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I’ll tell you what, this game has been pretty terrible, but who is number ten for Brighton? I don’t think I’ve seen him play before. It looks tasty ‘.
Don’t get twisted: Brighton’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa was by no means a Premier League classic. The skill of both sides was there for all to see, but it turned out nothing.
The Seagulls dominated most of the game, although their pretty game patterns were poor. Sounds familiar, right?
Aston Villa’s star players like Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins were well subdued by the hosts, with a point each appearing to suit both sides.
There was room for some players to impress. Brighton’s pairing Yves Bissouma and Pascal Gross were combative in central midfield, as was Villa’s John McGinn, while Emiliano Martinez was in good shape, making several saves to keep the game scoreless.
But in all honesty, none of the above have the same interesting backstory as Alexis Mac Allister, the Argentine international, yes that’s correct, of Scottish and Irish descent who has been given a bigger role in Brighton this season. . So that’s what the post-game shot is all about.
The Graham Potter site is full of nice and neat attacking players. Gross and Adam Lallana have their cute moves and turns and Leandro Trossard has an excellent shot from range, but Mac Allister offers more driving force behind Brighton’s attack.
Of course, Saturday night nothing came of those promising moments, but the heartening performances have been there to watch in recent weeks.
He established the winner in Leeds in mid-January and was also involved in Steven Alzate’s triumph against Blackpool in the FA Cup. Mac Allister missed the historic victory at Liverpool, but was present and impressive during the 1-0 win over Tottenham.
He played an important role in setting up the only goal of that game and his influence on the team is growing game by game.
The 22-year-old operated just behind Neal Maupay and Trossard on Saturday night and was brilliant in possession, always showing the ball in the last third and making more shots (six) than any other player.
Unfortunately, he was unable to help his team achieve the revealing game-winning trailer. Brighton comfortably outscored Villa, recording 26 shots against all four of the visitors, but as has been the case so often on the south coast side this season, their lack of clinical finish disappointed them.
Mac Allister is certainly not blameless there. He took on most of the attack load and ultimately came up short, but his performance again hinted at currently untapped potential. He has made two appearances for Argentina so far, both in 2019, so it is clear that he is highly qualified in his homeland after a few seasons in the Primera División.
Some unexpected victories have pushed Brighton out of the relegation zone, and none of Sheffield United, Fulham or West Brom seem good enough to close that gap that has been created. Regardless, players like Maupay, Trossard, and Mac Allister must start converting those opportunities created by Potter’s side.
Mac Allister certainly has the most mysterious aura around him. If you can add any end products to those labyrinthine races and moments of inspiration, Brighton may have unearthed a gem.
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