Aaron Mooy Leaves Brighton & Hove Albion to Join Shanghai SIPG

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Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed the departure of Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy, who has joined Chinese club Shanghai SIPG.

Aaron Mooy Leaves Brighton & Hove Albion

Leaving After One Season

The Australian leaves the Amex Stadium after just one season.

Mooy initially joined Brighton on loan last summer. However, after an impressive first six months, the move was made permanent in January.

The box-to-box midfielder proved to be a useful addition in the centre of Graham Potter’s midfielder. He averaged three shot-creating chances per game, and ended the season with a pass completion rate of 76.7%. Mooy proved to be a focal point in Potter’s aims to try and get Brighton to become a possession-based side.

However, the Seagulls will have to do without the 29-year-old in the forthcoming season. Speaking about Mooy’s departure to the official Brighton website, Potter said: “Aaron has been an excellent professional during his time with us. From day one with us he fitted in really well.

“It’s a good move for all parties. We have a number of really good players in that position and therefore Aaron goes with our blessing.

“I have really enjoyed working with him, and on behalf of everyone at the club I would like to thank him for his contribution and wish him well for the future.”

A Big Loss for Brighton? Or the Right Time to Move On?

While Mooy proved to be an important player for Brighton last season, it may be the right time for him to move on.

The Seagulls have already added to their midfield this summer with the arrival of Adam Lallana from Liverpool. He will no doubt fill the creative void that Brighton will miss in Mooy.

Furthermore, as stated by Potter, the South Coast side have a plethora of central midfielders, meaning he may not have been first choice this season.

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