Things have started brightly for Brighton in the 2021-22 Premier League campaign after Graham Potter’s Seagulls clawed back from 1-0 down to earn a 2-1 away win at Turf Moor against Sean Dyche’s Burnley. In a bid to bring further joy to the Amex Community Stadium in the early doors of the campaign, Brighton has opened talks with Portuguese giants SL Benfica to sound out a move for Uruguayan international Darwin Nunez.
The #U20WC Goal of the Day goes to Darwin Nunez 😱
What an absolute rocket from the 🇺🇾 @Uruguay forward 🚀 pic.twitter.com/aE8cYIsxT3
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) May 24, 2019
The story comes from The Daily Mail’s chief football reporter Sami Mokbel and makes mention of both clubs coming to the table over a potential deal that would set Brighton back a cool £25million. Such a fee would smash the club’s transfer which was concluded back in 2019 when the Seagulls purchased AZ Almkaar’s Iranian international winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh for £17million.
Despite securing three points last weekend, any improvement in Potter’s forward line is certainly a long-time coming in the wake of last season.
Brighton data in2020-21 showed a side better than what the table suggested
If numbers told the only story, then Brighton would be gearing up for their first-ever European campaign this season. But alas, data is only one piece of an intricate puzzle, and despite putting up some impressive figures, the Seagulls fell well short of a top-seven finish.
But the hope was that the club could bring in a far more efficient center forward to arrest Brighton’s inability to finish chances last season. Nunez fits the bill perfectly while offering a young player profile that could be built around during the duration of his stay on the south coast should a deal be struck and his services acquired.
According to understat, Brighton underperformed their xG (53.82) by a staggering 13.82 when they finished the season on just 40-goals; only Fulham had a higher underperformance difference of 14.06. Additionally, no side had a larger gap between their xPTS and their actual point total than Brighton, whose 41-points were 20.41 below where they should have finished, good enough for fifth in the Premier League.
Should Brighton conclude a deal for the highly-touted Uruguayan international, Graham Potter’s Seagulls could genuinely turn a head or two this season.