Adam Lallana’s decision to reject a move to Leicester in favour of joining Brighton has left pundit Paul Robinson stunned.
The 32-year-old was out of contract at Liverpool after joining in 2014 from Southampton. He returns to the south coast having agreed a lengthy, three-year contract with the Seagulls.
Brighton boss Graham Potter told the club’s official website: “Adam is a really exciting signing for us. He’s someone I’m sure the supporters will be really looking forward to seeing play.
“To have both his experience and quality out on the pitch will be a great addition for us. I know he will be an excellent role model for our younger players in the squad.”
During his early years at Liverpool, Lallana was one of the first names on the teamsheet under Brendan Rodgers. Injuries and a loss of form saw him lose his way under Jurgen Klopp. Indeed, he only made 22 appearances in all competitions for the Reds this season.
Given the role he played under Rodgers, Robinson is shocked that Lallana didn’t opt for a move to the Foxes.
“I was surprised he did not go to Leicester,” Robinson told Football Insider. “Lallana is a fantastic player.
“He has been frustrated by his lack of first team opportunities and at his age you want to play football.
“The way that Brighton play suits him. Tidy football that can allow him to make his forward runs.
“I saw the Leicester move happening because of the link with Brendan Rodgers and his form under Rodgers when he played under him.
“At the same time you can see why the Brighton move has come off. It’s a great place to live and a football club that plays the way he likes. He will be a key player to Graham Potter’s plans next season.”
Ben White posts Leeds goodbye
Brighton will hope to have Ben White in their defence this forthcoming season after his stunning season with Leeds.
The 22-year-old was an ever-present for Marcelo Bielsa’s side as they secured promotion back to the Premier League.
Leeds are hopeful of bringing White back in a permanent deal, but he is Brighton’s player and Potter has made his feelings clear.
White wrote on Instagram: “Having had some time to reflect on what has been the most incredible season, I wanted to take the time to thank everyone associated with Leeds United Football Club, including the incredible supporters.
“No matter what happens from here I will never forget the way you took me in and treated me as one of your own from day one.
“These memories and experiences will be with me forever.”