Brighton manager Graham Potter has admitted he is sweating on the fitness of a key trio of players, ahead of tonight’s trip to Sheffield United.
Potter takes his Seagulls side to Bramall Lane more or less having secured Premier League safety in recent weeks. However, on a personal level, Potter hasn’t beaten United yet in the Premier League, something he’ll be keen to put right this evening.
Last season saw two tight games finish 1-0 and then 1-1, while this year’s encounter also finished 1-1 as a late Danny Welbeck goal denied the Blades a crucial three points at the AMEX.
And speaking ahead of tonight’s trip to Sheffield, Potter says he is monitoring the fitness of a key trio of first-team players.
“Everybody came through the game ok, we’re still in the recovery process.
“There’s still a couple of lads that we need to be careful of, Adam Webster and Dan Burn haven’t played for a while, to a certain extent Danny Welbeck, but apart from that we’re fine,” Potter told the official Brighton website.
Webster being out would be a big loss to the Seagulls. The former Bristol City man has been a colossal presence alongside Lewis Dunk and Ben White. Further forward, United’s defence will be happy to see Welbeck not involved, given his experience and quality in front of goal.
Brighton a winnable game for Sheffield United, especially with players missing
This Blades squad needs to get some momentum ahead of next season and they couldn’t really ask for a better game than Brighton at home.
The Seagulls are a nice footballing side who are easy on the eye. But if United can get in their faces, then they can be troubled.
Paul Heckingbottom should have his players fired up. Of course, we are down, so motivation will be lower than it’s ever been. But United need to win some games, otherwise next season could become a bit of a slog from day one.