Albion will ignore external pressure to make what might have to be their biggest ever signing in the middle of an unprecedented financial crisis.

Head coach Graham Potter offered his clearest pointer yet that those two extremes might prove impossible to bridge before the transfer window closes.

The Seagulls visit a Newcastle side not lacking in attacking options tomorrow as they kick off their away fixtures for the season.

They do so encouraged by much of their showing on opening night at home to Chelsea.

So much so that, injuries permitting, it is very conceivable that they go with an unchanged starting XI.

That is despite several players doing all they could to make a statement in the 4-0 win over Portsmouth on Thursday.

Alexis Mac Allister, who did not even make the 18 against Chelsea, shone with his first goal for the club.

But Alireza Jahanbakhsh took star billing with his assist for the Argentinian followed by a superb strike of his own.

Potter has mentioned Jahanbakhsh before as one of four players who can score more goals this season, along with main strikers Neal Maupay and Aaron Connolly plus Leandro Trossard.

Given that Mac Allister did not net in the bit we saw of him last season, he will be another who can produce more.

Albion have been linked with loan and permanent signings, a few of whom have now get fixed up elsewhere.

Young Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun and Liverpool’s European champion Divock Origi, at Liverpool, have been rumoured as loan targets but The Argus understands neither has been discussed.

External pressure for a new face is, it is understood, not matched by the feeling among top men at the club.

They would love to strengthen if the right player came at the right time and the right price.

But there is no sense of panic and no intention to make a signing they are not 100% sure about.

Finances are biting - with no sign as to when things will look up.

The thought process within the club is that Albion have to be very cautious over signings at the best of times – and these are the worst of times.

Potter backed that up as he told reporters: “We have been through quite tough economic challenges recently and I’m not sure we are out of the woods yet.

“We need to be responsible in terms of what we are doing. That influences some of our decision-making.

“At the same time we will be looking - but nothing to report.

“The biggest focus is improving the players we have.”

Asked whether he would be happy with what he has if no striker comes in before deadline, Potter replied: “Absolutely, yes.”

That is not what many fans will have wanted to hear.

Financial reality does not seem to have bitten in some Premier League quarters but Albion might now need to look for a return on big investments made in previous summers.

Jahanbakhsh developed into a great goalscorer in the Dutch league but has become a (very) occasional scorer of great goals here.

Potter said: “I think it would be nice for him to score some more simple goals because the ones he’s scoring at the moment aren’t so easy to replicate.

“That would be good for him and good for us if we can get him to that point where he’s getting more straightforward goals.

“But he also has the quality to score the type of goals that we’ve seen.

“He’s a player that I think he’s improved a lot since when we came in.

“I think his progress has been really, really good.

“He’s pushing for a start. He’s a great lad. We hope we can see him on the pitch and he can help us.”

Jahanbakhsh came with the pressure of being a record signing.

It is probably fair to say he is not over-burdened by fans’ expectation these days.

Potter said: “I was aware of course of the signing and all that goes around that.

“When we came he was a little low in confidence, not quite sure of his role and just adapting to the league and the country.

“We forget that there is a big challenge in that when you come from a different league and a different country.

“You have to settle, and maybe things didn’t go well for him and for the team and that can affect confidence.

“But over the year he has got stronger, he has got better, he is improving and I really like him as a guy and I think he can help us on the pitch.”

Potter spoke about Viktor Gyokeres still being of interest after scoring against Pompey.

For now, that will be off the bench or in cup ties at best.

He did not exactly terrify League One defenders on Thursday but he worked hard as lone striker, did okay and ended his evening with a very proficient finish.

Potter said: “I think he has got attributes that are different. It’s not the easiest to play up front on his own, which was the role he was asked to do.

“I thought he kept going, he got his rewards at the end.

“He is learning but he has still got qualities that I think we can use.

“He is one of those will keep assessing where he is at and make the right decision for him in terms of his development.

“But he has been good in the group and we are pleased with him.”

Gyokeres is not yet the answer in the Premier League.

No one player is the answer on hs own.

But it seems the answer may well have to come from within.