One in, one out? Brighton let striker leave on loan to Championship side

Graham Potter

Brighton in the hunt for a striker

Brighton and Hove Albion desperately need a striker.

Currently in 10th place in the Premier League, the Seagulls have scored just 17 goals so far this campaign, four fewer than expected goals suggests that they should have managed, while several of those came in stoppage time of games to rescue results.

And, other than Neil Maupay, who is leading the goalscoring charts with seven, only Leandro Trossard has more than two goals for the Seagulls, having netted 4 this campaign.

For a side as exciting and well-drilled as Graham Potter’s it does seem as though finding a reliable marksman is perhaps the last key piece of the jigsaw puzzle.

And the Seagulls may have just been handed a boost on that front.

Connolly departs, a striker coming in?

Now, news has emerged that Brighton young forward Aaron Connolly has departed the club on loan for the rest of the season, joining Championship side Middlesborough in an attempt to get regular gametime.

The 21 year old had made just 4 appearances for the Seagulls in the Premier League this season, but nonetheless was a valuable option among the ranks should he have been needed.

Indeed, with his departure, the club can now only call upon the frequently-injured Danny Welbeck as an alternative to Maupay, with Jurgen Locadia not having earned Potter’s trust, and seeing just 22 minutes of Premier League action.

For such a forward-thinking manager, it seems to be a major oversight, which surely only points towards a potential addition to the forward line before the transfer deadline.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 20 39 50
2 Chelsea FC 20 29 42
3 Liverpool FC 19 34 41
4 Arsenal FC 19 9 35
5 West Ham United 19 9 31
6 Manchester United 18 4 31
7 Tottenham Hotspur 17 2 30
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
9 Leicester City 18 -2 25
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 18 -1 24
11 Crystal Palace 19 0 23
12 Aston Villa 18 -4 22
13 Southampton FC 19 -9 21
14 Brentford FC 18 -4 20
15 Everton FC 17 -8 19
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 17 -13 13
18 Burnley FC 16 -9 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 19 -34 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 5

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