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5 Players Brighton Should Target In January

 • by James Nalton
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Brighton haven’t made the worst start to life in the Premier League, but as all teams around them will be looking to try to improve their squads when the January transfer window opens, they’d be foolish not to do the same.

The club have had problems in the goalscoring department as they failed to score in their first three games in the top flight.

Three of their goals came against West Bromwich Albion in their first win of the season, and they’ve only scored 13 in 13 games overall.

They’ll be looking to strengthen were they can in January, and signings made during the winter window can be the difference between survival and relegation.

Leigh Griffiths

The Scotland striker has recently been linked with the club, and could be one option as they look to increase their firepower up top.

The club will need to keep the goals flowing if they’re to retain their position outside the relegation zone, and an extra boost in this area come January could make all the difference when it comes to staying in the Premier League.

Griffiths has found the net seven times in 15 games so far this season, but also contributes to the creation of goals and has also bagged seven assists.

He has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League, after former Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee told reporters that the 27-year-old was good enough to play in the league and namechecked Newcastle and Brighton as two teams he could improve.

His liveliness up front could give Brighton an extra attacking edge in the all-important final months of the season.

Bacary Sagna

There aren’t many clubs the unattached Frenchman could arrive at and be younger than the player he’d be challenging for a first team spot, but this would be the case at Brighton, where the right-back role is currently carried out by 37-year-old Spaniard, Bruno.

Sagna has a lot of Premier League experience with Arsenal and Manchester City, and the 34-year-old Frenchman will want to get back into action sooner rather than later and could perhaps relax his wage demands in order to do so.

Unless Brighton have a spare place in their 25-man-squad, which according to the Premier League website they don’t, then they might have to wait until January to shuffle their pack to sign Sagna, even though he is a free agent.

Dominic Solanke

Premier League regulations limit a club to two loan players at any one time, and the only player Brighton currently have on loan is Chelsea’s Izzy Brown.

This leaves them free to sign another player in the loan market in January, and Liverpool’s Solanke could be ideal.

He will have been expecting game time at Jürgen Klopp’s side in the cup competitions, but seeing as they were knocked out of the League Cup in their first game against Leicester, he could find extra minutes hard to come by.

The 20-year-old was named the best player at the U20 World Cup as England lifted the trophy, and he will be able to play either as the striker or as the support player in Chris Hughton’s 4-4-1-1 / 4-4-2 system.

The forward will be after regular football, and Liverpool could be willing to lend him out for a few months in order to aid his development.

Alfredo Morelos

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If a club is after a goalscorer, then they need look no further than Rangers’ Colombian forward Morelos. He’s scored goals wherever he’s been, and currently has six from 12 league games in Scotland this season.

While Celtic’s Griffiths might seem like the more obvious target if the club are looking north of the border, the 21-year-old South American may be more in fitting with the club’s supposed Moneyball transfer strategy as they look to remain in the top flight against the odds.

Should the worst happen, and they do end up back in the Championship, then Morelos could thrive. He scored 46 goals in 62 games for HJK Helsinki, his first European club, and has been linked with a number of Championship sides already.

But should he join the Premier League outfit on the south coast, he could skip England’s second tier, with his goals ensuring that the Seagulls don’t fly back down.

Dominick Drexler

You can’t get much more hipster than the 2. Bundesliga, and Huddersfield Town used a number of players from the German second tier to help them get promoted along with Brighton last season.

Drexler is currently the league’s standout player, scoring seven goals and grabbing four assists during the 15 games he’s played this season. And he’s not even a striker.

The 27-year-old, who currently plays for Holstein Kiel in the north of Germany, is a midfielder who is a regular contributor to goals.

Whether its scoring them himself as has been the case this season, or assisting them as he did last season, setting up 14 goals to help get the side gain promotion from division three, he’s always in the mix where it matters and could be an unlikely success in the bottom half of the Premier League.

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