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2017/18 PLAYER FOCUS: PASCAL GROSS

13 June 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross is congratulated after scoring from the spot.

Pascal Gross delivered a stunning debut season for Brighton & Hove Albion after arriving from FC Ingolstadt at the beginning of the campaign, as he went on to win the club’s Player of the Season award.

The German featured in every Premier League game for the Seagulls as they secured their place in England’s top flight for another season - scoring seven goals and claiming eight assists for Chris Hughton’s side.

Gross made his debut against Manchester City on the opening day of the campaign, but West Bromwich Albion’s visit to the Amex Stadium was when the 26-year-old really made his mark.

The playmaker scored the club’s first-ever goal in the Premier League on the stroke of half-time against the Baggies, before scoring once more and providing an assist in the 3-1 victory on the south coast.

By the time Albion beat West Ham United at the London Stadium, Gross had assisted five of the ten goals scored by the Seagulls in the top flight.

His hard-working style of play was evident as he topped stats for distance covered within the opening weeks of the season, before his second goal of the campaign came against Stoke City at the Amex.

Gross scored a crucial winning goal against Watford to stop a seven-game run without victory just before Christmas, as the Seagulls added another three points to remain outside the Premier League relegation zone.



Another goal and assist came in Albion’s 3-1 victory over West Ham on the south coast, before setting up goals against Arsenal and Swansea City, as Hughton’s men moved closer to safety.

With home games against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United remaining, Gross delivered for his team-mates, as he fired home from the penalty spot against Spurs to secure an important 1-1 draw.

The German then scored the all-important goal that clinched survival for the Seagulls, as he attacked Jose Izquierdo’s cross to head home against the Red Devils at the Amex - winning the game 1-0.

Gross claimed 36% of the fans’ votes to pick up the Player of the Season award at the Players’ Awards Dinner at the Amex Stadium, ahead of Lewis Dunk and Mathew Ryan.

His contribution throughout his debut season with the club was rewarded earlier this month, as he signed a contract extension until June 2022.


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