Former Brighton defender Matthew Upson has commended the club for the signing of Adam Lallana during the summer transfer window.
The Seagulls snapped up the 32-year-old midfielder on a free transfer after he was released by Liverpool at the end of last season, with the England international arriving in Sussex as a winner of the Premier League and Champions League in the past 15 months.
However, the ex-Southampton man had become a peripheral figure at Anfield, making just nine league starts over the last three seasons and not featuring at all since early March, with a string of injuries not helping his cause.
Nonetheless, Upson believes that Brighton have pulled off a coup by bringing Lallana to the Amex Stadium. He told the Football, the Albion and Me podcast [via Brighton & Hove Independent]: “For someone like Lallana, the past couple of seasons have been tough, the injury problems and availability of matches hasn’t been great.
“So to come to a club like Brighton, and the exciting future, you feel the club is progressing in positive a direction then I think it’s a sensible move all round. It is a good move for him individually.
Upson is right in saying that Lallana’s move to Brighton is one which could suit all parties involved. The midfielder gets a fresh start at a new club after six years at Liverpool, where he had been badly struggling for game-time.
The Seagulls, meanwhile, have added the experience of a Premier League veteran (196 games in the division) who has won some of the biggest prizes in club football and will likely be hungry to prove that he can still have plenty to offer in the English top flight.
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Lallana’s capture – along with that of Ajax’s Joel Veltman, a Champions League semi-finalist less than 18 months ago – reflects ambitious transfer activity from the Sussex club, who are now established in the Premier League after three seasons and aiming to challenge for a top-half finish, having placed no higher than 15th since their return to the top flight.
If the ex-Liverpool midfielder can rediscover the form which saw him included in the England squad for two major tournaments in the mid-2010s, then Brighton will have done excellent business by getting him on a free transfer.
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