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Brighton and Hove Albion squad – new players in and out 2017/18. Here is the Brighton and Hove Albion FC Squad 2017/18 (First Team).
Brighton and Hove Albion have been improving their squad this summer ahead of the 2017/18 season. It was a very busy summer for the Seagulls, manager Chris Hughton spending over £40million on 11 players ahead of their debut Premier League campaign.
Albion finished second in the Championship last season, losing out on the title on the last day as an injury time goal from Jack Grealish saw them drop points to Aston Villa and hand first place to Newcastle United.
However, they enjoyed an excellent year still and are deservedly now at the top level. In Hughton, they have one of England’s most positive managers and attractive brand of football that should win many admirers this season. They have plenty of quality too with players such as Anthony Knockaert, Lewis Dunk and new signing Jose Izquierdo.
Brighton play at the Amex Stadium, moving in 2011 from their former home the Withdean. The place will be packed out week in week out this season as the city prepares to host Premier League football for the first ever time. The question now is can they maintain their top flight status and establish themselves amongst the country’s elite for years to come?
We take a look at the Seagulls’ squad below. The Brighton and Hove Albion squad line up 2017/18 season will consist of these players.
Brighton and Hove Albion brought in two experienced stoppers over the summer, with the Australian Mathew Ryan coming in from Valencia and Tim Krul joining on loan from Newcastle United. Whilst the latter has played in the Premier League and represented Holland in top international tournaments, it looks as if the Aussie will be first choice this season.
It was Brighton’s defence that played a real key part in their promotion last season. Captain Bruno Saltor is a cult hero amongst fans and has top level experience in Spain with Valencia, whereas the likes of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy excelled in the Championship for a number of years. Ezequiel Schelotto, Markus Suttner and Ale Mateju were also brought in to sure up their backline, which will have to be water tight if they are to avoid relegation.
In midfield, Brighton are not short of good players. French playmaker Anthony was instrumental in their promotion campaign with 15 goals, and is the star man for Chris Hughton’s side. Dutch international Davy Propper is expected to play a big part too after a summer move from PSV Eindhoven, and in Steve Sidwell they have a player who knows the Premier League like the back of his hand.
The form of strike pairing Tomer Hemed and Glenn Murray played a big part in Brighton’s promotion in 2016-17. The big question now is whether they can make the step up and reproduce that form in the Premier League. Murray has also helped promote Crystal Palace and Bournemouth in recent years, but failed to really make a mark with them in the top flight. In Jose Izquiero they have another exciting option, the Colombian joining for a club record fee during the summer from Belgian side Brugge.
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