Brentford manager Thomas Frank has backed David Raya to react against Albion and impress Luis Enrique in today’s Spanish goalkeeper battle.
Raya was to blame for the first two goals in last weekend’s 5-1 thrashing at Newcastle, while the goalkeeper produced an unusually sloppy performance.
The 27-year-old will be given a chance to recover on Friday and there will be more to play for with compatriot Robert Sanchez in the Seagulls goal.
Just last month, the two were team-mates during Spain international camp where they provided competition for current first-choice Unai Simon and continued to stay in the pecking order above David De Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Frank said: “Hopefully Luis Enrique is watching and David is doing fantastic and keeping a clean sheet.
“That’s the hope. I think Luis Enrique is a very privileged manager who works with a lot of good goalkeepers and players in general.
“As a goalkeeper you have to get used to making a mistake every once in a while, not saving or making a mistake like David did.
“But one of his greatest strengths is his ability to move quickly from practice to practice in games and not let that affect him.
“That’s a key thing for a footballer in general, even more important than a goalkeeper. Maybe he didn’t underplay the next three passes, but he did it again in the second half and that’s the key.
“It’s like falling over on a bike, having to get up, and then moving forward again.”
Frank admitted his analysis in preparation for the Brighton clash made him focus on what Roberto De Zerbi did with Shakhtar Donetsk and Sassuolo.
He added: “They played two, both Liverpool and Tottenham. Of course we looked at those two and then I keep looking at the manager more and more.
“I look more at Roberto and I think he did a very good job in Sassuolo, he did well in Shakhtar too but it was the Sassuolo job that is the most impressive.
“Of course he inherited a good squad, a well-rehearsed team, and now he has to bring his own ideas to the table.
“I think it’s an interesting signing for the Premier League, very interesting but we know what Brighton will bring. They will try to dominate possession, be very flexible and we have to close that.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/23047333.robert-sanchez-david-raya-impress-luis-enrique/?ref=rss Robert Sanchez and David Raya want to impress Luis Enrique