• Three signings that Albion should consider in January

    Despite Brighton & Hove Albion beating relegation last season in the club’s first ever Premier League campaign, it was always going to be tough for The Seagulls as they embarked on their second year in England’s top flight.

    Chris Hughton and his men would have been well aware of the much publicised ‘second-season syndrome’. But after a thrilling 3-2 victory over mighty Manchester United at the Amex Stadium in their second league fixture this term, hopes were high that the side could build on that result and, ultimately, improve on last year’s 15th placed finish.

    It was, of course, never going to be that easy and off the back of the United win, Albion went on a six-match winless run in all competitions, a wake-up call perhaps that you can never be complacent about past results when you’re competing at this level.

    Albion bounced back to record their second win of the season, beating West Ham 1-0 just before the international break Eight points from the side’s first 8 games provides Hughton’s boys a platform on which to look to climb the table. The bookies have confidence in Brighton staying up, with the Seagulls currently a best-priced 7-1 with Ladbrokes to go down, but ambitions should now be higher than simply staying up.

    For Brighton to really kick on however, it’s likely that further squad investment will need to come in January. With that in mind, here we identify three signings that could improve the side and make sure of Premier League status for next season:

    Callum McGregor

    Hughton is said to be a long-term admirer of the 25-year-old Scottish midfielder and reports in The Guardian suggest that he is keen to make Celtic an offer for McGregor in January.

    McGregor has made 21 appearances for Celtic this term which suggests that Brendan Rodgers would not been keen to offload the Scot, but that may depend on the player’s desire to leave for Premier League pastures should there be no European football at Celtic Park after the Europa League group stages.

    With Celtic currently third in a group that contains Salzburg and Leipzig (the Bhoys are 9/1 to win the group so if you fancy a punt it’s worth taking advantage of this free bet offer from Betfred), that’s a very realistic prospect. Hughton may be able to prize McGregor to the Amex for just £10 million.

    James Tavernier

    Steven Gerrard has said that Rangers captain James Tavernier will not come cheap, but Brighton have been linked with a move for the Ibrox full-back who continues to turn in impressive displays north of the border.

    With Seagulls captain Bruno currently injured and – at age 37 – out of contract next summer, right-back is a position where Brighton currently need to bolster their options, despite having Martin Montoya who currently deputises.

    They could do much worse than to bring in Tavernier, but it remains to be seen what his price tag will be. He has to be worth an offer come January however.

    Another striker

    One thing you always need to get you over the line in a long Premier League season is goals, or at least a man that can always get you out of trouble in a game with a goal.

    Glenn Murray has already bagged 5 goals in 8 games this season - an impressive return - but the 35-year-old is currently the only Brighton forward to get off the mark, with Jurgen Locadia afforded precious little game time and Florin Andone yet to feature as he recovers from injury.

    Should something happen to Murray, Albion may struggle for goals in his absence. Given his advancing years, it's also hard to know how long Murray will continue to play, meaning sooner rather than later Albion may need to further invest in goalscorers.
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