Brighton manager, Graham Potter, is in line for a double boost this weekend, with Aaron Connolly one of two players set to return.
The Republic of Ireland international has been one of the breakthrough stars of the season. He has two goals to his name, but it is his performances in general that have caught the eye.
However, Connolly has missed the last two games with an injury. But speaking ahead of the clash with Sheffield United this weekend, Graham Potter confirmed he should have Connolly available.
“Aaron Connolly should be ready for the weekend, he’s trained this week,” Potter said (Official site).
“We have no other problems from Monday and of course Dale Stephens back too,” Potter added.
Having Stephens back in the fold means it’s a double boost for Potter. The midfielder has been a regular starter this season in midfield, alongside the likes of Aaron Mooy.
Stephens will go head to head Blades midfield pair Ollie Norwood and John Lundstram, themselves just one yellow card away from a suspension.
How important is Aaron Connolly for Brighton?
Brighton have steadily established themselves in the Premier League in the last few seasons. They’ve spent a fair chunk of cash, too.
However, the breakthrough of a young striker like Connolly has got fans excited. Mick McCarthy, his manager for Ireland, has also been suitably impressed with the teenager.
Having Connolly back in the mix brings a new headache for the Blades defence. The likes of John Egan are already well aware of Neal Maupay, but the Irish youngster brings different attributes.
Raw pace, the ability to run in behind, and a bit of the unknown mean he’s a difficult opponent. However, saying that, the aforementioned Egan will be well aware of him from their time together with Ireland.
Aaron Connolly has the potential to be a top striker for Brighton, therefore, having him back in the fold this weekend is vital.