We understand Brighton are keeping tabs on Coventry City talisman Gustavo Hamer.
Albion could lose star midfielder Yves Bissouma this summer, with Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and many more all interested in signing the 25-year-old. There is no indication that the Mali international will put pen to paper on a new deal at the Amex Stadium, with his deal set to expire in 12 months.
Therefore, the Sussex side will be keeping tabs on a potential replacement and one such candidate is Coventry’s Hamer, sussex live understand. The 24-year-old has been a standout performer for the Championship side, who have been in the hunt for a play-off spot for much of the season, and could be set for a Premier League chance.
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Brighton may not move for the Brazilian as they have other targets like RC Lens’ Cheick Doucoure, but Hamer, who joined the Sky Blues from PEC Zwolle for just over £1million at summer 2020, could be an option as he is a defensive midfielder. But Leeds United, Celtic, Rangers and Brentford are also said to be monitoring his progress.
To get the inside track on Hamer, who has scored three goals and 10 assists in 39 appearances in the English second tier this season, and whether or not he will sign for Albion, sussex live spoke to the Coventry reporter, Andy Turnfor more information on this.
How has he fared at Coventry this season and did he pick up last season?
Although he scored five goals and had three assists last season, Turner says Hamer is a better player now than he was 12 months ago – and may be too good for this level.
“He’s been brilliant. He’s been voted player of the season by the fans and rightly so. He’s a step above league level and destined to play at a higher level at some point. He’s the one of the first names on the squad roster and a key member of Mark Robins team, and an absolute joy to watch He was quality in his first season but faded slightly in the second half so at In that regard, he pitched because he’s had a fairly consistent campaign in 2021/22,” he said.
When asked if he was good enough for the Premier League, Turner replied: “Certainly.”
What are its strengths and weaknesses?
Turner said Hamer is known for his anticipation, defensive work and passing range. However, discipline might be a bit of a problem for the Brazilian. Bissouma has picked up ten yellows this season, leading to suspensions, so Hamer’s record could be something Brighton consider.
“His strengths are many and include an excellent reading of the game and speed of thinking, constantly striving to steal and intercept the ball on the defensive side of his game. He is also an attacking force who can move forward with the ball , picking a killer pass and improvising in sight.Although he only scored three goals this season, after scoring five the previous season, he had chances to score many more. stopping, especially from corners, is also exceptional,” said Turner.
“His only real weakness is the number of bookings he gets, many of which are unnecessary. He racked up 14 yellows last season, serving suspensions twice during the campaign and narrowly missing out on a final three-match ban for 15 – with Robins even letting him out of the last game of the season to ensure he doesn’t miss the start of the next one.”
He added: “He is described as a deep playmaker, but he is a dynamic central midfielder who can play many roles – holding, attacking, box-to-box. He was played as a winger during his last season at PEC Zwolle.”
Where is its future?
“Coventry are desperate to keep him but they are realistic enough to know that every player has a price. The fans are hoping he stays for another season and if he does it won’t come cheap. After signing a new contract extension recently to take him to 2024, City have some security. As to how much he would cost, it was speculated he was worth around £9-10m,” Turner said.
However, Coventry CEO Dave Boddy has made it clear that the club will “fight” to retain their best players and they will not be soft in the summer transfer window. He admitted there will be a lot of interest in some of their biggest talents in the coming months.
Boddy said, via Coventry Live: “We are not looking to sell anyone. We try to protect them all and I think we showed that ambition by extending their contracts during the season. But if people come knocking, they’ll be overlooked unless they offer the values we think players are worth. And even then, we will fight it.
“But the market dictates what players do sometimes. We’re not looking to sell and will do our best to protect our assets, but we won’t be giving players away, that’s for sure.
If Bissouma stays, Hamer will not join Brighton. If Bissouma leaves, Hamer will still not be able to join Albion. He’s interesting but they say he’s not a priority for Graham Potter’s men. Its price makes it accessible, but the Seagulls can look elsewhere. Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister are potential Bissouma alternatives, but they could try to find a similar player in the coming months.