Graham Potter recorded a century of games as head coach on Saturday, providing the perfect time to reflect and analyse the club’s progression under him.
💯 games in charge for GP. 👏 pic.twitter.com/zSbrhH76Rh— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) November 21, 2021
"It's about being in the moment, life is about that." 💬— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) November 22, 2021
Watch our full feature with Graham as he reflects on his first 1⃣0⃣0⃣ games in charge of Albion. 🎥👇 #BHAFC
Potter ranks among the top five youngest head coaches in the division, and ranks inside the top eight for length of tenure at two years, six months and nine days at the time of writing.
Graham Potter - 100 games as Brighton head coach (all competitions):— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) November 20, 2021
W29, D33, L38
Scored in 68 games
29 clean sheets
23 points versus ‘big 6’ teams
13 Premier League debuts given to U23s
1.2 points per game average#BHAFC pic.twitter.com/MLnCSZqBC6
Data always needs context to evaluate, and across the century of Graham Potter managed games, the Albion have boasted improved clean sheet rates (29% versus 22%), scored (1.15 versus 1.02) more goals and conceded fewer (1.34 versus 1.46) per game and avoided defeat in a greater proportion of games (62% versus 55%) across all competitions when compared to performances from the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons combined.
Expected goals (for and against) data, which is best used to track performance over long time periods, shows favourable attacking increases and better defensive performances since Potter’s arrival.
In the last Premier League season Albion finished with club records for points (41), points finished above relegation zone (13), clean sheets (12), fewest goals conceded (46) and most goals scored (40), clear evidence of progression in terms of output as well as style. Such upward trends have been maintained this season, and despite a slight dip in recent form this is still Brighton’s best ever start to a Premier League season.
This campaign (21/22) is Brighton’s joint-best or outright best start to a Premier League season (after 11 games) in terms of:— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) November 8, 2021
Points above relegation zone (9)
Wins + draws (9)
League position (7th)
Clean sheets (4)
Progression. 🔵#BHAFC pic.twitter.com/QPZcnLa8W2
Speaking of style, ever since Potter’s arrival, his team have played some of the most possession-heavy football of any side outside the big six, recording the majority share of possession in 61 of the 100 games. In every season so far under Potter, Albion rank inside the top two (non-big six) sides for open-play sequences consisting of ten passes or more, having completed 990 such patterns across Potter’s tenure thus far (Premier League games only), with 201 leading to a shot or touch in the opposition box. Per game, Brighton’s frequency of these passing sequences is now at its highest ever in any Premier League season (15.5), and they rank third overall in the Premier League for this metric.
Brighton rank 3rd in the Premier League for average sequence length (10.9s) and 4th for average passes per sequence (4).— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) October 4, 2021
They’ve completed 102 sequences of 10+ passes (14 ending in shot/touch in opposition box) - joint-2nd highest in the league.pic.twitter.com/tJeJwWhFm9#BHAFC
A commitment to providing an academy-to-first team pathway has been clearly demonstrated under Potter, with Brighton providing the greatest proportion of minutes to homegrown players of any Premier League side last season.
% of minutes given to club-trained players throughout the @premierleague this season. @OfficialBHAFC leading the way. A club who have focused on developing their Academy & establishing a clear pathway to the first team.— Kevin Nicholson (@kevnicholson1) March 30, 2021
Data from @CIES_Football
Produced by @TheAthleticUK pic.twitter.com/ohprqvVweX
Thirteen different players aged 23 or younger (at the time of playing their first game) have received Premier League debuts under Potter, and he has given debuts to 20 other Under-23s across cup competitions. Seven Premier League ‘debut balls’ – awarded to any player who has spent more than three years in an English football academy prior to debut – have been given to Albion players thus far in Potter’s reign (Adam Webster, Robert Sanchez, Ben White, Taylor Richards, Jayson Molumby, Steven Alzate, Aaron Connolly).
Last season, and in this current campaign, Brighton’s average age of their starting 11 has been below the Premier League average. Internationally, Brighton have had at least 12 senior international debuts since the start of the 2019/20 season.
Brighton‘s U23 Premier League debutants under Potter (age):— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) November 23, 2021
🇩🇪 Khadra (19)
🇮🇪 Connolly (19)
🏴 Richards (20)
🇦🇷 Mac Allister (21)
🇮🇪 Molumby (21)
🇨🇭 Zeqiri (21)
🇵🇱 Moder (21)
🇨🇴 Alzate (21)
🏴 White (22)
🇪🇸 Sanchez (22)
🇫🇷 Maupay (22)
🇪🇸 Cucurella (23)
🇿🇲 Mwepu (23)#BHAFC pic.twitter.com/bpFSYkr86I
No player has scored more goals for Brighton under Graham Potter than Neal Maupay, who coincidentally has scored as many goals (22) as Brighton have had different Premier League goalscorers under Potter. The Frenchman has netted with each of his right foot (13), left foot (6) and head (3), and has six assists under Potter too, evidence of the variety of chance types that a Potter system creates, as well as the varied demand on players to contribute to all phases of the game.
Neal Maupay’s Premier League goals breakdown:— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) August 15, 2021
19 total goals scored
8 opening goals
5 equalising goals
5 match-winning goals
4 goals scored when winning/losing by more than one goal#BHAFC #BURBHA pic.twitter.com/p7yP6j5htH
Leandro Trossard is the only player to record double digits in goals (13) and assists (10) under Potter, and the Belgian is currently having more shots (2.75) and touches in the opposition (5.34) per game than ever before in the Premier League – his dribble success rate of 74% is also an individual season best.
Leandro Trossard ranks inside the top 20% of Premier League forwards this season for:— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) November 11, 2021
Passes into the penalty area
Dribbles leading to shot
Dribble success %
Shot-creating actions#BHAFC 🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/vQcNfFysxT
Pascal Gross has assisted the most goals (16) of any Brighton player under Graham Potter, with the German only assisting more (32) under Ralph Hassenhuttl at Ingolstadt.
Pascal Gross’ first 3 games of the 21/22 season:— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) September 5, 2021
168/211 passes completed
39 pressures (10 successful)
31 progressive passes + dribbles
28 ball recoveries
16 shot-creating actions
German engineering. 🇩🇪 #BHAFC pic.twitter.com/Ugbkgw5kPS