Brighton and Hove Albion’s Scouting Magic
Brighton have executed yet another masterstroke with Moises Caicedo’s recent record transfer to Chelsea.
The Seagulls have emerged as one of the best of clubs in the Premier League in the past few seasons, playing some of the most attractive football across the league. Their exciting style of attacking play has not been the only thing that has revolutionised their position in the Premier League, however.
Their exceptional scouting network has uncovered some amazing talents overseas that have blossomed into Premier League stars.
Brighton’s Scouting excellence
One such star is recent record transfer Moises Caicedo.
Brighton’s scouts spotted the talents of Moises Caicedo in his native country Ecuador, playing for top flight side Independiente del Valle and signed the then 19 year old on a 4 year deal for just £4.5 million – despite interest from Manchester United.
Brighton’s Manager at the time, Graham Potter, highlighted that “He will need time to settle in with the group, for us to get to know him and vice versa, as well as get up to speed and ready for the demands of the Premier League.”
Though Caicedo did take time to get accustomed to Premier League football, he began to flourish following a loan move to Belgian side Beerschot and once returning, impressed in the second half of the 2021/22 season.
He then played a pivotal role as part of Brighton’s young, exuberant squad in the 2022/23 season, He missed only 1 game as Brighton wowed the nation with their beautiful football as they secured a sixth placed finish in the Premier League – their highest top flight finish in history – and qualified for European football for the first time.
Brighton had found themselves a talent and quickly signed Caicedo to a new 4 year deal. However, when news of big money offers came pouring in for the signature of the Ecuadorian talent, Caicedo tried to force a move. Despite Brighton agreeing a record fee with Liverpool, he decided to opt for Chelsea, with Caicedo securing a record £115 million transfer to the capital.
Brighton, in the space of just over two years, had developed an unknown talent from Ecuador into one of the biggest transfers in PL history – a masterstroke.
This is just one example of Brighton’s exceptional scouting network with the likes of World Cup Winner Alexis Mac Allister and Marc Cucurella both developing into stars at the club before leaving for big transfers to Premier league giants Liverpool and Chelsea, respectively.
The amazing thing with Brighton in the last few years is that despite the loss of these top class players, they are always finding excellent value for new and exciting talents, with the likes of Kaoru Mitoma, Julio Encisco, Evan Ferguson, and Pervis Estupian all currently showcasing their talents on the south coast.
Now, with Roberto de Zerbi’s exciting style of football on full display, their is no end to Brighton’s potential. They are certainly the envy of some of the top teams in world football.
One thing is certain, at the moment, Brighton has one of the best scouting networks in world football.