Despite playing some great football at times, Graham Potter’s Brighton & Hove Albion have struggled to find the back of the net regularly.
Glenn Murray has one goal in 19 Premier League appearances, Aaron Connolly has two one 20, meaning a lot has fallen on the shoulders of Neal Maupay, who is playing his first season in England’s top-tier.
The Frenchman has done rather well, with eight strikes in 28 appearances, but it’s clear the Seagulls need to add some firepower if they are to be more competitive going forward.
One of the names they approached in January, according to Le Télégramme in France, is that of Adrian Grbic, currently at Clermont Foot in Ligue 2.
The former Austria U21 international has caught the eye of many scouts with his consistent goalscoring this season, as he finished the season with 17 goals in 26 league games.
It’s explained the two clubs (one German and one English) who tried to buy him in January, with Brighton being the latter, ‘are still following him’, although they aren’t the only ones.
A long list of suitors has started to grow for the 23-year-old, as Lens, Saint-Étienne, Marseille, Lorient and Brest are all keen on his services.
That means Brighton might need to be extra convincing, and will need to fork out somewhere between €7-10m as well as promise him regular minutes, because that’s what’s most important to him.
He told Sports-Auvergne on Wednesday: “Marseille are part of the club that make you dream, but I’m not sure that it’d be a good destination for me. It would be interested on a financial level and media wise, but football wise, it would be a mistake.
“The right move would be to go to a club where I can play as much as possible to progress more because I have the ambition of playing the 2020 Euros that have been pushed back to next year”.
Brighton have been warned: if they want Grbic, then Potter will have to promise to play him a lot.