Brighton News: Seagulls looking to strengthen

2 years ago

In the latest Brighton news, chief executive Paul Barber says attention will soon turn to new recruits for the club’s second season in the Premier League.

The Seagulls have now secured their place in the top flight after a superb debut campaign that has seen Chris Hughton’s men pick up nine wins and 13 draws to date.

Rated as favourites for the drop by most pundits prior to a ball being kicked this term, the Amex Stadium outfit have confounded their doubters to beat both Arsenal and Manchester United.

Their second Premier League season will undoubtedly be tougher as there will no longer be a surprise factor and opposition teams will know much more about the players they are facing and the tactics employed.

With that in mind, Barber is hoping to push things on at the club and, after a period of reflection, will get to work on player recruitment.

“It’s nice to be able to focus, albeit a couple of games earlier than some people predicted, and look forward to next season and to try to get ourselves ready to strengthen again from where we are,” he told the BBC.

“Everyone worked so hard to get to the Premier League and it was such a big effort to stay in the Premier League.”

There are still two games to go and Hughton’s charges will square off with champions Manchester City on Wednesday before concluding proceedings against Liverpool.

They are 22/1 with William Hill to beat City, with Pep Guardiola’s men on offer at 1/12.

Barber also feels it will be tough this summer to let any stars go that have been instrumental in keeping them up.

“It’s always a balance between being loyal to the players that have achieved so much – not just this season but the season getting up to the Premier League as well,” he added.