View: Composed Moises Caicedo is coming of age at Brighton
Brighton produced perhaps the performance of the weekend on Saturday (7 May) as they picked Manchester United to pieces at The Amex.
Graham Potter’s men trampled all over the Red Devils in an exillerating display as Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard all scored in a 4-0 win.
The one to get it all started though was 20-year-old Moises Caicedo who bagged his first goal for the Seagulls having broken into the side in the past month or so.
The Ecuadorian has really come into his own alongside Yves Bissouma at The Amex and Saturday’s demolition of Ralk Rangnick’s men showed exactly what he’s all about.
His first Brighton goal was the epitome of what he is all about as the ball bounced to him well outside the area following a blocked shot by one of his teammates in blue and white.
Even at just 20 years of age, Caicedo had the calmness and clear-mindedness not to just leather the ball as hard as he could through the crowd of bodies but instead stroke the ball low into the corner to give David De Gea no chance.
He regularly picked up similar positions on the edge of the area and the disjointed United midfield never picked him up.
He could have had the chance to score again in the second half had his teammate picked his head up and looked over but he decided to shoot instead which could have prevented Potter’s side from adding to their goal tally.
Away from attacking though, Caicedo’s general awareness of the game is highly impressive for a 20-year-old as he proved on a number of occasions throughout the afternoon.
The way he checks over his shoulder whenever he is about to receive the ball is something a lot of midfield players can learn from and it often means he is rarely caught out upon receiving any pass no matter how good or bad it is.
He has been a sensational addition to the Seagulls’ side recently and his place in the midfield alongside Bissouma is almost untenable now.
In other Brighton news, Potter has made an approach for this Arsenal striking sensation.