How Beram Kayal’s arrival has coincided with Brighton’s revival

Kayal was a January signing from Celtic and has added both energy and athleticism to a previously troubled Brighton midfield.

Brighton and Hove Albion were in a dire situation when Chris Hughton took over at the turn of the year.

The Seagulls were languishing in the bottom three of the Championship and in severe danger of dropping out of a division they had worked so hard to establish themselves in.

Indeed, they were coming off the back of two failed play-off pushes and were expected to go one better by many this time around as Sami Hyypia took over the reins.

However, it did not turn out that way as Brighton collected just three wins in the first half of the season under the former Liverpool defender.

Since Hughton joined the club, they have improved significantly and have claimed some notable scalps along the way including Derby County, Ipswich Town and, most recently, away at FA Cup quarter-finalists Blackburn Rovers.

One reason behind their revival is the January acquisition of Beram Kayal from Celtic, who has added a great deal of energy and drive into their midfield.

Kayal is a box-to-box performer who compliments the likes of holding midfielder Rohan Ince and deep-lying playmaker Danny Holla perfectly.

Since his arrival in the middle of the park, Brighton’s results have picked up and they have added more goals into their team, and Kayal’s stamina and positivity in possession have been huge factors.

He has been an ever-present, making 11 Championship appearances for the club. He has made over two interceptions per game, created a chance per game and won 63% of his take-ons.

Having been relegation candidates for most of the season, Brighton now sit in mid-table with their sights set on an unlikely top-half finish.

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