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Hoddle hails 'brilliant' Potter and Brighton: Their football deserves to be in top 6

Former England coach Glenn Hoddle admits he's a big fan of Brighton this season and the work of manager Graham Potter.

Indeed, Hoddle says for the football the Seagulls are playing this season they deserve to be much higher up the table.

After Saturday's 0-0 draw with Aston Villa where they dominated chances created, Brighton currently sit in 15th place on the Premier League table, eight points clear of the dropzone and unbeaten in their last five games.

Hoddle said on his podcast, ' The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show': "He (Potter) has done a brilliant job, I really must say. They must be the most unfortunate team in terms of deserving to win games. They have created so many chances, more than most teams in the league.

"They're a very, very well drilled football team, with the ball and without the ball. They're such a good team, with good individuals playing good football."

And Hoddle is convinced Brighton captain Lewis Dunk will be pushing for a regular England spot.

"He could be pushing for an international place at some stage," continued Hoddle, "he's a really good footballer, but also a good defender as well."

On the style of football Potter has Brighton playing, Hoddle was equally enthusiastic.

"They're a really good team that plays through the midfield. They create chances. They certainly shouldn't be in any trouble going down.

"The football they're playing well and truly deserves to have them in the top half of the division.

"They're a side which proves to anyone outside this country that the Premier League is the toughest league in the world.

"Other managers around the world would look at Brighton and say 'Wow, they're a top team, they must be in the top six or seven'. And you'd say 'No, they're fighting for their lives'.

"I think Graham Potter has done a fantastic job, he really has. If they get into an easier position as well, there's probably more to come from Brighton.

"If they can get into mid-table, I think we can see them play even better."

Hoddle was also keen to highlight the work Brighton have done in the transfer market in recent years, particularly shopping in South America for Alexis Mac Allister and Moise Caicedo, while also developing Steven Alzate for the Colombian national team.

He added: "They're more than decent players, they're good players.

"They've hit the road running and they feel comfortable in the system that Graham Potter has given them. Again, it's good management getting the best from these players."

Hoddle also admits he hopes Adam Lallana can get beyond the niggling injuries he's had in his first season with the club.

He added: "He's always been a good player. I've always liked Lallana. He's someone who needs a run without getting injured, because it knocks you back.

"There's even more to come from Adam Lallana."


Listen to this week's full episode of 'The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show' - a Tribal Football partner - below:

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