Graham Potter left Brighton and Hove Albion back in September to join Chelsea.
After several excellent years on the south coast, he leaped to manage one of the league’s biggest teams.
Potter had been a crucial part of Brighton’s project as they had established themselves as a stable Premier League outfit in recent years.
But to the surprise of many, his departure has led Brighton to levels they possibly would have never reached under Potter.
Roberto de Zerbi was appointed in his place, and he has brought attractive football and excellent man management to the Amex Stadium.
Results have been excellent under de Zerbi
Brighton was by no means performing poorly in the opening games of the season led by Potter.
They were situated roughly around the European spots when de Zerbi arrived. The Italian has cemented their status as a comfortable top-half team, and now their first-ever European qualification is up for grabs. In the English Premier League odds, Brighton is offered at -175 to finish in the top six positions, which would earn them a European tour.
Roberto de Zerbi has made Brighton an excellent possession-based side that can compete with any team in the league.
They have recorded impressive victories against the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.
Brighton also beat Jurgen Klopp’s side in the FA Cup fourth round in an impressive run that has led to a date at Wembley. Manchester United is the opponent in the semi-final of the competition.
Although he is a young coach, De Zerbi will have genuine hopes of delivering Brighton’s greatest campaign ever, with silverware potentially on the agenda.
An FA Cup victory and a place in Europe are certainly a possibility for the Italian’s highflying Brighton side.
Understand there’s a fixed amount into Roberto De Zerbi’s contract to leave Brighton, similar to Potter 🔵🇮🇹 #BHAFC
There’s one crucial difference: it’s only valid in the summer, not during the season.
De Zerbi, only focused on Brighton to complete the season in the best way. pic.twitter.com/WDpdhyYjkC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 28, 2023
De Zerbi has unleashed Kaoru Mitoma
De Zerbi has offered opportunities to players that were not given much playing time under Potter.
Kaoru Mitoma is a shining example of the coach’s excellent ability to guide players to their peak abilities.
Before his arrival, the Japanese star had barely starred for Brighton after returning from a loan in Belgium.
But the faith of the Italian coach has unleashed one of the league’s most frightening wide players.
He is arguably the greatest dribbler in the Premier League right now and is spearheading Brighton’s remarkable campaign.
It is not a surprise that he is a stunning dribbler, considering he conducted his university thesis in the art of dribbling.
Ultimately, de Zerbi spotted his talent and allowed him to showcase that talent to the rest of the league. Mitoma’s electric form has epitomized the de Zerbi era – eye-catching and fearless with and without the ball.
Kaoru Mitoma has been directly involved in 11 goals in his last 15 league appearances ✅
What a season he is having ✨ pic.twitter.com/kYyhtnklxa
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 4, 2023,
De Zerbi has made Brighton one of the league’s standout teams. He has made silverware and a place in Europe a real possibility which is a level that Potter never managed to reach.
Potter has now been sacked from his Chelsea role after struggling to achieve consistency at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, de Zerbi continues to offer nothing but consistent performances for Brighton. He has accelerated the Brighton team to newfound levels.
It can be concluded that the departure of Potter was certainly a blessing now that hindsight is available.