After a season of transformation under Graham Potter, Brighton will be looking to go one step further this season.
Here is our analysis of Brighton’s transfer activity.
Major incoming transfers at Brighton:
1. Kjell Scherpen
After losing Matt Ryan to Real Sociedad, Brighton signed Kjell Scherpen from Ajax to replace the Australian international.
Kjell Scherpen is a 21-year-old Dutch goalkeeper who has played seven times for the Dutch U-19 team. This should represent good business for Brighton, given Ajax’s ability to develop young players.
Brighton might have unearthed an unfound gem via this transfer, even though he is currently behind Robert Sánchez in the pecking order. With Sánchez being just two years older, Brighton now have two fine young keepers fighting it out for the first-team spot.
Overall, signing Scherpen feels like a shrewd signing, but it is too early to jump to a conclusion; after all, he has only made two first-team appearances for Ajax.
Our Rating – C+
2. Enock Mwepu
While Patson Daka was the RB Salzburg player who stole the headlines this summer, this Zambian international also arrived in the league, albeit under the radar. Graham Potter will be looking forward to the days when Enock Mwepu can partner with Yves Bissouma in midfield. They can provide the perfect platform for Brighton to break opposition attacks and launch their counterattack.
The Zambian international enjoyed a good season at RB Salzburg, making 29 appearances for the club. He scored five times and provided two assists, his personal best in top-flight football. It will be this form Graham Potter will want him to reproduce at Brighton.
Our Rating – C+
3. Marc Cucurella
If you are a Brighton fan, this will be the signing you will be looking forward to. Marc Cucurella arrived in Brighton on the deadline day after they paid £15.4m to Getafe.
The former Barcelona winger (or defender, he can play both) is an exciting player. Last season, he made 37 appearances for the La Liga club, making 63 tackles and 20 clearances. But it was not only in the defensive third that he made his impact. Further up the field, he made 39 key passes in the opposition's final third, scored three goals, and provided two assists as well.
With him on the left and Lamptey on the right, Brighton should be an entertaining watch this season.
Our rating – B+
Major transfers out of Brighton:
Let’s be honest, it was only a matter of time. Brighton did well to keep White last summer. But even then, it was clear one of the big clubs would come for him soon. And in came Arsenal. So, why not get a premium price for him? Brighton did just that.
Arsenal opened the bidding at £40 million offer. But Brighton were clear on what they wanted. They valued their player at £50 million, pay it and get him; if not, he stays. It was a bold move to reject the £40 million offer because for a club like Brighton, especially after Covid, it was a huge amount. But their bluffing paid off. Arsenal finched and paid the asking price.
Sure, Brighton are going to miss the player, especially with his academy connection. But it was time to part ways.
Mat Ryan was unwanted by Brighton. Sure, he possesses a wealth of experience, but given the length of his contract, he was set to leave the club for free. He was set to join Arsenal, where he spent the last six months on loan. But out of the blue came Real Sociedad, and Brighton managed to make some money out of this deal.
The deal saw the end of Mat Ryan’s four-year stay in England. He was a brilliant servant at the club until he lost his first-team place to academy product Robert Sánchez. Regardless, he should be remembered fondly by the Brighton fans for the service he has given to the club.
The Netherlands international also left Brighton this season, ending his four stays at the club. Originally joined when Brighton were first promoted to the Premier League, Propper has played a crucial role for Brighton. But under Graham Potter, Brighton are trying to develop a young team, and Propper at 30 doesn’t fit that profile.
He joined his former club PSV for an undisclosed fee this summer. So it will be like a homecoming for the player who impressed at the club during his first spell.
After making only one appearance last season, it was no surprise that Brighton decided to part ways with the Colombian. But his downfall is not entirely on him; injuries have played their part. He, too, has returned to his former club Brugge on the expiry of his contract.
After struggling with injury and form, Florin Andone left Brighton to join Cadiz on a season-long loan deal this summer. The Romanian international has never cracked it in the Premier League and has been restricted to just 26 league games in three years at the club. A return to Spain should help him kick start his career again.
Overall rating of Brighton's transfer activity – C+
While Brighton have managed to get a premium price for Ben White, it is fair to say they haven’t properly invested it. Like Arsenal, Brighton have also signed players for the future, but who will step up into Ben White’s shoes is still a question. Brighton could and should have done more in the transfer window.