Brighton’s life plans after Bissouma and Cucurella

Graham Potter has given a clear indication that Albion will not sign the so-called ‘Bissouma replacement’.

He has also hinted that they were forced to react faster than ideal to Marc Cucurella’s departure.

It had long looked like Albion already had the manpower to operate in midfield following Yves Bissouma’s move to Tottenham.

They could react in a similar way to how they did when trying not to buy a replacement after Ben White joined Arsenal last summer.

Cucurella’s departure was less predictable, although Albion reacted quickly to loan Levi Colwill.

It seemed that Potter would have preferred a replacement or a new plan long before Cucurella left.

He said: “We’re trying to be a little bit forward-thinking rather than reactionary.

“You’re clearly not in the best position to do this.

“The situation at Marc is a bit different due to the size of the fee and the rapid escalation.

“But we are in a strong position in terms of the squad.

“We have known about Yves’ situation for quite some time.

“Greats like Caicedo, Mac Allister and Mwepu obviously can’t fill in the gaps that Yves played in the same way.

“That’s the challenge. Can they bring their own qualities, their own attributes to the role? I’m sure they can.

“And then we have to find a solution as a team to move forward.”

He added: “I don’t think it’s a player replacing Yves because I don’t think that would be fair to the player replacing him.

“Yves is Yves, we will miss him and wish him well, but we have to find another solution.

“It’s not about throwing in just one player and finding Yves Bissouma as number two.

“It’s about looking at the guys that we have. Mac Allister, Mwepu and Caicedo didn’t play that much last year so they can fill the gap of games that Yves played and they have to do it their own way.

“We have to find a way that we can find a solution to this challenge with the qualities that they bring to the table.”

Albion broke normal procedure by loaning Colwill out.

They had to act quickly when Cucurella left.

It’s not clear if they will make any further additions, although Potter has said he’s happy with his left-back options.

When asked about the Colwill loan, Potter said: “It’s just a need of a player that we thought would help us.

“It’s a little change from what we usually do, but we don’t usually get a world record fee for a player either!

“Sometimes you have to react to things that happen that you don’t really expect.” Brighton’s life plans after Bissouma and Cucurella

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