Why Pocognoli should stay at Brighton

Super Seb – zimbio.com

The most obvious examples of Brighton & Hove Albion’s impressive recruitment would be Glenn Murray and Anthony Knockaert, who appear to have fired them to promotion.

It is important however, not to underestimate the importance of loanee Sebastien Pocognoli, who scored an excellent goal in Friday’s victory at QPR. His 18th minute injury with Brighton 1-0 up against Newcastle was one of the factors behind their eventual 2-1 defeat, while heavy losses at Leeds and Forest came in his absence.

Pocognoli is a disciplined player and has won more aerial duels per game (2.7 WhoScored) than any left-back in the Championship bar Jonathan Grounds, Matt Doherty and Jonas Knudsen.

Liam Rosenior had an excellent game against Derby while Gaetan Bong has had good spells of form, but neither left-back can be relied upon for fitness. Pocognoli’s contract at West Brom expires this summer and it seems clear that he does not have a future at the Hawthorns.

Tony Pulis is not going to leave any time soon and he barely played the Belgian. Since his appointment, the ex-Stoke boss has preferred to play Chris Brunt, Chris Baird, Joleon Lescott and Allan Nyom, the latter to some success this term, away from their chosen position rather than use a natural left-back.
This summer, Brighton is the best option for Pocognoli – and vice versa.