Graham Potter needs to sign a striker in January to silence booing Brighton crowd… it might be the only meaningful solution after wasteful Neal Maupay missed two of their TWENTY shots against Leeds
All is not well. That would seem to go as much for Marcelo Bielsa’s failing machine at Leeds as it does for the failing minds within Brighton’s support.
In terms of the latter, a decent chunk of the home crowd took the passing of an eighth game without a win as an opportunity to boo.
If Graham Potter’s players took their chances like he took exception to that reaction, none of the following outburst would have happened.
Brighton boss Graham Potter was left baffled by the home crowd’s booing at full-time
Brighton dominated the first half with superb Tariq Lamptey (left) but failed to find the net
‘They’re entitled to their opinion and I’m entitled to mine — I totally disagree,’ said Potter. ‘Obviously I’m sorry that we’re only eighth in the Premier League and we’re playing young players and we’re drawing with Leeds United. I have to apologise for that.
‘Perspective sometimes is hard for people, the emotion of the game. They pay their money and they can say and do what they want, unfortunately. I have to defend the players. The players were fantastic.
‘If our supporters cannot see it, there is nothing I can do. To get us a point, to put us eighth in the Premier League, above Manchester United, and when I look at the history of this football club, I find it hard to understand.’
Nicely done, and all reasonable, but none of it should serve as a detraction from Potter’s recurring problem.
This was another of those games his side dominated without achieving the fundamental point of putting a ball in a net. They had 20 shots and got nothing for them, with two excellent chances wasted by Neal Maupay. Spending in January might be the only meaningful solution.
That Brighton threatened so much points again to the second-season struggles at Leeds, where they have one win in six.
They had 20 shots and got nothing for them, with two chances wasted by Neal Maupay (left)
What looked so refined and hard to contain in the 2020-21 campaign is looking all the more confused in the 2021-22 edition.
It was noted that Bielsa started this one with Kalvin Phillips, a deep-lying midfielder, at centre back and had his right back, Stuart Dallas, in midfield, and centre back, Diego Llorente, at right back.
Bielsa likes that kind of shuffle, but when it fails it can make an awful mess. He ditched the plan after 20 minutes and Phillips was subbed at half-time. Phillips wasn’t injured, according to Bielsa, so that is a relationship worth monitoring.
With Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in Leeds’ next six fixtures, life could get harder before it gets better.
Marcelo Bielsa likes to shuffle his side and started Kalvin Phillips (right) at centre back