“Graham Potter’s six-year contract was a surprise to me” claims former Brighton forward

Monday, February 10th, 2020 2:02pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Ex-Brighton & Hove Albion forward Gordon Smith admits he was shocked at how quickly Graham Potter was rewarded with a two-year extension on his original four-year contract.

After a very successful start to life on the seaside, Brighton boss Graham Potter is experiencing his first rocky period during his time at the helm.

Potter has come a long way in a short space of time since his FC Östersund days, swapping Sweden for Swansea in 2018 before taking charge of Brighton in May 2019.

His first game in the dugout was an opening day 3-0 away win at Vicarage road, however, the morale isn’t quite as sky high since that sunny August afternoon.

Brighton currently sit second bottom of the Premier League form guide, without a win to their name in six attempts.

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Speaking to Love Sport’s Weekend Breakfast Show, former Seagulls midfielder Gordon Smith revealed his mixed views on the current Brighton boss.

“We know that he hadn’t been in the job long. That was the biggest surprise for me. The fact he got a six-year contract having only been in the job a few months and it was all down to the basis that the club was playing nice football and the fans were enjoying it.

“Potter is spoken about very highly by the fans, they prefer the football they are playing as opposed to under Chris Hughton. Nevertheless, I think Chris Hughton set them up by recognising they were entering relegation territory by playing in such a way that they were fighting for all the points rather than playing in a certain kind of way.”

Smith went on to bemoan Brighton’s struggles in front of goal. Neal Maupay, who signed for £16 million from Championship outfit Brentford during the summer, is the side’s top scorer with just seven all season.

“Maupay is a good goalscorer but he hasn’t scored for quite some time. He’s goalscoring record states he hasn’t scored for about eight games in that respect, although he’s a goalscorer he hasn’t been doing it on a regular basis.

“He gave away the goal yesterday, he gave the ball away and all of a sudden Watford were 1-0 up.

“Of late, it hasn’t been working for them, they brought Glenn Murray back in because there was no doubt about it that the problem was they lacked a real goalscorer. No one else had been able to do the job he’d been doing for quite a few years, now they are starting him in the team because they fear there are no other goal scorers in the team.”

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