Graham Potter’s Brighton side, like Leeds United, are a team that like to play out from the back.
Despite it sometimes going against them, it is a tactic that they have stuck with as they battle against a potential relegation fight.
Much of Brighton’s attacking creativity comes from their defence, in particular, Tariq Lamptey and Adam Webster.
Both are highly capable on the ball and make up a key part of Potter’s tactical plans at the Amex.
However, Lamptey is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and is set to miss the game against Leeds United [Sussex Live].
Without Lamptey, there is extra emphasis on Webster to provide that spark of creativity from the back, with Brighton without a win in their last five league games.
Webster, currently valued at £13.5million, is certainly a player that Leeds will have to pay close attention to and stopping the defender in his tracks will be a great way to gain the upper hand against the Seagulls.
Despite Brighton’s struggles this season, the 26-year-old has proven himself to be one of the best central defenders on the ball throughout the entire Premier League.
According to Wyscout, Webster has played the eighth-most passes (1048) of any player in the division.
He also ranks inside the Premier League’s top 30 players for the highest number of long passes played (7.55) per 90 minutes.
Passing statistics for defenders can often be misconstrued, but Webster is very positive on the ball and has played the sixth-highest number of passes into the final third (159) in the Premier League.
He also has the third-highest number of ball progressions per minute in the Premier League (6.14), with only Leeds’ Luke Ayling and Chelsea’s Thiago Silva recording more so far this season.
A closer look at the defender’s heat map – courtesy of Wyscout – shows that he shares a very familiar trait to Ayling, who as we all know, is more than comfortable to step into midfield positions when on the ball.
Marcelo Bielsa is a head coach who knows the value of having players comfortable on the ball in all areas of the pitch, so he will be fully aware of how important it is to stop Webster doing what he does best.
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