​It's been a transitional season for Brighton who have undergone radical changes in philosophy. The Seagulls did away with the boring defensive football of Chris Hughton, opting instead for a more possession-based brand under new boss Graham Potter.

While many showed caution in the form of the old chestnut 'be careful what you wish for', Brighton have exceeded expectations under the former Swansea boss, even if it is hasn't been all smooth sailing.

On paper, the Seagulls look in a little trouble. Despite a terrific 2-1 win over relegation rivals Bournemouth in their last outing, Potter's side sit only five points above the drop in 14th and will start to feel the need to look over their shoulders as the season progresses.

The Seagulls could use some January reinforcements to help bolster a fairly small squad, and with the success of the club's summer signings, Brighton fans will undoubtedly be eager for the south coast side to dip into their pockets once again.

Javier Manquillo (Right-Back)

Javier Manquillo

One position where Brighton fall short is at full-back. While Martin Montoya appears to be Potter's number one choice at right-back, there is very little competition for places, with even midfielder Steven Alzate infrequently used in Montoya's absence.

What the Seagulls lack is depth, and Manquillo could provide a rather simple solution. While it would hardly be a signing to get the pulses racing, the Spaniard has plenty of top-flight experience with 79 appearances for Sunderland, Liverpool and ​Newcastle. However, with the 25-year-old's contract expiring in summer, he could be available for peanuts in January.

Manquillo may not be a world-beater, but he is a safe pair of hands, something that Potter could do with in a season of great change.

Borna Barisic (Left Back)

Borna Barisic

In recent weeks, Brighton have been forced in to playing 6'7 centre-half Dan Burn at left-back due to a severe lack of options. While defender Bernardo has just returned to the team, it is yet to be seen how long he can keep his place after failing to flourish in the English top-flight following his move from RB Leipzig.

As a result, ​Brighton should be in the hunt for a long-term left-back, and few remain as underrated on British shores than Borna Barisic. The 27-year-old has been a revelation since joining Rangers from NK Osijek, becoming a valuable asset in Glasgow.

The Croatian has made 12 appearances for his country and is known for his marauding runs down the left-hand side, as well as his stellar crossing ability. Barisic's most recent example was the Gers' 2-1 win over local rivals Celtic, assisting both of the visitors' goals, and he also grabbed four assists in just six Europa League group stage matches...from left-back.

​Jake Livermore (Central Midfielder)

Jake Livermore

It seems strange that Livermore is still playing in the ​Championship, albeit for high-flying West Brom. The 30-year-old has plenty of experience at Premier League level having played chiefly for Hull and the Baggies in the top-flight. But that is not all, Livermore has also made seven appearances for England, something that is not easy when you don't play for a so-called 'big club'.

But once again the midfielder has been thriving with little fuss, making 24 Championship appearances this term and scoring two goals, as well as grabbing three assists. His composure and passing ability has served West Brom well, and could do the same for a Brighton side who are enjoying a lot more possession this term.

While it may be tempting for the former Tottenham man to stick around with promotion favourites ​West Brom, a quick route back in to the big time may be equally as difficult to turn down.

Steven Berghuis (Winger)

Steven Berghuis

Once a failed Watford man, Berghuis' return to his homeland has saved his career. The Dutch international - who has made 15 appearances for the national side - has turned his fortunes around upon his return to the Eredivisie, and not just this season.

The winger scored 12 goals and grabbed 12 assists in the Dutch top-flight last campaign, and has already netted 11 times this term. The 28-year-old could provide the Seagulls with greater width, something they only really enjoy when summer signing Leandro Trossard is available.

Preying on the talents of the Netherlands can often be a cost-effective way of doing business, with the glamour and reputation of the Premier League being a difficult thing to refuse.

Mbwana Samatta (Striker)


After scoring three goals in the Champions League this season, including a header in front of the Kop at Anfield, Samatta's stock rose significantly. The Tanzanian impressed during the competition, but not just with his goals. His blend of pace, power and strength makes him a perfect fit for the ​Premier League, something that will not have gone unnoticed.

Last season the 27-year-old scored 23 times in the Belgian Pro League with Genk and it seems almost inevitable that he will make the move to one of Europe's top five leagues sooner rather than later.

With Glenn Murray winding down his playing days, and Aaron Connolly yet to fully prove himself consistently on the big stage, Samatta could provide excellent depth for Potter's side. The forward would be able to challenge Maupay for a staring berth and would most likely take to the Premier League like a duck to water.

Ollie Watkins (Striker)

Ollie Watkins

Brighton have not been shy to dip in to the Championship for talent. The successful summer signings of Neal Maupay from Brentford and Adam Webster from Bristol City have undoubtedly paved the way for future deals for the best and brightest in the English second tier.

And I'm sorry Brentford fans, but Brighton should pick up where they left off with Maupay and go for Watkins. The 24-year-old has scored 15 goals in 25 Championship games this term, and has helped ​Brentford up to fourth with his impressive tally.

The attacker will not be cheap, but he may be less expensive than signing a tried and tested Premier League star, while still offering good back-up, and competition, for Maupay up top.