• Davy Propper Likely to be Key in Albion's Quest for Survival

    Dutch midfielder Davy Propper took a few weeks to adapt to life in the Premier League, but the former PSV midfielder is beginning to find his feet and influence games.

    The Seagulls are aiming for Premier League survival this season, with Propper's tenacity and distribution likely to be vital in helping them remain competitive throughout the campaign.


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    Propper has been one the standout signings for Brighton so far, with manager Chris Hughton praising the Dutchman's growing influence on games. The Arnhem-born midfielder didn't arrive on the South coast until August and has taken time to get up to speed, but appears to have finally adapted to life in the top flight, having put in his best performance yet against Newcastle on September 24th.

    The Eredivisie has produced a number of players over the years, many of whom have failed to adapt to the Premier League, but Davy Propper is unlikely to fall into that category. His versatility has been key and he has already successfully operated in two different positions so far this campaign.

    Albion shelled out a club-record fee for Propper's services, with the total reported to be around £11 million, and he's already begun to repay some of that fee. He is yet to get on the scoresheet for his new employers but netted 16 times during his time at PSV and has been relatively prolific at international level lately. Propper secured his first cap back in 2010 but has chalked up just 887 minutes for the Oranje since making his debut. He's featured four times for Dick Advocaat's side during their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign and found the net on three occasions, including firing in a double against Bulgaria.


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    Propper has featured in all seven games so far and has impressed the Brighton fans with his hard-working displays. Fellow summer recruit Pascal Gross is proving to be another shrewd addition to the squad with the former Ingolstadt man scoring twice and claiming two assists during his first five outings. The German is another hard-working performer who claimed six Bundesliga assists last season, despite his side suffering relegation from the top flight.

    Hughton's side are yet to register a victory on the road but have battled admirably. It's been a different story at the AMEX, with two victories from their opening four games, including a memorable 3-1 success against West Brom. It took Manchester City 70 minutes to break down the Seagulls and many sides are likely to leave East Sussex empty handed this season. Brighton started the campaign as second favourites for relegation but their spirited performances have seen many punters backing them for survival. They are priced at 11/8 in the Premier League betting markets to be relegated, whilst optimistic Seagulls fans may be tempted by the 4/7 on offer for them to secure a second season in the top tier.

    Davy Propper is likely to have a big say in Albion's finishing position this year. If the Dutchman can stay fit and maintain his recent level of performance, he should be able to help the club stay afloat. Their form at the AMEX is likely to be pivotal to their survival hopes and with winnable-looking games against Stoke, Southampton and Crystal Palace to come before Christmas, Propper's influence on these matches could prove to be the difference.