2011/12 Season Preview: Brighton & H.A
New-boys Brighton are the next side to come under the VitalWatford examination...Gaffer:
Gus Poyet, who having delivered promotion at the first-time of asking last season has increased his standing in the game to an all-time high.
A fan of the same brand of football as Watford, Poyet has proven himself to be a shrew operator in the transfer market to boot.Position 10/11:
Champions of League One and by some distance too.In:
Will Buckley (Watford, £1m), Roland Bergkamp (SBV Excelsior, undsic.), Romain Vincelot (Dagenham & Redbridge, undisc.) and Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United, £3m).Out:
Elliott Bennett (Norwich City, £3m), James Tunnicliffe (Wycombe Wanderers, free transfer) and Jimmy McNulty (Barnsley, undisc.).Star Man: New-boy Craig Mackail-Smith
was electrifying for Peterborough last season with 27 league goals to take his total for the Posh up to 80 in just 185 league appearances.
Pacey, determined and hard-working the signing of Mackail-Smith ahead of several bigger sides shows that the Seagulls are a side on the up.Best Business:
Selling the impressive Elliott Bennett to Norwich for several million might well turn out a shrewd piece of business as the winger has never played outside of the bottom two divisions.
The money from the deal has paid for Craig Mackail-Smith a man who's proven himself on a much more consistent basis.Prediction:
It would never surprise me if Poyet's men 'do a Norwich' and win back-to-back promotions.
The squad and the setup is strong at the AmEx Community Stadium and I fancy Brighton for a top-seven finish.