I started this blog, in part, because I always found myself searching for Albion related content to read that wasn’t about Hereford in 97 or the cup final in 83. However, now Albion related reading has never been more frequent and interesting. So here, in the first of what I hope to make a regular feature, is my weeks worth of Albion reading.
*note, all articles mentioned are linked below, just click on the underlined words.
After Albion beat Watford 3-0 on Saturday to go third on the Premier League there were quite a few people getting rather carried away, including many Seagulls fans posting a Europa League themed Albion GIF, which being polite is a best premature.
So as well as reminding my readers of a similarly emphatic opening day victory away to Burnley in 2002 that’s was followed by 13 games without a win and subsequently relegation. I looked back at Saturday’s victory and reminded everyone that there’s plenty of football still to play.
This week I christened Tuesday, Tudor Tuesday in honour of Tudor Baluta, Brighton’s Romanian U21s international who has been given the number 28 shirt this season and is tipped by some pundits to have a breakthrough season in 2019/20.
Described by Dumitru Barbu (one of Baluta’s youth coaches) as a future replacement for Sergio Busquets at Barcelona, there are high hopes in Romania that Brighton manager Graham Potter can be the person to nurture Tudors talent. If you want to know more about Albion’s young prospect the this peice by Leftbackfootball in him is worth a read.
It may have escaped some Seagulls fans that Albion fought off serious interest from Aston Villa to sign Adam Webster, a player repeatedly praised in the Birmingham Mail as ‘Gold Standard’ as well as ‘one of the Championship’s leading centre-backs’.
Here are a selection of articles from the Birmingham Mail that covered Villa’s chase for Albion’s new man.
I think you get the point. But if you want to know more about Adam Webster than just what Villa thought of him, Andy Naylor’s peice in the Athletic is worth a read ‘Adam Webster has two great feet. It’s hard to tell which is his strongest’
It’s not taken the Albion fans by surprise, but those with a less keener eye have been pleasantly surprised by the change in style at the Albion this summer, so much so it’s been the talk of the town. Naylor has a go in the Athletic saying it “felt very different”, JJ Bull had a go in the telegraph saying Potter’s appointment as manager “already looks like a great choice” and the the difference to last season is “enormous”. Leftbackfoot had a go to in another interesting take on Potter’s approach and everyone’s second favourite unofficial Albion twitter page Albion Analytics showed us some useful tactical illustrations.
But let’s not read too much into Potter’s Brighton after one game, as As Swansea Vital describes here, Swansea fans found out quickly that he is the sort of manager who tactically can keep you guessing.
Amongst all the flux of the summer you may have missed the signing of a young centre back who spent last season at Peterborough, Lewis Freestone. After signing his first professional contract for the Posh back in 2016, he only made a handful of appearances for the first team along with and a number of small loan spells with non league clubs and was released by the Posh this summer before he moved to the Albion.
A surprising signing you may think? Well the club need the numbers within its u23 squad after sending so many out on loan, and Freestone impressed U23 manager Simon Rusk whilst on trial earning a 1-year deal. But to be able to make it at the Albion he will have to fight off competition from a number of talented youngsters, as shown by the fact he didn’t even make the bench for this weeks 2-0 win for the U23s over Wolves.
Any other business: Who owns the Albion?
Brighton & Hove Albion Holdings Limited, the company that owns the football club released its confirmation statement this week including an updated list of shareholders. And it’s worth a quick glance if only to see some of the people who have minor shareholding’s in the club, which include, Dick Knight (who seemingly failed in his bid to shift them to fans), the Friday Ad, Pig City Incorporated (a company of which Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim is a director of), and twenty others.