Brighton are looking to end the goalless run after 54 tries

Or until they set things right.

Fifty-four. As in 54 goal attempts in the past three games but no goal – and only one point.

There have been efforts of varying quality.

Hit the bar, saved, close, not that close – although none, from memory going out for a throw-in as happened in what appeared to be Nottingham Forest’s best shot on Tuesday, Albion have met some good goalkeepers.

David Raya was excellent at Brentford and Dean Henderson made some good saves on Tuesday.

But the Seagulls must do better with what they create.

And they have to get even better.

Calls to sign a striker continue.

The last of these options was formerly referred to as the silver bullet by Graham Potter.

It was a slightly derogatory term but expressed desperation over proposals, all of which would be resolved by one signature.

But a signing that was likely outside of Albion’s price range and pay structure unless they picked up a real gem.

At times they have wondered if perhaps that is exactly what they were doing as they scoured the markets.

Neal Maupay from the Championship, Aaron Connolly from Ireland from the Academy, Percy Tau from Africa.

Even Darwin Nunez from Almeria, before any of the big clubs caught his eye.

We’re still waiting to see if they got a bargain from Belgium at Deniz Undav but he hasn’t really hit the ground running yet, running or not, apart from a decent finish at Forest Green.

We also wonder about Evan Ferguson one day.

That doesn’t seem like a reason at the moment as he’s lost his place on the bench.

But a four-year deal confirmed yesterday shows the hopes Albion have for him in the longer term.

Perhaps the eight goals Albion scored in two games on either side of the coaching change was a blip.

But it shows what is possible.

Or maybe they didn’t put Leandro Trossard in the positions he enjoyed for his first two goals at Anfield and his finish against Leicester.

These three were all very similar and not unlike the move that saw Moises Caicedo score against the foxes.

Whatever the reason, we’re now in a situation where we’re wondering when goals will come to reward good play.

As so often in previous seasons.

Forget your walks along the seafront and trips to Donatello.

Perhaps those near misses, those frustrations, the “what should have been” and the xG stats are Roberto De Zerbi’s “Welcome to Brighton” moments.

Maybe it needs the silver bullet.

Potter inherited one at Chelsea in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

And de Zerbi recently cited two prolific goalscorers he had at Sassuolo.

He said: “There were a lot of players in Sassuolo who knew very well how to score. It’s different here.

“There are many players who like to play, who like to attack, but there isn’t a player who has scored 20 goals in the past. In Sassuolo, for example, there was Caputo or Berardi. Every year before and after me they scored the same goals. Here we have to find the targets in a different way.”

So to the statistics. Danny Welbeck leads in the last three games with ten shots on goal, five of them on target.

According to those who’ve followed his career closely, he’s never been a consistently clinical finisher over a period of time.

But he has produced some outstanding finishes for Albion.

Think of Aston Villa and Leeds’ skipping goalkeepers and also at home against West Ham, the turn-and-shots at home against Leeds or cut-ins and curlers against Newcastle.

There have also been failures. Like a late header at Elland Road and a similar chance on Tuesday.

Or efforts that have been saved but should be buried, as at Anfield recently or Brentford last week.

He should be off the mark by now and not waiting to complement the classic header against the Hammers that ended last season.

Welbeck and Trossard each had four attempts at goal against Forest.

It feels like Alexis Mac Allister’s revamped role has resulted in him shooting less.

But stats say he has had eight shots on goal in the last three games.

Twelve different players have tried their luck on goal, all at least twice, with Tariq Lamptey the lone exception among those who have played something of a significant time. So we have to ask ourselves the goalscoring questions that have been a feature of Potter’s tenure on various occasions.

The answers will be to create even better opportunities, to improve, to keep working.

That there’s really something to worry about when the chances don’t come, an Italian reporter, who follows de Zerbi and is therefore new, asked at Tuesday’s post-game press conference what could be done to make things right bring.

De Zerbi suggested that decision-making was key as he told him, “We made the best decisions in those situations.

“If you know all the solutions, you have to choose the best one.

“The level of the players is to choose the best solution in different situations.”

It all felt a bit like the 0-0 draw with Norwich last season.

On that occasion, I suggested to Potter that fans and us media had turned up at the Amex to find a turning point after six straight losses.

Was a good performance and plenty of chances, but a 0-0 draw against the bottom of the table good enough to give everyone a boost? Good enough to be a turning point?

Potter was optimistic and we know what followed.

After two defeats I guess a 0-0 win against Forest wasn’t much of a boost.

But a look back at the near things is also reminiscent of the football played.

The one-touch movement from close quarters before Trossard’s shot off the crossbar was great.

Such was the link on the left between Adam Webster, Adam Lallana and Trossard before a gross shot that flew straight at Henderson.

And Webster did exactly what the head coach wanted him to do as he started the move that resulted in him firing into the North Stand. “So the wait goes on. This will be a process.

Albion weren’t sent back to first place when Potter left, but they did drop a few spots down the board.

The fact that Albion have been here and come out before makes the current lack of goals less of a concern.

But the deja vu makes it all the more frustrating.

GOAL ATTEMPTS, LAST THREE MATCHES
10: Welbeck.
8: Trossard, MacAllister.
5: Gross, March.
3: Veltman, Dunk, Caicedo, Undav.
2: Mitoma, Webster, Lallana.

Source: whoscored.com

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