Brighton’s Graham Potter assesses attacking options

But they didn’t want to choose someone who didn’t fit them in all aspects.

The Seagulls go into the next 13 games with Danny Welbeck, their only specialized center forward with Premier League experience.

They have forwards in Deniz Undav and teenager Even Ferguson, as well as several attacking players.

Graham Potter is aware that talk of needing another striker has resurfaced in the later stages of the summer window.

Just to be sure, he was reminded of this at his press conference ahead of the Leicester game yesterday.

He has stated that one type of player he would like to add would be a frontman with a similar profile to Welbeck.

When asked if Albion had been looking for one, he replied: “We looked, we were aware of the options but at the same time everything has to be coordinated and it has to be right for the club.

“Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t.

“But we have different options, different diversity.

“Danny is in a really good place, probably as good as he’s played with us, so I’m happy for him.

“The window is the window, you can have ideas but you have to do the right thing for the club and sometimes doing nothing is also the right thing.”

Potter is confident his side will have enough goals to overtake their opponents, provided they get it right at the back too.

Pascal Gross has scored three times so far and still had a few good chances.

Solly March didn’t lack for chances while Leandro Trossard is already wide.

The side also forced two penalties, both of which were pocketed by Alexis Mac Allister.

Potter’s confirmation that Albion was looking for a forward showed that he is aware of areas where the group can improve.

But he said: “Rather than waiting for that 20-goal striker to come along, it’s probably better for the team to perform better and attack better, create more chances and have other players from other areas of the pitch score because that’s something what we can control.

“Alexis took part, Pascal took part, we have others who can do it too.

“Solly was very close, Leo can score.

“So we have options and we have players who can do that, it’s just a matter of continuing to work with the lads.”

He added: “I like the group, I like the team.

“Good togetherness and good competition, good opportunities and good variety.

“We have to keep working now.

“I won’t be the first manager to say I’m glad the window is closed, I’m sure.

“But luckily 13 games and then it’s open again so I don’t have to wait long, does it?”

The last bit was said with a laugh, but belief in his team is very serious.

Undav has a big part to play in that, not least since Neal Maupay left.

The German won the Carabao Cup in Forest Green with a calm finish.

Challenged to rise to the physical, mental and technical demands of the Prem, he has been little seen.

But we saw him get into decent ranges, even if he was clearly offside when he hit the post in the mid-week defeat by Fulham.

Still, it’s very early days and his chance will likely come.

Potter said, “He has a different profile than Danny, different attributes.

“We get to know him and he gets to know us.

“He probably has to be patient at the moment, but that’s to be expected because the team is doing well.

“Apart from last night we had a good run.

“But we understand his qualities and there will come a time when we need those qualities and then he has to show he’s ready and he will be.

“He fights every day and we are happy with him.”

Potter said there was never a temptation to spend money in the transfer window when big fees were coming in.

A player would only be called if he – and all elements of the deal – were spot on.

It’s clear Albion don’t necessarily agree with those who are calling for the signing of another striker.

But they are more positive about what they already have than some observers seem to be.

Potter said, “I like the group, I like the different qualities we have, the different personalities we have.

“People are making judgments now but to be honest the proof is in the pudding.

“People ask how good your window was, how much money you spent or so-called names you bring in, but really it’s about if they help the team function better, and we won’t know that for nine months .

“I would rate the group more as it works, how the personalities mix, what the everyday training is like – and the first signs are really positive.

“Now it is a case of work. The window is closed for this long period of 13 games and then we look forward to the next round of transfer questions!”

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