View: Brighton have a box-to-box diamond in Moisés Caicedo
Brighton midfielder Moisés Caicedo has caught the eye so far this season and he produced the perfect midfield display in the Seagulls’ win over Leicester City.
The 20-year-old got on the scoresheet, whilst also displaying his ball playing and defensive ability during Brighton’s 5-2 victory.
Caicedo displayed his eagerness to join in with the offensive side of the game in the first half when he scored a 15th-minute goal.
As the image below shows, the Ecuador international helps start Brighton’s attack by blocking off the Leicester midfielder in the centre of the pitch.
Enock Mwepu identifies the space that is available and drives into the gap.
Caicedo notices that if he makes an off-the-ball run he can cause a three-on-two overload for Brighton in a dangerous area of the pitch.
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He uses his pace and athleticism to move ahead of the Leicester midfielder and drive into the space.
His presence means the Leicester centre-half cannot commit and tackle Mwepu, which allows the Brighton man to get closer to Leicester’s goal.
Caicedo eventually receives the ball from his teammate and demonstrates his excellent finishing ability and fires past Danny Ward.
The image below is just one example of Caicedo demonstrating his defensive awareness in the middle of the Brighton midfield.
He checks his surroundings and knows that the Leicester central defender only has two midfield options that he is able to pass the ball to.
Caicedo then positions himself in between both defenders and anticipates the pass that could potentially be made into the midfield.
He immediately reacts to the ball that is played into the midfield and is aggressive in his tackle on the Leicester City midfielder.
The Brighton midfielder doesn’t stop to admire his good work and instead plays an immediate ball into a more advanced player so that the Seagulls can capitalise on the space that is available out wide.
The examples highlighted are just a small proportion of his excellent work during the fixture at the Amex and if he carries on in a similar vein his stock will only rise further.
The 20-year-old’s early season performances will have the Premier League’s biggest clubs watching intensely.