Graham Potter’s incredible climb to the Premier League has started with a triumphant 3-0 win over Watford in their own backyard.
Top performances were being pulled off all around the pitch: Solly March and Martin Montoya adapted fantastically to the new wing back positions, Davy Propper and Dale Stephens ran the game from midfield, Neal Maupay looked electric when he came on. But despite three goals, it was the three central defenders who particularly stood out. Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk – surely two of the first names on the team sheet considering that Brighton & Hove Albion have now adjusted to a 3-4-3 – were fantastic, but it was Dan Burn who was the unsung hero of this week.
Burn, who will be looking over his shoulder considering the club has spent over £20m on Adam Webster, started this season with a bang and was given a rating of 8/10 by the Brighton and Hove Independent.
Playing on the left-side of a three, 6’7” Burn recorded four aerials won, six clearances, two interceptions, and only committed one foul (WhoScored).
Even more impressively – and crucially to Graham Potter’s more possession-based approach (as said by Nick Ames in the Guardian and proven by 52 per cent possession away from home) – Burn recorded more passes than the entire of the rest of the squad with 61. He also had a shot on goal and linked superbly with Solly March on the left-hand flank, as referenced within the Brighton and Hove Independent.
Dan Burn has now given his coach a selection headache in the future. He joined Brighton in August 2018 and has only played four games since joining, with only one coming in the league. With such a commanding performance it will be harsh on him to be replaced by Adam Webster instantly, and we could well see the 27-year-old start at home to West Ham on Saturday afternoon.
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