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Brighton And Hove Albion: Assessing Their Chances Of Top-Flight Survival

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

All is not over for Brighton & Hove Albion. The Seagulls have made a difficult start to the Premier League season but there is enough time for them to recover from their miserable situation. This is the first time in their history they are competing in the top tier so it would take time to adjust themselves to the need of the Premier League.

They were expected to give Arsenal a tough fight but things were way too easy for the Gunners who could have piled more goals had they not missed a number of gilt-edged chances. Brighton looked very immature in their performance and Chris Hughton needs to regroup his team as they go into the international break in a hope of revival.

Fellow promotion getters Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town have made a good start compared to themselves and Hughton needs to step up the ante to bring parity to the side.

In the last season too, the irregular performance cost them the Championship title. They were in a good position but a number of defeats spoiled the party as Newcastle United snatched the title from their grasps. Hughton needs to make a note of the current situation and he needs to act accordingly.

The gaffer likes to play a ‘wait and watch’ game as he concentrates more on the defensive organizations rather than his attacks which has been a negative point in his coaching. The defence can save you from conceding goals but the attack can give you points.

The absence of a potential goal poacher has been hurting them. It would be a luxury for the Seagulls to give Glenn Murray a start who doesn’t have the energy and drive to cope up with the English conditions. Izzy Brown looked dangerous from patches but the youngster is currently on loan from Chelse and is unlikely to have a permanent future at the club.

So the first and foremost things the Seagulls have to do are to buy a forward in January to give a breather to the side.

Also, they have a very talented bunch of players with the likes of Lewis Dunk and Anthony Knockaert. The latter was the main catalyst behind their influential last campaign as the winger lit up the Championship with 15 goals and nine assists.

Dunk also has been a standout performer for the Seagulls so Hughton needs to make sure he uses these players to their full potential. But can they help them stay in the top-flight this season?

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