The big summer is upon Brighton who must ensure the season ends on a high – The Athletic

A great summer is in store for Brighton and Hove Albion under Graham Potter.

A few tweaks will be needed to add fresh impetus and convince backers that the progress made so far isn’t about to stall.

A sixth consecutive season in the Premier League is all but guaranteed, 12 points adrift of the relegation zone.

But a 0-0 draw at the Amex Stadium against Norwich – who look bottom and doomed to relegation – will not reassure fans that the team are heading in the right direction to establish Brighton as a top-ten club.

A first clean sheet at home since Boxing Day to end a six-straight loss streak isn’t much protection from the recurring desperation at dominance of game stats that isn’t reflected in the outcome.

According to Opta data, Potter’s team had a club record 31 shots (including blocks) in the Premier League, which is the highest since Crystal Palace v Cardiff on Boxing Day 2018.

No fewer than 18 shots went wide – including Neal Maupay’s first-half penalty which went over the bar – more than in any other game this season.

They had more than 63 percent possession for the 12th time, and yet those games have yielded only one win.

So what can be done to restore momentum?

A major overhaul of the squad is not required due to the nature of deals made in previous transfer windows. The big summer is upon Brighton who must ensure the season ends on a high – The Athletic

Jake Nichol

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