Former Brighton & Hove Albion striker and BBC Sussex co-commentator Warren Aspinall praised Glenn Murray for achieving back-to-back double-figure goalscoring seasons in the Premier League, and believes the forward will continue to prove his importance to the team.
Aspinall has travelled up and down England watching the Seagulls in recent seasons, and the charismatic commentator highlighted the excellent job Albion’s post-war record goalscorer has done since returning to the south coast.
He said, “Glenn’s a top lad and I love him to bits, he’s done brilliant. He gives everything for the team and plays a very important role, with both his goals and work for his team-mates.
“He’s full of confidence when he gets on the pitch — you know he’s never happy to come off, but he knows he can’t play every minute of every game.
“He has to be a team player and I’m sure he’ll be vital again next season. The team needs his goals — he’s not blessed with pace, he never has been, but he knows where the back of the net is.
“That’s what you need in the Premier League — when those chances come along, you need to take them and that’s exactly what Glenn does more often than not.”
Murray was the only Albion player to feature in every Premier League match last season, and Aspinall believes the 35-year-old striker is continually showing improvement in England’s top tier.
“Glenn will be a big part of the team next season. I know he’s getting on a bit, but he’s like a red wine, he keeps on getting better with age.
“He does a great job winning free-kicks in vital areas of the pitch. That played into our hands last season because of the amount of set-plays we scored from — Glenn probably won most of them.
“He’s managed to get into double figures in both Premier League seasons for Brighton, bettering his total from the first season — that’s some achievement.”