• The Route to Goal: Why Brighton Have to Splash the Cash on a Striker This Summer

    The 0-0 draw with Aston Villa in February was almost a perfect template of Brighton’s 2020/21 season so far – lots of high-quality chances created, none scored.

    Alexis Mac Allister, Joel Veltman and Dan Burn all missed straightforward opportunities to find the net, and all told the Seagulls fired in 26 efforts at the Villains’ goal – their highest tally ever in a Premier League goal.

    For those who enjoy advanced statistics, Brighton recorded an Expected Goals count of 2.44 in that particular game, and that’s not the first time they have trounced their opponents in terms of creating chances – indeed, if you order the Premier League table by ‘xG for’ it’s noticeable that the Seagulls sit eighth.

    So why does Graham Potter find himself in a relegation scrap? After all, Brighton have the ninth-best defensive record and are creating plenty of chances, so shouldn’t they be enjoying the environs of mid-table comfort by now?

    Clearly, there is scope for improvement, and if that can be found then Brighton will make for a value proposition in the traditional ‘moneyline’ betting odds and in the outright markets – next season, could they be aiming for a top-half finish if they solve their goalscoring problem? You might just see that in the various EPL betting tips, but only if Potter finds a striker capable of putting the ball in the net regularly.

    Both Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard shape up nicely without looking likely to be prolific, and there is a clear vacancy for a classic number nine in a side that will present plenty of opportunities for them to score. So who could Brighton sign in the summer to enhance their chances of success?

    Ivan Toney
    If Brentford have another wobble at the business end of the Championship season and fail to secure promotion, Ivan Toney will surely become hot property.

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