Despite the failure on the part of Brighton & Hove Albion to clinch the Championship title, the mood amongst the supporters of the club is simply invigorating and ecstatic.
Their draw against Aston Villa coupled with a win for Newcastle United against Barnsley might have allowed the Magpies to breeze past Brighton right at the death to win the 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship silverware but that doesn’t take away the credit which Albion had earned for being one of the most productive clubs in the country to derive the most out of their limited resources.
Chris Hughton masterminded an absolute fairytale-like campaign for the Seagulls as he handsomely steered his troops into the league of elites.
However, Hughton isn’t unfamiliar with the animosity which the Premier League would have on offer on its tray for them and it goes without saying that he would have to make shrewd deals over the course of the summer transfer window to ensure that his side thrives well and remains in the safe zone.
Apparently, one of the players who is believed to have fallen on his radar is Fulham’s central midfielder, Kevin McDonald.
McDonald enjoyed a stellar season with the Cottagers after making a move from Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer. Despite losing out on a promotion as they lost 2-1 on aggregate against Reading in the Championship play-offs, McDonald was an instrumental figure for the London outfit in enabling them to finish sixth in the English second division table as he bagged 3 goals and 3 assists in 45 appearances which he piled up to his name.
Besides, he notched up a staggering pass accuracy of 86.5% and registered 2 tackles, 1.7 interceptions, 2.2 clearances and 0.5 blocks per game on an average and statistics like these tell us a lot about how complete he is as a player.
McDonald had been the midfield engine for the Whites last season and his ability to tear defences apart with his passes and vision, the knack to create ample amount of chances and dictate the game through the middle makes him an appealing target.
Besides, he has plenty of experience and his work-ethic and ability to toil relentlessly are exactly what Brighton & Hove Albion need to boost the morale of the troops further.
Despite having three years left on his current contract with Fulham, the 28-year-old might fancy a move to the English top-flight himself in order to draw more limelight which could eventually pave a way for him to get into the Scottish national side.
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