It seems like only yesterday they got promoted with Newcastle to the Premier League, but it’s coming on to seven seasons since The Seagulls got promoted to the English top flight, which ended a 34-year wait.
In the early seasons under Chris Hughton, Brighton performed admirably, but when Graham Potter was snapped up from Championship side Swansea to become their manager, it was from that point forward the South Coast outfit became a team transformed.
Brighton were defying the odds, consistently punching above their weight. With the greatest respect to The Seagulls, they’re not able to compete with Big Six but are more than holding their own in the top half of the Premier League table.
In my humble opinion, there are several reasons for this, and here I want to emphasise one of them. For me, Brighton can source top talent, but that’s not all.
Yes, the scouting network is unbelievable, but what impresses me more is how Tottenham Brighton & Hove Albion have become, let me explain. Brighton’s owner Tony Bloom is an unbelievable negotiator.
For this point alone, it reminds me of Tottenham Hotspur chairmen Daniel Levy who is notorious for being tough to negotiate with. In the case of Levy, he will sell a player if he thinks it suits the club, but at the price they want.
For example, Kyle Walker was sold for a very healthy profit, as was Luka Modric and most famously for Gareth Bale, they managed to get a world record fee at the time, when he went to Real Madrid.
When Daniel Levy didn’t want to sell a player such as Harry Kane to Man City last season, what happened? The England captain stayed put and is now a joint Tottenham Hotspur record goal scorer.
Bloom is the same. In the case of Marc Cucurella, champions Manchester City didn’t want to pay more than £50 million, so what happened? You guessed it he didn’t move to Man City but went to Chelsea who offered more money.
The Blues paid more than what the Spaniard was worth it can be argued, but they got full value for a player that wanted to leave. Other examples are Yves Bissouma who was coming to the end of his contract, as well as Neal Maupay.
Brighton were able to command a mammoth £50 million for Ben White, so Tony knows how to negotiate. The deal of White to Arsenal, which many observers belittled, was now looking back, very good business.
It’s common for clubs to pay £50 million for centre-backs now, but it wasn’t when The Gunners signed Ben White.
Just like Tottenham did with England captain Kane, they didn’t sell a player without the price suiting them/ Moises Caicedo is an example of this. The Ecuadorian said he wants to leave The Amex, even still Brighton didn’t want to sell.
Two bids have been turned down from Arsenal. Just like Manchester City, Arsenal pursued another target, it’s been confirmed The Gunners have signed Jorginho from rivals Chelsea.
So it’s fair to Caicedo will stay at Brighton until the end of the season at least. In a football world that’s dominated by player power, it’s good to know for the football club’s sake, that they too have some power.
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