Brighton and Hove Albion will want to bring in a few more players before the end of the transfer window to equip Chris Hughton with the squad he needs to stay up.
They remain short of quality and they need to address that, otherwise, it could be a long season for the newly-promoted club. One player that looks likely to arrive is Davy Propper as the Daily Mail report a move is close.
Talks between the Seagulls and PSV Eindhoven are progressing well and a transfer could be completed before the start of the Premier League next weekend. The report states that the fee will be £3.5 million, which would be a bargain in the current climate.
However, ed.nl report that the fee will be around €15 million. This seems a fairer reflection of his value. Regardless of the confusion over the fee, it does appear that the midfielder is set for the Amex Stadium and that is a welcome boost as the competitive action draws nearer.
Where has he been?
The 25-year-old has spent the entirety of his career so far in the Netherlands, as he has played for Vitesse Arnhem and PSV Eindhoven. It might be surprising to learn that he hasn’t left the Eredivisie yet, as the best players often move on at an earlier stage of their career.
Propper’s development has been a slower one, but he has established himself as an important player for two different clubs and earned a handful of caps for the national team. The midfielder has a lot of ability and he has benefited from staying in his homeland, but it now seems like the right time to test himself in a new environment.
What is his style of play?
Propper has excellent technical skills, as would be expected of a player that has gained all of his experience in a league such as the Eredivisie. The clubs expect their players to be good on the ball and reliable in possession, which the 25-year-old is.
In possession, the midfielder looks to be positive and play the ball forward at every opportunity. There are few better in tight spaces than the PSV man, as he can quickly turn away from an opposition player or play a defence-splitting through ball that others wouldn’t have even tried to attempt.
A side to his game that isn’t true of all Dutchman is his work rate and drive when his team doesn’t have the ball. Propper runs himself into the ground for his team and is capable of thriving when it comes to the ugly part of the game, as shown by last season’s average of 2.9 ball recoveries per game. He is a complete midfielder, capable of contributing in both halves of the pitch and that is what Brighton need if they are to successfully play with a 4-4-2 formation.
Would he be a good signing for Brighton?
Absolutely. If this transfer goes through, it could be looked back on as one of the signings of the summer. Propper has been one of the key men for PSV and helped them retain the Eredivisie title during the 2015/16 season.
During his two seasons with the club, he has performed well in the Champions League and proven himself as a player capable of performing at the highest level. His contribution of six goals and seven assists last season shows that he offers a threat in attack, while his work rate means that he offers more than just that. The Seagulls need to add more quality and signing Propper certainly does that.