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Premier League survival a real achievement for Brighton

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 5 May 2018

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On Friday night, Brighton secured a 1-0 win over a lacklustre Manchester United at the AMEX Stadium to seal their top-flight safety. The Seagulls have been excellent this season.

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton deserves a big amount of the credit for the south coast maintaining their top-flight status. The former Newcastle boss is vastly underrated.

A perfect example of hard work and good management

Brighton seems like it is a club that is run well from top to bottom. Everybody at the club seems to know their job perfectly, which has not always been the case at the club in the past.

On the playing side of things, Chris Hughton has managed the team with exceptional dignity and calmness. Hughton has shown in his past his managerial acumen with other clubs. He seems to have done a good job at every club he has managed.

Newcastle treated him harshly, but he always seems to conduct himself in a professional manner. It has been the same with Albion. Brighton and Hughton seem to be a good fit.

The boss seems to have the support of everybody involved in the club, including the hierarchy and the fans. That sort of togetherness at any club will normally produce success.

Recruitment has been spot on

Brighton have spent big by their recent standards in recent transfer windows. However, by Premier League standards their outlay has not been major. The Seagulls have recruited well in the summer.

In particular, the £3million signing of German playmaker Pascal Gross was a stroke of genius by the south coast club. The former Ingolstadt star has scored seven goals and produced eight assists. He has been involved in 43 percent of the Seagulls goals in the Premier League.

Goalkeeper Mat Ryan has also been a big success in-between the sticks for the Seagulls. The Australian cost the south coast club a reported £6million from Valencia in the summer, it was yet another great piece of business from Albion.

The likes of Davy Propper, Ezequiel Schelotto and José Izquierdo have also made decent starts to their Premier League careers.

Meanwhile, the form of Glenn Murray has kept club-record signing Jurgen Locadia out of the starting line-up. The 24-year-old Dutchman only arrived in January from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven. He is highly rated. The striker could make a bigger impact next season if he can get ahead of Murray in the striking pecking order.

Could now become an established Premier League club

Many clubs with much less of a fanbase and potential have established themselves as Premier League clubs. The Seagulls are currently 11th place in the table and odds of 5/1 to finish in the top half of the table.

The future looks bright for the south coast outfit having survived their first ever campaign in the Premier League. The infrastructure of the club seems to be good and those in charge seem level-headed.

Everybody at the club deserves big credit. Albion now have the potential to push on and become a fixture in the Premier League. If the club continues in its current vein, then they have every chance of being around the top-flight for some time to come.

Can Brighton now become an established Premier League outfit?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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