Player News - Brighton & Hove Albion

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Jason Steele signed for Brighton from Sunderland in late June but it appears he may have to wait for a lesser competition to make his first competitive appearance for the club.

First-choice goalkeeper Mat Ryan was a standout performer in Brighton's first season in the Premier League under Chris Hughton. He will hold onto his starting berth for the coming season, with 27 year-old Steele ready to deputise if necessary. Steele, a former England U-21 international, played 18 times for Sunderland last season as they suffered their second consecutive relegation to League One. He has signed a three-year deal at the AMEX.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:32 PM

Early in July, Brighton announced the signing of Bernardo from RB Leipzig on a four-year deal which set the club back a reported £9m.

The Brazilian is a utility player, who can play on both the left and right side of the defence. Last season at Leipzig he was predominantly used on the left, with 15 of his 18 league outings coming on that side. He usually started for them though a string of appearances would be interrupted by a one game drop to the bench. In 27 total appearances last term, Bernardo notched up just a single goal and assist, suggesting that fantasy managers should not be rushing to include him in their gameweek one sides.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:25 PM

Brighton face an anxious wait while they determine the extent of the injury sustained by striker Glenn Murray during Saturdays 1-1 draw with Swiss side FC St. Gallen.

Last season’s top scorer was replaced shortly after the half-hour mark having failed to shake off what appeared to be a right ankle injury. The Seagulls first pre-season friendly brings to a close their training camp in Austria: "It’s been a very good week and the weather has been very hot. The facilities were excellent, and we were really well looked after," said manager Chris Hughton. Brighton were missing the likes of Mat Ryan, Jose Izquierdo and Leon Balogun who have been given additional time off due to their involvement in Russia while new signings Jason Steele and Florin Andone had minor issues and were not risked. Centre-back Shane Duffy is recovering from groin surgery after aggravating the problem on international duty. Murray will be assessed but initial reports suggest the problem "didn’t look too serious, and [was] perhaps, due to the strains of a week of intense fitness work."
Source: The Argus
Jul 15 - 2:37 AM

Shane Duffy has undergone surgery to remedy a niggling groin complaint.

The Brighton defender struggled during the latter part of the season, and after aggravating the problem while on international duty, a decision was taken to go under the knife. Although manager Chris Hughton admits the procedure will have an impact as Duffy prepares for the new campaign, he remains cautiously optimistic that he will ready for the opener at Vicarage Road on August 11: "It will set him back a bit and he will miss a period of pre-season but we are very confident he will make the start of the season." Duffy played in all but one Premier League game during 2017/18, missing the win over Watford in December due to suspension, and his partnership with Lewis Dunk in the heart of the Seagulls defence was vital in helping to keep the south coast side in the top-flight. Brighton players report back on Thursday, minus Duffy and those involved in the World Cup, before heading to a training camp in Austria.
Source: The Argus
Jun 27 - 5:17 AM

Brighton and Hove Albion defender Leon Balogun has emerged as an early doubt for Nigeria’s World Cup opener against Croatia.

The 29-year-old was signed by the south coast side on a free transfer having spent the last three seasons at Bundesliga outfit FSV Mainz 05. "I am delighted to welcome Leon to the club," manager Chris Hughton said. "He will add more depth to our defensive options. He is in the peak years of his career and I am sure he will integrate well into the squad. He also has valuable experience, having played in the Bundesliga, the Europa League and at international level." Balogun is a tough tackling centre-back who reads the game well and is comfortable in possession, although his distribution lacks quality on occasions. On Thursday, sources confirmed Balogun missed Nigeria’s last session in Essentuki, due to injury, and he was sent for a scan to determine the severity of the problem. If he fails to recover, then coach Gernot Rohr may opt for Kenneth Omeruo as a like-for-like replacement.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Jun 15 - 6:32 AM

Championship clubs are lining up to sign Brighton's squad options in the forward line.

Sam Baldock and Tomer Hemed are both in the sights of ambitious clubs. The former is linked to Reading, however The Argus reports that a bid is yet to be tabled for the frontman who has been at the club since 2014. Baldock's chances to impress were rare in the Premier League, his chances perhaps dented by an early spell injured. Tomer Hemed played a brief starring role for the Seagulls before Christmas but soon fell out of favour in the new year as Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo took over proceedings.
Source: The Argus
Jun 6 - 4:22 PM

Brighton and Hove Albion have tied down the services of midfielder Pascal Gross until June 2022.

The 26 year old playmaker was key to Brighton maintaining their Premier League status and his arrival almost one year ago was certainly one of the signings of the last Premier League season. He scored seven goals, created another eight for his teammates, and was one of the leading players in terms of key chances created across the whole division, as he was the season previously for a side who were relegated from the Bundesliga. Speaking about the news, manager Chris Hughton said: "He settled very quickly and became an integral member of the team. He won the club’s player of the season award, which was particularly impressive in his first season in England."
Source: The Argus
Jun 6 - 3:55 PM

Brighton have made their first signing of the summer, welcoming Leon Balogun on a free transfer.

The Nigeria international, 29, spent last season at Bundesliga side Mainz. The centre-back has signed a two year contract. Judging by quotes from manager Chris Hughton, it seems that he will offer cover to this year's first choice pairing and outstanding performers Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy. "Leon will add more depth to our defensive options," said Brighton manager Chris Hughton. "[He] has valuable experience, having played in the Bundesliga, the Europa League and at international level," he added. Balogun has 16 caps for the Nigerian national team and is in their 30 man provisional squad for the World Cup. He missed the 2014 edition through injury.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 5:14 PM

Traveling to Anfield is not what the doctor ordered for the Seagulls as they fell 4-0 to Liverpool.

In the early going, Brighton was lucky not to concede as Liverpool dominated possession in their new 4-2-3-1 formation. The Reds controlled the ball at ease and had a penalty shout denied in the opening stages but as Brighton sat back. Mohamed Salah made them pay with a goal in the 26th minute. After that goal, the wheels fell off as Liverpool put in three more goals through Dejan Lovren, Dominic Solanke, and Andrew Robertson. While Brighton is still safe on the season, it wasn’t their best showing on the final day.
May 13 - 12:05 PM

Pascal Groß’s seventh goal of the season may have been his biggest in a win 1-0 over Manchester United.

Brighton dominated from the opening kick and stymied a rotated Manchester United side. Glenn Murray almost opened the scoring when he saw David De Gea off his line and took a chance that was just tipped over the bar. But the Seagulls held firm and were able to contain United to only a few good chances (as shown by their three shots on target). Groß’s header in the 57th minute had to be confirmed by the Goal Decision System, but it was just enough to see Brighton reach the 40 points needed to ensure that they will spend next season in the Premier League. And that’s the sweetest victory of them all.
May 4 - 8:53 PM

Brighton fought hard against Spurs at the AMEX and emerged with a creditable 1-1 draw.

Dele Alli and Davinson Sanchez were given the night off for the London side, who also gave a start to contract rebel Toby Alderweireld. Heung-Min Son was denied brilliantly by Matt Ryan in the first half whilst a Dunk header and Knockaert shot forced Lloris into action too before the interval. Both goals came soon after half-time. Son reacted sharply to an error by Brighton full-back Gaetan Bong before playing in Kane, whose shot deflected off Bruno into the net, placing the Englishman just four goals behind Mo Salah in the race for the golden boot. Pasacl Gross equalised soon after from the spot, after Aurier fouled Izquierdo in the box. Shane Duffy almost scored on own goal too but Albion held on. With four tough fixtures left, they are almost assured safety eight points above the drop zone.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 17 - 5:38 PM

Brighton couldn't overcome an early deficit away from home in a 3-2 derby loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Seagulls fell behind early with Crystal Palace notching two goals in the first 14 minutes of the match, drawing the ire of manager Chris Hughton. But Glenn Murray scored his 12th goal of the season to break a three-match goalless streak after he volleyed home Lewis Dunk's header in the 18th minute. But just six minutes later, Brighton conceded a second goal to Wilfried Zaha. The away side chipped away at another two-goal deficit with Jose Izquerido's goal in the 34th minute, but couldn't manage anything in the second half after Crystal Palace clamped down in defense.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 14 - 12:17 PM

Davy Propper's three match ban for his red card received in the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield has been upheld upon appeal.

The FA's special committee have not overturned matchday referee Anthony Taylor's punishment for the Dutchman after he tackled Terriers midfielder Jonathon Hogg. Propper will be absent for three Premier League games against Crystal Palace, Spurs, and Burnley. He will return in Gameweek 37 for the Seagull's final three games of the season against Man United, Man City, and Liverpool.
Source: The Argus
Apr 11 - 9:47 AM

Brighton will have to do without Netherlands midfielder Davy Propper for their crucial next three games after he received a straight red card in Saturday's draw with Huddersfield.

Propper was dismissed for a second half tackle on Jonathon Hogg in the second half of the 1-1 draw. The Dutch midfielder feels hard done by the punishment: "We both go for the ball and the ball turned around and went behind me but I didn’t touch him really hard. Of course everybody screams and the ref, it’s his decision." Some commentators agree with Propper's perspective, and Albion are thought to be considering appealing the decision. Unless the suspension is overturned, Brighton will look to last season's first team regular in the position, Beram Kayal. He will reform his Championship partnership with Dale Stephens in front of the Brighton back four.
Source: The Argus
Apr 9 - 10:50 AM

Dale Stephens' return to action for Brighton on Saturday had a marked impact on the stability of Albion's midfield.

He had previously missed three fixtures due to a hamstring complaint. Post-match, Chris Hughton was conscious that Stephens had tired towards the end of the player's return encounter against Huddersfield, thus the manager has decided that this week Brighton must "protect him as much as [they] can for a big game on Saturday". Stephens is even more important now that his midfield partner Davy Propper will be suspended for three games after receiving a straight red card on Saturday. Hughton's thoughts are understandable, as the Seagulls are yet to reach 40 points and have a great opportunity to take a big step towards safety with a win against Crystal Palace in GW34.
Source: The Argus
Apr 9 - 10:44 AM



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