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Five key talking points from West Ham

Five key talking points from Saturday's draw.

By Jacob Panons • 18 August 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk in action against West Ham United.
By Paul Hazlewood
The Amex before kick-off

1. Brighton fans will be the 12th man for the Seagulls this season
From before kick-off Albion fans created a deafening atmosphere which must have had an effect on the visitors, who struggled to get out of first gear. It helped spur on Graham Potter’s men who were unfortunate not to pick up all three points.

By Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk

2. Potter’s men are not afraid to play out from the back
Scouts from other Premier League sides will take note that Brighton are a side who are more than comfortable to play the ball out from the back. Captain Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, and Dan Burn proved this with several moments of passing excellence which help open up space further up the pitch.

By Paul Hazlewood
Leandro Trossard celebrates his goal.

3. Leandro Trossard can be a problem for Premier League opposition
Trossard showed that he could be a headache for teams this season as he impressed throughout before scoring in the second half after having a well-struck volley disallowed for offside in the first period. The Belgian attacker distributed the ball well and also played his part defensively.

By Paul Hazlewood
Dan Burn

4. Burn’s passing ability could be useful for the Seagulls
Man of the Match Dan Burn had an impressive game on all fronts from his tackling to his ability to bring the ball up the pitch but the 6ft 7in defender’s distribution really stood out. Burn created chances at the other with the defender ‘assisting’ Trossard for his disallowed goal.

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay

5. Neal Maupay teamed with Brighton’s passing ability can be lethal
Maupay is another player who proved that he can be a nuisance for opponents as he continuously popped up in the danger areas, and although he didn’t score, Potter’s new striker impressed the Amex crowd. Maupay’s nimble footwork in the final third kept West Ham’s defenders on their toes and he again demonstrated that he can be deadly when he teams up with the phenomenal passing ability of Pascal Gross, Davy Propper and Burn to name a few.

 

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