Brighton's Fati condundrum

Brighton expert view
Brighton expert view

Simon Stone, BBC Sport

Roberto de Zerbi has had the perceived luxury of a midweek without a game following the EFL Cup defeat at Chelsea in September.

It creates space for him to do some work on the training ground after a run which, the historic defeat of Ajax apart, has been disappointing results-wise for Brighton.

It is also the first time De Zerbi has had a full week to work with Ansu Fati.

The on-loan Barcelona man scored a fabulous goal against Ajax to take his overall tally to three.

However, he is yet to start a Premier League game for the Seagulls and the feeling persists De Zerbi is still finding a way to get the player, 21 yesterday, into his starting line-up without disturbing the overall rhythm.

Solving problems like that are part of a manager's job of course. But with a run of winnable domestic fixtures and crucial European matches looming, it would be a major positive if De Zerbi can use this week to find the answer.

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