Nine players from three continents could feature in Qatar – The Athletic

More than ever, Brighton & Hove Albion will be present at the World Cup this winter – up to nine of their players, as things stand, could compete in Qatar.

The squad explosion reflects the multinational nature of Graham Potter’s side and the extent to which targeting high-potential young signings from around the world is central to the club’s recruitment policy, acquiring current and future Premier players. League with high resale. values.

The unusual World Cup schedule this year, moving from the traditional pre-season slot in June and July to November and December, when the weather in the Gulf state will be cooler, will put unique pressures on Brighton’s strategy for the 2022-23 campaign. .

The Premier League will include an extended mid-season break, from the second weekend of November through to Boxing Day matches.

Potter’s team will be badly disrupted, with players returning from international duty at different stages of the tournament as their countries are knocked out, and with varying levels of fatigue. This will be an additional consideration during the summer transfer window.

Here’s a comprehensive look at the current Brighton players on their way to Qatar, those whose nations missed out on qualifying and others who could still find their way into the race.

Europe

The European contingent can be split into two sections – those playing for countries that had already qualified before this current international break and players joining them via the play-offs.

Robert Sanchez faces further competition from Brentford’s David Raya for a place in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad.