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Predicted XI: How Brighton could line up under Graham Potter in 2019/20

Brighton and Hove Albion will confirm the appointment of Graham Potter as their new manager on Monday afternoon.

The former Ostersunds boss is set to leave Swansea City to join the Premier League club on his 44th birthday, and he will know that he has a big job on his hands given the Seagulls only narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship last term.

Potter will be well aware that he needs to find an effective formula and quickly for a team that only picked up two top flight wins in 2019, to end the campaign in 17th position.

In south Wales, the former Southampton centre-back certainly had a preference for youth over experience in his starting XI, with the likes of Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge and Wilfried Bony often cast aside in favour of Dan James, George Byers and Oliver McBurnie.

That said, the south coast outfit don’t have a huge first-team squad filled with old players, so it could be a simpler task for the man who loves a 4-2-3-1 formation at the Amex Stadium.

Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk are certain to renew their strong centre-half partnership if they stay with Potter favouring a British spine with the Swans, while Mat Ryan should continue between the sticks and Bernardo may well be given the opportunity to impress at left-back.

However, a change is likely to happen on the opposite side with Bruno retiring and Martin Montoya often failing to impress.

Brighton have been linked with Chelsea’s Reece James, who would be a fine addition at right-back.

In midfield, Davy Propper and Dale Stephens are likely to get the nod with the latter again fitting into his new boss’ British philosophy.

The 44-year-old also liked pace on the wings and behind the striker at Swansea, so Solly March and Joze Izquierdo may well go into the 2019/20 campaign as the club’s first-choice wingers.

There could also be a change of role for Yves Bissouma, who has shown that he has the ability, the speed and the power to make an impression further forward – if he can improve his final ball and goalscoring record, that is.

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Finally, Brighton have been linked with a £12m move for Oliver McBurnie (The Sun on Sunday 19/05, page 63) and should he arrive at the Amex he may well go straight into the XI.

Potter knows him well and Glenn Murray is getting no younger – the bench may await him if the manager prefers a more youthful and energetic look to his side next term.

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