Chelsea signed Graham Potter after sacking Thomas Tuchel earlier this week, so HITC Sport take a look back at their first XI in charge of Brighton – including Glenn Murray and Dan Burn.
Potter has agreed a five-year deal to move to Stamford Bridge as the first head coach Todd Boehly has hired. The American has been named sporting director after leading a consortium to buy the west London outfit from Roman Abramovich for £2.5billion in May.
Chelsea paid Brighton £21 million in compensation for poaching Potter and his behind-the-scenes team – assistant Billy Reid alongside coaches Bjorn Hamberg and Bruno, goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts and their scouting assistant Kyle Macaulay – from the South Coast side.
Potter’s appointment follows Chelsea’s sacking of Tuchel on Wednesday, after losing 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. The German had been in charge since January 2021 but had also started the new Premier League term with three wins and two losses.
Brighton had enjoyed a strong start to the top-flight season under Potter, going four wins and one loss to sit fourth after six games. He now leaves Amex Stadium after three years in charge with 43 wins and 43 draws in 134 games in all competitions, with 161 goals scored.
Potter first took charge of Brighton in a 3-0 Premier League win over Watford in August 2019. So, with Chelsea now signing the 47-year-old to replace Tuchel, HITC Sport take a look back at the first Brighton XI of Potter, and what has become of their career in the following years…
Mat Ryan (GK): Starter of Potter’s Brighton opener now in Copenhagen
Mat Ryan started Potter’s first game in charge of Brighton but now plies his trade for FC Copenhagen. The 73-cap Australian left the Seagulls in 2021 after four years at the Real Sociedad club after 123 games, but lasted just one year in La Liga after just nine games in all.
Lewis Dunk (CB): Potter made the defender his Brighton captain from the first XI
Potter made Lewis Dunk full-time captain in his first season at the helm of Brighton. The 30-year-old – who moved to the south coast from Bristol City in 2013 and made 380 appearances – had previously had the armband periodically and still remains the skipper.
Dan Burn (CB): Starter of Potter’s Brighton opener now at Newcastle
Dan Burn joined Brighton from Wigan a year before Potter joined Amex. He would initially establish a role under the new Chelsea boss at left-back, before becoming a more integral centre-half until joining Newcastle in January in a final £13million transfer.
Shane Duffy (CB): Potter granted Fulham a season-long loan in August
Shane Duffy has been on the books at Brighton since 2016, when the centre-back agreed to leave Blackburn. But Potter lost patience with the 30-year-old – who played 150 games for the Seagulls – in 2019, before a loan spell at Celtic and now joins Fulham in August.
Martin Montoya (RM): the Barcelona product back in Spain with Real Betis
Martin Montoya moved to Brighton from Valencia in 2018 but would only last a year under Potter. The right-back would then return to his native Spain with Real Betis in 2020, and he remains with the Estadio natives Benito Villamarin today – under contract until June 2024.
Davy Propper (CM): Dutch midfielder retired in January after returning from PSV
Davy Propper ended his playing days in January, six months after returning to PSV Eindhoven from Brighton. The Seagulls signed the midfielder from the Dutch giants in 2017 for what was a club record £10million, and he went on to make 121 appearances for nine assists.
Dale Stephens (CM): the star of the Seagulls for six years is now a free agent after the ax of Burnley
Dale Stephens spent six years at Brighton, during which he started in Potter’s first XI at Watford in August 2019. The midfielder joined the Seagulls from Charlton in 2014 and has played 223 times – his most with a club – before joining Burnley. during two years.
Solly March (CM): Brighton product still at Amex now after 11 years so far
Solly March has now spent 11 years with Brighton, having joined the club’s academy in 2011. During that time, the 28-year-old has amassed 243 first-team appearances with 14 goals and 22 assists, until here. He was also an integral part of Potter’s plans when they were together.
Pascal Gross (CM): Hughton’s addition still at Amex now after 2017 transfer
Chris Hughton has signed Pascal Gross from Ingolstadt for £3million after Brighton won a Premier League place. He impressed in the 2016/17 Bundesliga season but they didn’t avoid relegation. The 31-year-old has since registered 20 goals and 31 assists in 176 games.
Jurgen Locadia (ST): Bochum sells star to Persian Gulf Pro League club Persepolis
Brighton broke their club spending record to sign Jurgen Locadia from PSV in January 2018 for £14m. It ended Hughton’s hunt for a striker but didn’t do well following Potter’s arrival as the Dutchman was loaned out to Hoffenheim weeks after starting his first XI at Watford.
A temporary stint with Cincinnati followed for Locadia in 2020, before the Seagulls let the 28-year-old join Bochum for free in January 2022. Still, he would only last six months in the German squad and is now plying his trade at the gulf Persian. Persepolis, heavyweight of the Pro League.
Glenn Murray (ST): Retired in 2021 after Hughton reunion at Nottingham Forest
Glenn Murray hung up his boots in July 2021 and now works as a pundit with BBC Radio 5 Live. The striker retired six months after reuniting with Hughton at Nottingham Forest, as Potter let him leave Brighton in February after five years back on the south coast.
The 38-year-old returned to the Seagulls in 2016 after spells with rivals Crystal Palace, as well as Reading and Bournemouth. He previously played for the club between 2008 and 2011, when his return meant he played the most games in a team for Brighton with 287.
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