The Amex Stadium have a new player in town and it´s Marc Cucurella, former Getafe F.C player. Brighton & Hove Albion have announced their new signing after paying the release clause. The total fee they will be paying is €18 million. The Spanish athlete will be flying to England on the last day of the summer transfer market in order to sign his contract.
The 24-year-old player can play as a left-back, full-back or even a winger. He is mostly known as an offensive player rather than a defensive one as his ability to run down the flank is admirable and was considered as one of the best promising players in LaLiga. Brighton gains a young and talented player motivated to be a key player.
Throughout these years, the Spanish player has changed teams a couple of times due to loans. FC Barcelona, SD Eibar and Getafe are the teams he has played for in the past 4 years. Last season, he managed to score three goals and give two assists in 37 games whilst two years ago he scored one only goal but assisted five times.
At his early age, he´s already a LaLiga champions, Copa del Rey winner and a silver medal in the Olympic Games 2020.
How will this affect the team
Cucurella´s arrival to Brighton will mean someone loses his spot. Graham Potter has a tough task to deal with as one of his current players will no longer be part of the starting line-up. Jakub Moder could potentially be the affected player as they play in the same position.
The Polish could lose his place after just playing 15 game last season. At the age of 21, Brighton signed him for a transfer fee of £6 million in 2020. However, despite being an important player in the last half of last season, they both play in the same position therefore him having less game time.
Potter played with a 3-4-2-1 in his last game against Everton which benefits the Spanish left back when the team plays with three at the back, allowing him to attack more and take care a bit less of the defensive duties. He could also adjust to a 4-2-3-1 playing as a left-mid which would allow him to focus only in attacking although he could also be place as a left-back.
His only problem might be how he adapts to a new country, mostly because of the language barrier. It could happen the player does not have a quick adaption and lose confidence. Nevertheless, he will have teammates who are Spanish speakers such as Robert Sánchez and Alexis Mac Allister.
How Brighton & Hove Albion could play
POR: Robert Sánchez
MED: Pascal Gross, Adam Lallana, Yves Bissouma, Marc Cucurella
DEL: Leandro Trossard, Mac Allister, Maupay