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De Zerbi: Joao Pedro hands me selection headache!

By James Harding 23 Jul 2023
Joao Pedro, Brighton

Brighton head coach hails Brazilian's debut and lauds the wealth of attacking options at his disposal

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Brighton & Have Albion head coach Roberto De Zerbi praised club-record signing Joao Pedro after the Brazilian scored one goal and assisted another on his debut in the 4-3 defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League Summer Series.

But Joao Pedro's impressive display in Philadelphia leaves the Brighton boss with a selection headache given his wealth of attacking options.

"Joao Pedro is a great player, but with the attackers, we have a lot of great players," De Zerbi told the club's official website.

"The difficulty is to decide the first XI. When you have so many good players, it's difficult to decide.

"It's a good problem, but it's my responsibility."

De Zerbi's comments will be of interest to Fantasy Premier League managers, with Brighton players proving popular due to their favourable early fixtures.

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Kaoru Mitoma (£6.5m) is owned by over 37 per cent of managers, while Evan Ferguson (£6.0m) and Julio Enciso (£5.5m) are both sat in over 10 per cent of squads.

Joao Pedro (£5.5m) is currently a differential, owned by under four per cent of managers.

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Up next for the Seagulls in the Summer Series is a meeting with Brentford on Wednesday in Atlanta.

Brighton begin their Premier League campaign at home to promoted Luton Town on Saturday 12 August.

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