Name: Steven Alzate
Club: Brighton & Hove Albion
Date of Birth: 8 September 1998
Steven Alzate – his career so far
Steven Alzate is a 21-year-old talent who’s already plying his trade at Brighton & Hove Albion’s senior team but he had to go through a lot to get where he is right now. His footballing journey, however, started at Leyton Orient.
Back then, the youngster was still playing his football for the Football League’s U18 squad but found himself progressing quite quickly, making his professional debut in Orient’s tough 4-1 defeat at the hands of Stevenage in February 2017 after making a step up to the seniors in the summer before that.
But Alzate ended up playing only 12 games for the first-team of Leyton Orient – scoring once and tallying two assists in the process – before joining Brighton’s U23 team in July 2017. And the start of his career on the south coast was electric, to say the least.
The young attacking midfielder bagged a brace on his debut against Shoreham and then proceeded to net goals against Fulham and Reading respectively. His brilliant performances also helped Brighton climb up the ranks and back into the top-flight at U23 level.
Following that, Alzate was loaned out to Swindon Town in Sky Bet League Two for the 2018/19 season and ended up making a total of 26 appearances at the County Ground, even scoring three goals and claiming four assist under his belt in the process as well.
He returned back to the U23 squad in January 2019 before getting his big break that same summer as he was promoted into the senior team where he’s playing his football at the very moment.
Since then, Alzate has played a total of 21 games for Graham Potter’s squad, netting one assist along the way as well. After practically forcing his way into the first-team, he made his debut in a man-of-the-match display in a goalless draw away at Newcastle United.
The biggest Brighton news to come out of the camp surrounding Alzate was the fact that the young player was able to undergo a minor surgery following his groin issue. Of course, with the football being put on hold and teams still waiting for the all-clear sign from the upper hierarchy, he will also have more time to fully recover from the injury and should be available once football resumes.
At the moment, however, there don’t seem to be any transfer rumours or transfer news suggesting his future at the club is in any kind of danger or that big teams are prowling around Brighton’s bright young gem.
A recent report suggested that we should see him back in action soon when life returns back to normal and that is the only update on Alzate we’ve gotten so far.
Alzate’s biggest strengths definitely lie in his sheer versatility. The youngster might be an attacking-minded player altogether but he has been used all across the pitch during his stay at Brighton so far.
According to Transfermarkt, we’ve seen him in a total of seven positions in 2019/20 under Potter as the youngster has been slotted in defence, midfield and even the forward line in the ongoing campaign, spending the most time as the team’s right-back.
Needless to say, having a player equivalent of a swiss knife is a huge asset for Brighton but it would be beneficial both for him and the club to find his preferred role and then develop it properly.
Alzate seems like a very confident player when on the ball and quite secure in possession, as well as having a good eye for a nice pass to advance the play. Judging by his heatmap, he does like to spend time in the opposition’s half, courtesy of his attacking nature and tendency to actually be deployed in the more advanced roles.
He’s also quite a capable dribbler with 4.44 dribbles per 90 minutes (58.8% success rate) and has made 1.93 progressive runs per 90 minutes in 2019/20 as well.
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