IT’S ONLY A BRIGHT START AT THE AMEX

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

JUST as a sud­den al­ti­tude shift can trans­form the cli­mate from arc­tic to trop­i­cal, the sum­mer break has trans­formed Brighton from rel­e­ga­tion can­di­dates to the Cham­pi­onship pace set­ters.

The 2014-2015 sea­son ap­pears the aber­ra­tion for the Seag­ulls, who reached the play-offs in their two other sea­sons in the sec­ond tier.

Un­der Gus Poyet’s man­age­ment, they were adept at re­cruit­ing Span­ish-speak­ing im­ports, such as Leonardo Ul­loa, and the new ad­di­tions to Chris Hughton’s side have been equally ef­fec­tively mined from across Europe.

Tomer Hemed now has four goals and Uwe Hüne­meier is a fine cen­tre-back bullpen.

Hull have also be­gun the sea­son brightly and, but for be­gin­ning their visit to the Amex Sta­dium in the op­pos­ing man­ner, could have leapfrogged their op­po­nents into the top spot.

Yet it is too early for ei­ther side to be plan­ning for the Premier League.

STAR MAN UWE HUNEM

EIER Brighto

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