Why Brighton should quickly snap up free agent Danny Simpson
According to a report from Brighton and Hove Independent, Brighton and Crystal Palace are keen to sign free agent Danny Simpson.
Danny Simpson, 32, was released by Leicester City at the end of last season after five long years at the King Power Stadium. He was an integral part of the Foxes’ historic Premier League-winning campaign back in 2016.
The report claims the right-back wants to remain in the Premier League, but he is also considering a move to Major League Soccer in America. With over 200 games of English top-flight experience, the 32-year-old can certainly do a good job at both Brighton and Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace lost one of their key cogs in Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United during the summer transfer window. Joel Ward is the club’s only senior right-back and signing Simpson would give the 29-year-old some much-needed competition this season.
Brighton, meanwhile, lost club legend Bruno at the end of last season but Martin Montoya has performed well at right wing-back for Graham Potter’s side in the opening Premier League fixtures. With Ezequiel Schelotto still recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury, options are limited at the Amex.
Simpson’s style of play would be more suited to Potter’s system than that of Hodgson’s at Palace and hence, Brighton must quickly snap up the ex-Leicester City defender.
Potter, who replaced Chris Hughton at the Amex at the end of last season, wants his Brighton side to play with three defenders and wing-backs. His 5-4-1 and 3-4-3 system have worked well in the first two games of the season, with wing-backs Martin Montoya and Solly March offering the width for the Seagulls.
If March gets injured or is suspended, Potter has the option of turning towards Bernardo. But in Montoya’s case, the Brighton manager will need to reshuffle his system as he doesn’t have a natural replacement on the bench. That’s when the signing of Simpson would make sense.
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As an English Premier League winner just three years ago, Simpson still has something to offer despite turning 32 earlier this year. There is no shortage of experience and he could prove to be a decent player to compete with Montoya for the right wing-back position.
Hence, for free, moving for Simpson is an absolute no-brainer for Potter and Brighton.