Player News - Brighton & Hove Albion

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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

Brighton's Solly March is aiming to add more goals to his tally before the end of the season.

After scoring three times in 24 league appearances in the Championship last term, many would have expecting more PL goals for the improving 23 year-old than the one he scored in September against Bournemouth. However, March is conscious of this and he hopes that The Seagulls' consecutive home games will be a chance for him to improve his record in front of goal: "I just need to get that end product and a few more goals, that’s the main thing. If you are getting goals, people see you are doing well. I think that’s what I need to add to my game." With Anthony Knockaert suspended after his sending off against Man Utd in the FA Cup, a golden opportunity has possibly arrived for the Englishman if he's able to take it.
Source: The Argus
Mar 27 - 9:01 PM

Davy Propper controlled the midfield as the Netherlands overcame Portugal on a 3-0 scoreline on Monday evening.

Brighton's ever-present Dutch defensive midfielder started in Ronald Koeman's first game in charge of the national side. He performed a similar role to what he does for the Seagulls, screening the defence when the opposition has possession and supplying creative teammates in attack. Propper played a pass which contributed to ex-Manchester United winger Memphis Depay's opener for Holland. Ryan Babel and Virgil Van Dijk completed the scoring in the emphatic win for a side who failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russia.
Source: The Argus
Mar 27 - 8:54 PM

Chris Hughton is confident that Gaetan Bong and Dale Stephens will be back in contention when Brighton take on Leicester in game week thirty-two despite the pair missing out in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Ahead of the quarter-final clash, the Seagulls boss was hoping to have defender Bong and midfielder Stephens at his disposal, although in hindsight the former "was never going to make it" as he struggled to shake off a thigh problem. There was however, optimism over Stephens who only just missed out, as Hughton decided to err on the side of caution and afford the 28-year-old another fortnight to fully recover: "Dale has just felt his hamstring slightly. It is not a pull, but it is one we need to be really careful with." Brighton sit 6-points above the drop zone and know that one more win will probably ensure another season in the top-flight and with games against Huddersfield and Crystal Palace still to come, Hughton is wise to choose his battles carefully.
Source: The Argus
Mar 19 - 12:28 PM

Brighton will not be rotating their squad in the FA Cup this weekend when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Seagulls have negotiated earlier rounds of the cup whilst resting key players however Chris Hughton has said that this policy will not continue as he is "very conscious it's Manchester United at Old Trafford". He went on to explain that he sees the fixture as one of the toughest his side could have drawn in the cup and because of that he believes he must field his best players to maximise his side's chances of progressing.
Source: The Argus
Mar 12 - 8:19 AM

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has said that winger Anthony Knockaert has no defence for the two footed lunge on Leighton Baines which earned him a red card on Saturday.

The Frenchman was shown a straight red card for the tackle, which Baines escaped without injury. As a consequence Knockaert will be banned for three games, missing The Seagulls' clash with Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday as well as back to back home games in the PL after the international break. Hughton said: "I’ve only seen the challenge. What happened before that I haven’t seen, but it’s a red card and I can’t defend it." Brighton lost the game at Goodison Park 2-0 but still sit seven points above the relegation zone with eight games left in the campaign.
Source: The Argus
Mar 12 - 8:15 AM

Anthony Knockaert will miss the next three matches after seeing a straight red card against Everton on Saturday.

Not only did Brighton see its winning streak end (seven matches in all competitions), but now will have to do without one of its key players for the next month. In the 80th minute, moments after taking an errant cross to the face, Knockaert hastily slid into Leighton Baines with a dangerously high two-footed tackle that didn't require any deliberation from the referee. The Seagulls didn't do themselves any favors throughout the match: Gaetan Bong scored an own goal in the 60th minute to give Everton a lead that would never be relinquished.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 10 - 12:15 PM

Ezequiel Schelotto will be available to line out against Everton on Saturday, a week on from being injured in a collision with Sead Kolasinac.

Schelotto's injury was the only blot on a perfect day for Brighton at the AMEX, where they beat Arsenal 2-1 on Sunday. The right-back required treatment for a few minutes on the pitch after the robust coming together, however he was able to walk off the pitch to be substituted. The Arsenal defender escaped punishment for the challenge. Even though he seemed fine on Monday, the Argentine did not train as part of standard procedure with potential concussions: "There's normal processes he has to go through. He hasn't trained since then. All of his training has been with our medical department, but that is only really to tick some boxes," said PL manager of the month for February Chris Hughton.
Source: The Argus
Mar 9 - 6:08 AM


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