The ice has been broken. Ansu Fati made his Premier League debut in Brighton's 3-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday. He did so in the 64th minute, replacing Adam Lallana, playing behind Danny Welbeck, the reference in attack. He made a good impression, was involved and André Onana denied him the icing on the cake with a fine save to prevent Roberto De Zerbi's side's fourth goal late on.
Ansu was able to see that being a first-choice starter is difficult in this attractive Brighton side, and the competition ahead of him is fierce. However, the fixture list that the Seagulls have to face -- including the Europa League -- ensures minutes for Ansu, who, thanks to his talent and versatility, can make a permanent place in the XI.
Against United, he played inside, behind the striker, and everything points to him playing in that role for most of the season. Although he left Old Trafford without the prize of a goal, he left a good impression and demonstrated his ability to read the game and generate danger, even without touching the ball.
He was one of those who moved best, making good use of the spaces and putting in good balls. In the action of João Pedro's goal, Brighton's definitive goal, it was born from his unmarked run to the far post that dragged a United defender and created the necessary space for the Brazilian's shot.
The former Watford man Pedro will be his main competitor for the role behind the striker. The Seagulls' most expensive signing of the summer has been a standout performer for De Zerbi and has already scored two goals in five games. Adam Lallana, an experienced player with 270 Premiership appearances to his name, will also be important this year.
Not to be forgotten is Julio Enciso. TheRead on m.allfootballapp.com