Graham Potter left Brighton last season, and everyone thought that they might struggle in the English Premier League. On came Roberto De Zerbi, and he changed everything at the club. Brighton are guaranteed a place in Europe for 2023–24 and is one of the three teams with a 100% record in the league this season.
A lot of players have flourished under him, but none like Solly March. He rose through Brighton’s ranks and is now a key part of their midfield. Having already scored three goals in the first two games, there are a lot of things that could be expected from him this season. Here is a look at how things have changed for him since De Zerbi joined the club.
Consistency in goal-scoring
Solly March has played 177 games in the Premier League and scored 14 goals. Of these 14 goals, nine came under De Zerbi. This is quite remarkable, as the player is showing his worth on the big stage.
Last season, March played 33 games, including 30 under the new manager. He went on to score six goals and create seven for his teammates. Solly March plays on the right wing for the Seagulls. His attacking instinct allows him to get into goal-scoring positions inside the opposition penalty box.
The 29-year-old is a left-footer, and he likes to open his body to place his shots in the far corner. Last season, he made some finishes look so easy. The green dots on the left side were the shots that were placed towards the far corner. His shooting and confidence have improved under de Zerbi.
This season, the player has already found the back of the net three times. He has taken eight shots and six have been on target. March has found space in front of the six-yard box and scored his three goals.
The touch map of the Englishman shows that he is eager to get in the box and wait for a killer pass. Julio Enciso found him twice in front of the goal in the last match. March capitalised on the opportunity and found the back of the net.
Creativity from the right-wing
Solly March created seven goals for his teammates last season. He likes to put in crosses and often finds a teammate in dangerous scoring positions. His decent dribbling ability has also allowed him to beat some opponents.
This season, the player has attempted seven dribbles and successfully completed six. His passing accuracy is a bit low at 70.2%. This is due to the attacking role he plays under De Zerbi.
Brighton fans will expect more from their talent in the upcoming games. They have a busy season ahead and need players like March to play their A-game.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine