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Brighton plotting transfer move for 23-year-old as Graham Potter era begins

According to reports Brighton manager Graham Potter has made Matt Grimes to his list of targets, after already identifying fellow Swansea player Oli McBurnie as a potential transfer target.

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Graham Potter been at Brighton for just over a week but he is already seeking to raid his old club for some of their best talent, according to The Argus.

First it was reported by WalesOnline that Brighton had showed interest in star striker Oli McBurnie, and now the news has broke that Matt Grimes is also on Potter’s shortlist.

The Exeter youth product largely went under the radar in South Wales last season, largely due to the performances of team mates such as McBurnie and Daniel James.

But Potter knows all about his qualities and he was one of his most favoured players, appearing in all but one Championship match this season.

Swansea played a passing game in the Championship and rank second when it comes to average possession across the season. Potter could adopt that style at Brighton, and Grimes would be the ideal player to help install the new philosophy.

He made more passes than any other Championship player this season according to Whoscored, averaging a remarkable 70 passes per game.

This season was the breakthrough for Grimes, the first time he was given a regular run of games in any team he’s played for, having spent time on loan at Blackburn, and he wasted no time in displaying his talent.

The Verdict

Grimes is one of many young players to have impressed under Potter, who is the type of manager to bring the best out of his players. Brighton fans should be enthusiastic about the news, as it indicates a possession-brand of football which was missing under the reign of Chris Hughton.

It remains to be seen if Grimes is ready to make the step up. He may be better off developing at Swansea, where he is used to the intensity of the league and will have greater opportunity to express himself on the pitch.

At Brighton he may not be a regular and in the Premier League Brighton will spend long durations without the ball in certain matches, which does not suit Grimes’ game.


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