By Jonty Banks

15th Nov, 2022 | 2:10pm

View: Impressive Levi Colwill gives Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi selection dilemma

Brighton defender Levi Colwill hopes his performances against Arsenal and Aston Villa have given Roberto De Zerbi a selection dilemma after the World Cup break.

The 19-year-old, who joined The Seagulls on loan from Chelsea in the summer, started consecutive games for the first time this season and impressed in the heart of the defence alongside Lewis Dunk.

Against Emery’s men, the centre-back dominated throughout, winning six of his eight aerial duels, notching up five clearances and not being dribbled past once.

After the match, he told Brighton’s club website: “I am trying to give them [the coaching staff] a selection problem, that’s what every player wants to do.

“Every time I get a chance I need to try and take it with two hands and keep working hard.

“The tough aspect has been learning new playing styles, a new manager coming in, things like that. But it’s going to help in the future so I can’t complain.

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“Once you get your head around how the manager wants to play, it helps you understand why he does it and how it works. You’ve got to respect it.”


Against Villa at the weekend, Colwill barely put a foot wrong, dominating his aerial battles and looking really solid in possession. He had the chance to cap off a memorable match when he was left unmarked in the Villa six-yard box in the dying minutes, but he spooned his header agonizingly over the bar.

With Adam Webster missing through injury and the youngster preferred to Joel Veltman – who was left on the bench on Sunday – there could be a chance for the former Huddersfield Town loanee to break into the starting XI on a more regular basis.

Brighton boss De Zerbi is just starting to impose his philosophy at his new club, with clutch wins over Arsenal, Chelsea and Wolves.

The classy central defender suits Brighton’s possession-orientated style of play perfectly and his tall physique also adds an areal threat on both attacking and defensive set-pieces with Adam Webster out injured.

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