The recent 4-0 win over Burnley and narrow victory over Fulham have eased pressure on Jose Mourinho, but some fans are still looking at future replacements.
The number one target has to be Julian Nagelsmann, but several options could include the current Brighton manager, Graham Potter.
It may seem like a weird choice, as Brighton are in 16th place. However, Brighton are known for having an extremely high xG. xG, also known as expected goals, is a stat used to calculate how many goals a team should score.
Spurs usually have a low xG due to the counter-attacking we played earlier on in the season; contrasting Brighton’s usual numbers. If you placed Kane and Son in that team, they would easily be in the top 10.
Against West Brom, Brighton had 3.14 expected goals compared to the Baggies 1.13 (xG Philosophy). The fact they have only scored one goal from 7.79 xG in the last three matches shows their current shooting struggles (xG Philosophy).
Unfortunately for the Seagulls, these woes have been present throughout this season. Against Palace, they had an xG of 2.06 compared to the London side’s xG of 0.24 (xG Philosophy). Of course, these struggles would likey end with world-class strikers.
After 25 games, Brighton had an expected points tally of 45, compared to their actual total of just 26 (FootballxG). This would have put them 9th in the table, compared to their actual position of 16th.
This shows that Brighton play some superb attacking football up until the final third when it comes to actually putting chances away.
This is why I think Graham Potter should be considered if Mourinho is sacked. He is at the helm of a free-flowing attacking side that shouldn’t be where they are in the table.
Potter has also managed at Östersund and Welsh side Swansea (Wikipedia). With the Swedish side, he even beat Arsenal at the Emirates, so he’s clearly a perfect fit already!
It definitely wouldn’t be a marquee appointment, but I seriously believe he would be a good fit for the Lilywhites. With Kane, Son and maybe even Bale up front, Potter would have clinical strikers who would equal his seriously impressive xG.
I sincerely hope that we do not need a new manager in the near future as I hope that Jose can succeed. However, if the season doesn’t end in success, let’s at least consider the Brighton boss.
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