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Glenn Murray’s remarkable rise over the last 12 months should not be ignored 

Brighton's veteran striker has been their main source of goals since their promotion to the Premier League

Brighton fans absolutely love Glenn Murray, and who can blame them?

The 35-year-old has been the club’s main source of goals since their promotion to the Premier League, despite being in the twilight of his playing days.

In fact, the only Englishmen to score more goals than Murray this calendar year are seasoned internationals Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy.

That’s pretty impressive, y’know. 


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What’s more, Murray’s netted three times as many Premier League goals this year as pricey ‘big-name’ forwards Alexis Sanchez and Alvaro Morata – proof that the big six are sniffing around the wrong places for goalscorers.

The ultimate goal poacher

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The ultimate goal poacher

But with the likes of Sam Baldock up front, flanked by the previous Championship Player of the Year Anthony Knockaert, nobody expected the Seagull’s main outlet for goals in the Premier League to be Murray back in the summer of 2017 when they were promoted from the Championship.

That all changed with his excellent form in the early weeks of last season when he netted some pretty important goals.

Inspirational at times, he scored four-times in three games before the November international break last year, while his biggest moment came with a brace against West Ham in Brighton’s brilliant 3–0 away win.

He loves a goal against the Hammers, doesn’t he?

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He loves a goal against the Hammers, doesn’t he?

Having previously played for the likes of Crystal Palace and Bournemouth in the top-flight, Murray has the perfect blend of experience with relegation-threatened clubs and an eye for goal.

However, he’d previously struggled to be a potent goalscorer in the top-flight, and was no where near double-figures in his previous seasons in the Premier League.

Aguero? Meh

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Aguero? Meh

But his role in the team and his form in front of goal means he’s suddenly become one the best strikers in the top-flight.

Just don’t talk about him in front of West Ham fans. 

With his goal this evening, he’s now netted six-times against the Hammers, while he’s once again up there with the big boys with five goals to his name already this season.


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