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HUGHTON: LEAGUE MORE COMPETITIVE AFTER SUMMER SPENDING

4 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton looking focused before kick-off.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes the increased spending power of team’s in the Premier League is making the division more competitive, ahead of today’s game against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

The Seagulls sit four points ahead of the Swans, who are enjoying their seventh successive season in the top flight, and Hughton highlighted the narrowing gap between teams after a summer of heavy spending in the Premier League.

He said, “For this football club, we spent big over the summer. In comparison to the rest of the division, then perhaps it’s not, but we feel that we’ve spent big.

“So have Huddersfield, they broke their transfer record numerous times, similar to us, and Newcastle are the same.

“As each season goes on, the spending power of the teams that have been promoted will increase.

“Whether that makes things that little bit more even, I’m not so sure. We probably all know what the top six will be, and maybe it’s just got that little bit closer between everyone else.”

Albion head into the game on the back of a three-game unbeaten run, but Hughton remains realistic about the difficulty of the season ahead, and commented on the club’s potential activity in the January transfer window.

“We’ve started the season quite well for a newly-promoted team. Come January, hopefully that will still be the same but it might not be.

“A striker could be a position that we’re still looking at, but there will also be other positions we’ll be looking at, because we don’t know where we’ll be come January.

“We know that window is the last window and opportunity. The best answer is that we’ll be continuing to look at all positions, because we don’t know what injuries we’ll have and what we need to supplement.”

After making his 200th appearance for the Seagulls against Southampton last weekend, Hughton praised Bruno for his hard work and contribution in recent years.

“I will have been at the club for three years come January, and he’s been an influence right the way through that period.

“He’s an outstanding individual, and his age hasn’t affected his level of performance, certainly in my time here.

“He’s coming to that latter stage of his career, so for him to be playing in the Premier League, at this time, is brilliant for him. All of his hard work has paid off.”


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