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Brighton And Hove’s Attack Looking Beefed Up: Their Best Hope For Survival In The Premier League?

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Adam Stenning
Adam is the Brighton Correspondent here at The 4th Official. He is a 21-year old Sports Journalism graduate. He is not only passionate about football but also has a keen interest in cricket, tennis and Formula 1.

Brighton & Hove Albion are looking to guarantee survival in their first season in the Premier League and can well achieve this due to the amount of attacking firepower they have.

In particular, three of their strike force are prolific goalscorers who have the ability to score the goals, The Seagulls need to stay up. Below are the three strikers and why they will be key to Albion’s chances of survival:

Jurgen Locadia:

The club-record signing has certainly made a big impact already after arriving from PSV Eindhoven last month for £14 million. He made his long-awaited debut last weekend in the victory over Coventry in the FA Cup after recovering from a hamstring injury he picked up for PSV against Ajax at the start of last month. He certainly didn’t take long to show the fans why Chris Hughton signed him. He hit the post in the fourth minute and then ten minutes later opened the scoring. He also created a couple of others chances and was a handful for the Coventry defence with his pace and vision.

Locadia is exactly the striker Brighton have been looking for. He is tall, quick, strong, has good vision and also is a potent finisher making him the complete forward. If he continues to put performances in like he did last weekend then he will prove to be a steal for the price Albion paid for him.

Leonardo Ulloa: 

The Argentinian striker is back for a second stint at The Albion after joining on loan from Leicester City for the rest of the season. The striker has looked very good so far in the couple of substitute appearances he has made showing his ability to hold up the ball and looks to be very confident with the ball at his feet. He made his first start for Brighton last weekend and linked up well with Locadia upfront. He capped off a good game with his first goal back with a bullet header. The 31-year-old seems to be loving life at Brighton and said in The Argus three days ago that helping Brighton stay up would mean more than winning the title with Leicester. 

This shows how much the striker loves the club and how much he is keen to score the goals to help keep Albion up.

Glenn Murray:

Finally we have The Seagulls’ top scorer. He is having one of his more prolific seasons in the Premier League with him already contributing eight goals which is more than his previous best of seven for Crystal Palace in the Premier League in 2014-15. The more impressive thing is the season has not finished yet and Murray is on hot form at the moment having scored five goals in his last seven games. 

The striker has also scored decisive goals to help Brighton reach the fourth and fifth round of the FA Cup this season. Murray has done particularly well in the last month and has thrived with the increased competition upfront in Locadia and Ulloa. If he continues the form he has been showing he could end up with figures of 15- 20 goals for the season which is exactly what Brighton need if they to stay up.

One thing is for sure, Brighton look to have enough attacking firepower to keep them and it will be exciting to see how these three finish the season.

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