Brighton will be looking for consolidation and further improvement on their historic 2021/22 season in the upcoming campaign.
The Seagulls came ninth in the Premier League last time out, registering 51 points and 42 goals as they finished ahead of rivals Crystal Palace.
It’s been a quiet summer in terms of incomings, though manager Graham Potter often squeezes the most and best out of his squad.
Here’s 90min‘s Premier League season preview for Brighton.
Central midfielder Yves Bissouma has left the Brighton squad to join Tottenham, leaving the Seagulls lighter in the middle of the park.
Deniz Undav and Kaoru Mitoma have returned from loan spells at Union SG and could freshen up an Albion attack which did fail to fire during long stretches of last season.
Numbers subject to change before end of transfer window
1) Robert Sanchez
2) Tariq Lamptey
3) Marc Cucurella
4) Adam Webster
5) Lewis Dunk (C)
7) Solly March
8) Enock Mwepu
9) Neal Maupay
10) Alexis Mac Allister
11) Leandro Trossard
13) Pascal Gross
14) Adam Lallana
15) Jakub Moder
16) Kjell Scherpen
17) Steven Alzate
18) Danny Welbeck
19) Jeremy Sarmiento
20) Julio Enciso
21) Deniz Undav
22) Kaoru Mitoma
23) Jason Steele
24) Shane Duffy
25) Moises Caicedo
26) Matt Clarke
29) Jan Paul van Hecke
34) Joel Veltman
38) Tom McGill
Brighton finished last term in terrific goalscoring touch, which proved vital as they overtook a number of sides to finish the campaign in ninth – their best place ever in the Premier League – and Leandro Trossard was a major part in that improvement.
The Belgian scored in great wins over Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United during the final few months of the campaign and is one of their biggest goal threats, ending the term with eight league goals.
Manager Potter can chop and change his starting XI with regularity but Trossard should be a constant feature in attacking midfield.
One to watch
Having broken into the starting XI towards the end of last season, Moises Caicedo is likely to get even more time to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s most exciting youngsters.
He left Albion fans with wonderful memories of 2021/22 by scoring in the 4-0 victory over Manchester United, having impressed with his forward passing and versatility in midfield. The Ecuador international will get plenty of game time following the departure of Yves Bissouma to Tottenham.
Brighton’s end-of-season form propelled them to ninth last time out, a wonderful achievement for a club that had recorded finishes of 15th, 17th, 15th and 16th in their first four Premier League terms.
Right now, there is still the need for some additions in the transfer market. The departure of Bissouma is a blow, though Potter will still be happy with the volume of options at his disposal in central midfield.
Albion were prone to long spells without a victory – they went 12 games without success from September to December and lost six games on the spin in February and March – and any similar runs of form this year won’t be desired.
The final finish may not be quite as good this time around should teams around them improve, but the Seagulls will have enough to secure mid-table obscurity.