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Arsenal v Brighton, the injuries and Brighton’s dodgy finances

By Bulldog Drummond

It is interesting just how volatile the injury league table from Physioroom.com has been this season.  Here’s the league table before the final match of the campaign – the number at the end of each row is the number of men reported by Physioroom as being out this weekend.

  1. Newcastle United: 11
  2. Crystal Palace: 9
  3. Liverpool: 8
  4. Brighton and Hove Albion: 7
  5. Sheffield United: 7
  6. Manchester United: 6
  7. Burnley: 5
  8. Fulham: 5
  9. Leeds United 5
  10. Manchester City: 5
  11. Wolverhampton Wanderers: 5
  12. Aston Villa: 4
  13. Leicester City: 4
  14. Southampton: 4
  15. Arsenal: 3
  16. Chelsea: 3
  17. Everton: 3
  18. West Bromwich Albion: 3
  19. West Ham United: 3
  20. Tottenham Hots: 2

So here’s our final line-up of the unavailable for this season.  There is a contradiction between Bellerin’s May 18 statement and the condition and status reported – but that is what the chart says.

Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Mathew Ryan Other Unable to Face Parent Club 24/05/2021 None Ruled Out
David Luiz Thigh Injury May 18: “Continues to make progress. Working hard with the medical team ahead of Sunday’s match.” 23/05/2021 Late Fitness Test 50%
Hector Bellerin Other May 18: “Sustained bruising to the bone in the lower leg [vs Chelsea]. Working hard with the medical team ahead of the match vs Brighton.” No Return Date None Ruled Out

Here’s the Brighton and Hove injury listing – it is interesting that Tariq Lamptey and Soloman March have exactly the some commentary.  But the main thing we note is that Danny Welbeck won’t be playing.

Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Neal Maupay Suspended May 17: “Charged with a breach of FA Rule E3. Maupay accepted that his language and behaviour was abusive, insulting and improper following his dismissal.” 24/05/2021 None Ruled Out
Solomon March Knee Injury May 17: “In a good place. Starting to run around [but] not with the team. Progressing, so we are quietly positive and optimistic. I think [it’s] going to be pre-season.” No Return Date None Ruled Out
Joel Veltman Calf/Shin/Heel Injury May 17: “Joel it will be too soon for him, so we will be pretty much as we were in the West Ham game.” No Return Date None Ruled Out
Davy Propper Ankle/Foot Injury May 13: “Davy rolled his ankle. This game probably comes too soon.” No Return Date None Ruled Out
Tariq Lamptey Thigh Injury May 17: “In a good place. Starting to run around [but] not with the team. Progressing, so we are quietly positive and optimistic. I think [it’s] going to be pre-season.” No Return Date None Ruled Out
Danny Welbeck Thigh Injury May 21: “Danny has a hamstring injury. Obviously the game is too soon for him. He will take the break for the summer and then try and be back for pre-season.” No Return Date None Ruled Out

The Head to Heads and the dirty lucre 

We’ve only played Brighton and Hove 22 times overall, winning 13, losing just five.  They were founded in June 1901, after two earlier clubs in the area had failed, the club replacing one of those previous ventures in the Southern League.  They reached the top league in 1979 for the first time, and the cup final in 1979,

After difficult times and a couple of stadium moves they moved into the Amex stadium in Falmer in 2011.  But the dominant feature now about Brighton is the state of their finances.

Brighton and Hove Albion borrowed £37 million last November secured against future TV money.  Exactly the messy situation Wolverhampton have got themselves into and they are still struggling to work out how to get out of it.  Brighton’s losses for the last year for which accounts are available were £67.2 million, and it is all guaranteed by the chairman.

As for the reason for their poverty (which is a bit odd since they have a ground that is full for every game), it is the money spent on transfers.

2020/21: Expenditure £25.65m; income from sales: £18.5m

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2019/20: Expenditure £67.45m; income from sales: £7.6m

2018/19: Expenditure £78.50m; income from sales: £12.6m

2017/18: Expenditure £59.85m; income from sales:  under £1m

We have talked a lot about the insanity of Wolverhampton’s position, borrowing against TV money when in fact there is no guarantee that the club will be in the top division for more than another year.  But it seems no one will stop these people spending.

If Brighton or Wolverhampton ever do go down the plug, you might recall you read about it here before most people were mentioning it.

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1 comment to Arsenal v Brighton, the injuries and Brighton’s dodgy finances

  • Les Martin

    1979 ? so I take it you mean a league cup final ? My knowledge is a bit sketchy but werent we in THE FA cup final that year we beat some team from up north.😃

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