It has been a while since my last blog post. In fact, since that time club legends Iñigo Calderón and Bobby Zamora have left along with captain Gordon Greer and loyal servant, Andrew Crofts. Their careers at Brighton have amassed a span of 21 years, 667 games, 110 goals, and plenty of great memories. The club have also confirmed the signing of Steve Sidwell who will return to the club in what is technically his third spell on the south coast. He just can’t get enough of it down here!
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However, the real question today is who will take over from the already departed Greer? Let’s explore the potential suitors…
The veteran Spaniard has experience leading the team, and like a fine wine, only seems to be getting better with age. He came very close to swooping the coveted Player of the Season award for a largely perfect campaign. For most fans this is the most obvious choice. He has experience leading the side and is loved by supporters.
- 48 appearances
- 4056 minutes
- 1 goal
- 3 assists
- 7.03 average rating
The Israeli international has been a revelation since joining the club in January 2015. Kayal is so pivotal to Albion’s success in fact, that the three times he hasn’t featured this season, Brighton have failed to win. He offers industrious running ability, tough-tackling, passion, and most importantly consistency.
- 45 appearances
- 3977 minutes
- 2 goals
- 7 assists
- 7.16 average rating
The versatile right-back rarely puts a foot wrong. A great work rate coupled with passion and determination makes Liam Rosenior and ideal candidate for the role.
- 35 appearances
- 2573 minutes
- 2 assists
- 6.93 average rating
Another ex-Hull City man. David Stockdale had an indifferent first season at the club. However it was the 2015/16 campaign where he really shone. Countless match winning saves as well as pinpoint distribution meant he was a threat at the front and the back.
- 48 appearances
- 4320 minutes
- 2.6 saves per game
Outsiders for the armband
- Connor Goldson – Captained previous club Shrewsbury Town regularly. A natural leader.
- Lewis Dunk – On his day, the best defender in the Championship. If he stays this summer, Lewis could be a great candidate to take over from Gordon Greer.
Statistics collected from www.whoscored.com