Which Brighton Goalkeeper Is Best in Fantasy Premier League?

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July 14, 2023

Which Brighton Goalkeeper Is Best in Fantasy Premier League?

Welcome, Fantasy Premier League enthusiasts! As we delve into the world of virtual football management, it’s essential to scrutinise every aspect of our squad, from star strikers to solid defenders. And today, we find ourselves standing at the intersection of choice, pondering which Brighton goalkeeper will best serve our fantasy aspirations.

Brighton & Hove Albion, a resilient Premier League side renowned for their defensive prowess, has seen a trio of talented shot-stoppers battling it out for the coveted starting spot between the sticks. While their real-world performances might be a topic of heated discussion among football pundits, we’re here to assess which Brighton goalkeeper emerges as the ultimate gem in the Fantasy Premier League realm.

So, without further ado, let’s explore the individual strengths, weaknesses, and fantasy potential of each Brighton goalkeeper. By the end, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge needed to make an informed decision and secure a formidable last line of defence for your Fantasy Premier League squad.

Bert Verbruggen

Who Is Bert Verbruggen?

Bert Verbruggen is 20 years old and only really has one proper season of football with Anderlecht under his belt. But the attributes that he does have key attributes that Brighton will be keen to get the most out of. He signs from the Belgian Pro League giants for £16.3 million which is a sizeable and a real symbol of intent on making Verbruggen in the future plans of Albion.

He made 23 appearances last season, keeping 10 clean sheets in that time (8 clean sheets in 17 league games). He wasn’t always first choice at Anderlecht and then when he finally got the chance, he managed to nail down the spot in December. Where he’d then go on to win the clubs player of the year award, as well as being called up for the Netherlands international squad.

Verbruggen measures at 6ft 4in, can play well with the ball at his feet and this suits De Zerbi’s style and approach to the game. Of course, all whilst doing the basics of being a decent shot stopper and making the third highest saves per game in the Belgian Pro League last season.

Jason Steele - Brighton Goalkeeper

Will De Zerbi Stick With Steele?

Now Jason Steele was a surprise to most when he took the gloves from Robert Sanchez, prompting managers including myself to transfer him in for the rest of the season and make the most of Brighton’s seemingly endless double gameweeks towards the end of the season. Now Jason Steele hasn’t done much wrong to warrant being dropped to the bench in place of Bert Verbruggen. So it will be interested to see who impresses De Zerbi the most in training and claims the Brighton number 1 spot.

Now 32, it will be interesting to see as well if De Zerbi takes the route of using an older experienced head as the number 1 and allowing Verbruggen to shadow Steele and learn from him for a year or 2 before making the step up. But I’m sure all will be revealed at the start of the season.

Robert Sanchez - Brighton Goalkeeper

Is Robert Sanchez Surplus To Requirements?

At the start of the 2022/23 season Robert Sanchez was the main man under Graham Potter. Safe to say a lot has changed since then… Graham Potter, left for Chelsea. Roberto De Zerbi joined and Graham Potter has since been sacked by Chelsea. This managerial change saw Jason Steele take his place between the sticks and really make that his own.

But the signing of Bert Verbruggen has accelerated rumours of an exit for Robert Sanchez who in turn has drummed up interest from both Chelsea and Manchester United. Who following major exits in their goalkeeping departments are looking for a replacement and in this inflated transfer market might just be able to snipe a bargain in Robert Sanchez who will be happy to move if he’s not in Roberto De Zerbi’s plans. He’s owned by 5.1% of managers currently so he could be an interesting pick for some if he does get his move. If not, I probably wouldn’t bother…

Ultimately, your selection will depend on your risk appetite, team strategy, and the ever-evolving dynamics of the Premier League season. Monitoring injuries, fixtures, and the manager’s preferences will play a crucial role in staying ahead of the game and maximising your fantasy points.

Whichever Brighton goalkeeper you decide to entrust with your virtual team’s fortunes, keep in mind that success in Fantasy Premier League hinges on a well-rounded squad, a keen eye for emerging talents, and strategic decision-making.

So, fellow fantasy managers, let the battle for the best Brighton goalkeeper continue. May your choice prove to be the one that brings you joy, points, and perhaps even the coveted title of Fantasy Premier League champion.



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