Our South American saviour has been with us for a year now, and what a difference a year can make.
As I sit here at my desk on my lunch break I am left to contemplate how far Brighton and Hove Albion as a club have progressed under Poyet. The stadium at Falmer is so close to being complete, it even has a sponsor, the team has changed dramatically not just in terms of playing staff but in style of play, we’re no longer letting in comedy goal after comedy goal and, most importantly we are top of the league.
So what have been the key game breaking decisons that have tipped the balance from hapless League One misfits to table topping soccerists? Well in a previous article I have eluded to the importance of the full backs in our attacking play, find me two better in League One I dare you. I have also mentioned the influence of experienced signings such as Gordon Greer and Radostin Kishishev or the replacement of contract rebel Nicky Forster, at the time the clubs leading scorer with rookie Ashley Barnes, who now this seasons top scorer.
But it’s the way players which have been retained have changed their game, Elphick and El Abd no longer look like they are going to make a crucial mistake when they are anywhere near the ball, Dicker owns the midfield, Navarro was superb up untill his injury and Murray is a handfull. The whole squad are true pros who accept that the manager will pick the side best suited to take on the opposition and in no way is it a reflection on their previous performances.
It seems that everything Gus touches turns to gold, there will come a time when there will be a poor run of form but even when that occurs there really is no one else other than Gus that Brighton fans want in charge.