After a few disappointing seasons, Graham Potter could finally make the most of his Brighton side.
Last season, according to the controversial Expected Goals (xG) statistic, the Seagulls should have finished fifth – 11 places better than their actual 16.e-placing the finish.
This season, however, they currently sit fourth in the Premier League table – just one point off the top.
It’s three places above Tottenham after back-to-back 3-0 defeats, and former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara believes his former club should have named Potter over the summer.
Instead, Nuno Espirito Santo was chosen as the club’s new boss, but O’Hara says Potter is the ‘real deal’ and would have been a superb date for North Londoners.
He told talkSPORT: “I think it was at the start of last season, I was kind of like, ‘No he still has to do more and show us more what he does with this Brighton side.
“And then he had another great season with them and the football he plays.
“When I interviewed him, I completely changed my mind with him.
“You know when someone has an aura when you’re with him and he has that kind of a philosophy about how he wants to play. When I interviewed him I was like, ‘Wow, this guy is the real one. case ”.
“He’s shown it this season and I think Spurs missed out on trying to take him.
“I love Nuno, I think he’ll do a good job eventually, I think he might do well. But if we were to have a manager where I would go, ‘He’s the one we should have ‘, I would have said Graham Potter.
Brighton struggled to score goals last season and despite creating plenty of chances according to xG they just couldn’t get the ball in the net.
This season is a slightly different story, having scored seven goals in five games helping them win against Burnley, Watford and Leicester.
This despite Ben White selling to Arsenal for £ 50million over the summer, and O’Hara praised the way the club replaced key players like the England international.
“As a team, they are really organized. They have a way of playing and they don’t change it, ”added O’Hara.
“They sold Ben White and it didn’t really affect them at all because they have players who come in and play exactly the same way. Everyone knows their role in the team.
“This season, they’ve just been a bit more clinical. They score more goals. They try their luck.
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