Brighton & Hove Albion defender Adam Webster has signed a new five-year deal at the club.
This new contract replaces the existing four-year deal that Webster signed when he joined the Seagulls from Bristol City in 2019.
Adam Webster Signs New Deal at Brighton
Albion are delighted to confirm @AdamWebster31 has signed a new five-year contract! ✍️
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) August 2, 2021
A Key Defender
Webster has been a key part of the Brighton side since his arrival two summers ago. His influence is going to be needed more than ever now following the departure of Ben White to Arsenal.
The 26-year-old has made 60 Premier League appearances across his two seasons with the club, scoring four goals in that time.
Brighton have no plans of rushing to bring in a replacement for White at this stage, despite the £50 million sum they received for him.
It means that Webster and Lewis Dunk will have added responsibility next season. Brighton manager Graham Potter regularly used a back three of White, Webster and Dunk, so it will be interesting to see the direction he goes in for the 2021/22 season.
Webster’s preferred position is on the left of a back three, so the departure of White may see increased involvement for Joel Veltman or the bedding in of a younger player.
After two seasons of solid involvement at Brighton, Webster will feel that the next stage of his natural progression will be to ask the question of an England call-up to Gareth Southgate.
That will especially be the case having seen the rapid rise of White, who only had his first full season at Brighton in 2020/21, which earned him a late call-up to England’s Euro 2020 squad and thus the big-money move to Arsenal.
In an interview with The Athletic, Webster expressed those desires, saying: “I knew that just before I got injured, I was playing really well and we started to pick up more points to move away from the drop zone,” Webster says in the feature interview, which you can read below.
“I don’t know how close I was or how close I would have been if I’d stayed fit but that’s the dream, to play for England.
“I played better last season compared to my first season and I want to do that again, that gives me the best chance of trying to break into the England squad.”