Brighton transfer news: ‘Wonderful’ 2020 case honored by South Coast journalist
Journalist Tom Barclay praised Brighton defender Joel Veltman after the team’s good start to the season.
What is Veltman’s record at Brighton?
Veltman moved to the South Coast in July 2020 for just £ 900,000 from Dutch giants Ajax. He established himself as a first-team regular in his debut Premier League campaign, making 28 league appearances for Graham Potter’s men.
After missing the first two games of this season due to illness, he has since come back to the side and picked up where he left off. The 29-year-old has held various positions in recent weeks and has helped his side achieve impressive victories against Brentford and Leicester.
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What did Barclay say about Veltman?
Given that Brighton managed to sign Veltman for under £ 1million, Barclay believes the 28-cap international has been a great addition to the squad. Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, he pointed out that the 6-foot-1 defenseman has a well-rounded skill set that allows him to cover a variety of roles.
Barclay said: “Joel Veltman, who was signed for around £ 900,000, the Netherlands international is a wonderful signing as he can play both in the bottom three but also as a winger. And obviously he doesn’t have the Lamptey’s pace, but he has a great sense of position, he’s a very good defender and he also has a good cross on him.
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How important is Veltman to Brighton?
Veltman could be considered an unsung hero at Amex stadium. Brighton arguably has some top players in their squad, such as Belgium international Leandro Trossard, midfielder Yves Bissouma and experienced England duo Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana. However, the importance of Veltman should not be overlooked.
As Barclay mentioned, Veltman can play anywhere along the back line and is even comfortable playing a winger role when Brighton is playing three at the back. Considering Brighton have one of the smallest budgets in the league, they don’t have the most complete squad so it’s a huge boost for the squad when they have someone in their ranks. who can play multiple positions at a high level.
This is exactly what Veltman offers, and right now he seems to be at the peak of his powers. If he can stay fit and continue to switch roles easily, Brighton has every chance of achieving their best Premier League result this year.
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