug 9 - 6:25 PM

Glenn Murray and Jurgen Locadia have both been passed fit ahead of Brighton's Gameweek 1 opener on Saturday.

Unfortunately for Chris Hughton, they will have to do without first-choice left winger José Izquierdo and summer signing Florin Andone.
Source: The Argus
Aug 9 - 5:41 PM

Dan Burn has completed a move to Brighton from Championship club Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

The 6'7" centre-back will not feature for the club until at least 2019 though, as he has returned to Wigan on loan until January 1. Burn, who has signed a four-year contract, is in the process of recovering from a foot injury and will continue his return to match fitness at the Championship club. Chris Hughton welcomed the signing, citing Burns' imposing size and impressive form in League One as the motivation behind the move. Burn previously played in the Premier League with Fulham but he has made just nine top-flight appearances in total.
Source: The Argus
Aug 9 - 5:36 PM

Chris Hughton is not prepared to gamble on the fitness of summer signing Florin Andone meaning the striker could miss the season opener at Watford.

The 25-year-old was absent from the squad which faced Nantes in the Seagull’s final game of pre-season on Friday. Despite his recent recovery from a niggling groin problem, Hughton decided not to take any risks: "We are just managing him. There’s no doubt he will be fine, we’ve just got to manage him the best way we can." Jurgen Locadia is another who could miss out although he has returned to training following a minor muscular issue. Glenn Murray should benefit at Vicarage Road as long as he can shake off his own minor injury: "He’s a little bit sore; he took a whack on Thursday and didn’t complete training. We expect him to be training in a few days." Alireza Jahanbakhsh looks poised to start amongst the subs on Saturday: "There's a big question mark as to whether [he's] ready to start the first game. Having some involvement off the bench is more likely."
Source: Reuters
Aug 7 - 7:27 AM

Glenn Murray looks set to lead the Seagulls attack in game week one as Jurgen Locadia struggles to shake off the groin problem he suffered at Wimbledon 10 days ago.

The Dutchman has been restricted to just six Premier League appearances since arriving at the club with a hamstring strain in January and was hoping for an injury-free pre-season, but a setback now means he is a major doubt for the trip to Watford. "Jurgen has felt something but he was very quick to go down," Chris Hughton revealed post-match. "He has come back in really good shape and we’re hopeful it’s nothing too bad." However, Locadia has not featured in any of the subsequent fixtures and he looks to be losing his race to be ready for August 11. On Tuesday, Florin Andone and Alireza Jahanbakhsh were handed their first minutes in a win over Nice, but the Brighton boss admitted both are still short of match fitness. "There’s a big question mark as to whether they’re both ready to start the first game. Having some involvement off the bench is more likely."
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 1 - 9:39 AM

Brighton and Hove Albion officially announced the club-record signing of AZ Alkmaar winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

The Iranian international caps off an impressive summer at the World Cup with a £17 million transfer to Brighton that will keep him on the south coast through the summer of 2023. Jahanbakhsh will be an appealing option for fantasy managers (already priced at £7.0 in FPL.com's original format) after topping the Dutch Eredivisie with 21 goals last season. Said the 24-year-old: I’m really delighted to sign for the club. I was really looking forward to being here, seeing the facilities and the people here. It’s been a long process to get here, with some busy days deciding where to go, but I’m finally here and very happy about my decision."
Jul 27 - 1:07 PM


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