Hughton Wary Of Swansea’s Adaptability

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Brighton manager Chris Hughton says they won’t be taking Swansea for granted in Saturday’s clash in South Wales.

Albion head to the Liberty stadium tomorrow to face a Swans side who have only won once in their last five Premier League games.

However, the Seagulls’ boss says it’s hard to predict how their opponents will set up for the game.

“Irrespective of form, the first thing you look at is the team, the quality they’ve got in the side and the fact we’re away from home. Those factors make it another difficult away game for us.

“You have to go into every game with that mentality. They have very good players and on their day can be a very good side.

“One thing about the manager is, is that they are prepared to change systems, change individuals.  It’s not a game as in some, where you can go into it and you’ve got a very good idea about what the formation will be.

Despite the Welsh side’s poor start to the season, they possess one of the brightest top-flight talents in striker Tammy Abraham.

The Chelsea loanee has scored five times in all competitions for the Swans and has received his first call-up to the England first team squad for the international friendlies against Germany and Brazil this month.

Albion and Newcastle were also linked with a loan move for the 20-year old over the summer, with Hughton praising Abraham for taking his chance in the Premier League spotlight.

“Most people were aware we had an interest in him, but these things happen. We weren’t the only club that had interest in him.

“What you do want to see is young players doing well - although he’s certainly one we don’t particularly want doing well on Saturday.

“Credit to him. He’s had an opportunity, played games and shown enough for him to get a first call-up.”

Albion’s squad are in fine health heading into a tough November that includes a trip to Manchester United and a home clash with arch rivals Crystal Palace.

Steve Sidwell remains the only injured member of the squad, with Sam Baldock and Beram Kayal both fit and ready for a return to the first team squad.

Whilst this is a small selection headache for Hughton, the side’s current form means that he is finding it hard to justify dropping any of his regular starters. 

“We’re in a nice position at the moment.

“It’s about picking the team and picking the squad. Sometimes that team picks itself and sometimes that bench picks itself.

“At the moment we’ve got healthy competition and means I’ve got more decisions to make.”

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