Brighton predicted lineup against Norwich City: Potter encountered Bissouma and Lamptey’s dilemma
Brighton received a triple injury boost ahead of today’s game at Norwich City – but are also deprived of some key players.
Albion trio Enock Mwepu, Adam Webster and Yves Bissouma are back in training, and all three have a chance to be available for selection for the 3pm clash at Carrow Road.
Mwepu will likely have a place on the bench after a strained groin, Webster could join him after a month away with a hamstring problem, but Bissouma could start after straining his knee a few weeks ago.
Unfortunately, Steven Alzate and Danny Welbeck will be out until 2022 with respective ankle and hamstring injuries. Both, however, have had successful surgeries.
Naturally, Robert Sanchez will start in goal, and in defense Marc Cucurella, Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy and Joel Veltman are nailed to the starters.
However, will head coach Graham Potter pick three center-backs and two full-backs or a four-back? Could Tariq Lamptey come back in the fold? Or will Dan Burn start over from the back?
As far as Lamptey was concerned, Potter had this to say about the 21-year-old right-back.
“He’s been training really well, as you can imagine, he can’t wait to get back on the pitch and play. We just have to find the right time for him. The team is doing well and as a substitute, it’s not that easy to come and make that impact, ”he said.
“Obviously, we are aware that he has been laid off for a long time, so we have to be careful, but he has trained and he is ready to help us. It’s just a matter of finding the right time to him.”
Potter seems to be understandably cautious of the England Under-21 international, so he may not be risky early on yet.
As a result, Burn, who has done well since returning from a knee injury, could start in a back three.
In midfield, if Bissouma is okay to start, a balance will have to take place.
Pascal Gross, Jakub Moder and Alexis Mac Allister all have a good chance to debut but chances are only one of them will.
In terms of balance, including Adam Lallana, Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay – Gross could get the nod.
Aaron Connolly, Mac Allister, Moder and co could come off the bench.
Keep up to date with all the latest news, views and analysis from the Amex.
Our Facebook and Twitter pages dedicated to the Albion will bring you the conversation
Brighton starting eleven:
Robert Sanchez; Joel Veltman, Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, Dan Burn, Marc Cucurella; Yves Bissouma, Pascal Gross, Adam Lallana; Léandro Trossard, Neal Maupay
Kjell Scherpen, Alexis Mac Allister, Jakub Moder, Tariq Lamptey, Taylor Richards, Enock Mwepu, Adam Webster, Aaron Connolly, Haydon Roberts