• Is the Lack of Transfer News Starting to Worry Brighton Fans?

    With less than a month to go until the new top flight season begins, the reality of playing in the Premier League is starting to hit Albion fans. Chris Hughton's players are back for pre-season and looking forward to their tough opener against Manchester City, but with this morning's signing of Markus Suttner, only three new faces have been added to the squad so far.


    Source: Brighton & Hove Albion (@officialBHAFC) via Twitter

    Chris Hughton has been working his side hard during pre-season in Austria this week and has been pleased with their progress. Triple training sessions at high altitude have ensured the squad have been put through their paces as they prepare for a tough season in the Premier League.

    Pep Guardiola's Manchester City travel to the South Coast to take on Albion at the AMEX on the 12th of August, with the Seagulls aiming to surprise this year's favourites on the opening weekend. The Seagulls then make the trip to the King Power to face former champions Leicester City.

    Prior to Suttner's signing today, Hughton had managed to add just two players to his side this summer, with goalkeeper Mathew Ryan linking up with the squad after representing Australia in the Confederations Cup during June. He followed the early signing of Pascal Gross, who signed a four-year contract in May after joining from FC Ingolstadt. The Mannheim-born midfielder scored five times in 35 appearances last season. The boss has insisted he isn't frustrated with the lack of breakthroughs in the transfer market and acknowledged his side will have an additional three weeks to strengthen once the season gets underway.

    Liverpool centre-back Joe Gomez is still believed to be a target for the club with the young defender admitting he has become a little frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities under boss Jurgen Klopp. The former Charlton man suffered a season-ending ligament injury shortly after the German arrived at the club and spent a year on the sidelines. If Liverpool complete the signing of Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton this may pave the way for Gomez to secure a loan deal to the Amex.


    Source: Anything LFC (@AnythingLFC_) via Twitter

    Some Albion fans may be a little worried by the lack of progress in the transfer market but Hughton is clearly opting for quality over quantity. The scattergun approach to recruitment very rarely works in the top flight and the former Newcastle boss is always careful and considered in his approach to strengthening teams. Fellow promoted side Huddersfield have been busy this summer, adding Tom Ince, Danny Williams and Aaron Mooy amongst others to their squad. The Terriers have been priced up as 4/6 favourites for relegation in the Premier League betting whilst Brighton are expected to fare much better, at a price of 6/5.

    Having missed out on Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham earlier this summer and it is imperative that Albion add some firepower to the side before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August. With Premier League deals being announced by clubs on a daily basis, it's not hard to see why a small pocket of Brighton fans are beginning to worry about the lack of new faces. However, the club are working hard to recruit quality players and the signing of Suttner may be the first of several new additions trickling through over the course of the next few weeks.

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