Graham Potter feels his squad is in “a good place” after the summer transfer window but has warned his players that they need to perform on the pitch tomorrow afternoon (3pm).

They return to action in the Premier League after the international break at newly-promoted Brentford.

Albion have made their best start to a Prem campaign, picking up six points from a possible nine prior to the break.

Since their defeat to Everton at the Amex at the end of last month, there has been the small matter of a transfer deadline day, which saw the Seagulls finally land long-term target Marc Cucurella and bring in promising striker Abdallah Sima, before loaning him out to Championship high-flyers Stoke.

Potter did not say whether his current side is the best squad he has had at his disposal since joining the club in 2019 with him but cited the fact they have yet to show what they can do on the pitch.

He said: “The goal of the club in terms of the long term is to try to be a top-ten Premier League team and club, but we know that it is very, very challenging.

“What we have to do is keep improving trying to grow as a team and a club.

“I think we have done that in the time that we have been here and as a result of that, I have a lot of confidence and belief in the group that we have.

“I am reluctant to say how good the team is because you have to do it on the pitch. It doesn’t matter what we say now.

“There is all talk of the transfer window and how successful it was but you don’t know until you start playing games.

“All I know is the group is in a good place, with good competition and good options, young players.

“They want to get better and improve a desperate to play for Brighton, so we are in a good place.

“But we have a tough game at the weekend and have to just focus on that, which is where our work is now.”

Potter’s men will face a tough test at the Brentford Community Stadium against a Bees side who, like Albion, are full of confidence.

Thomas Frank’s side are yet to taste defeat in the Premier League, including an opening day win at home against Arsenal.

That has seen them earn praise from many pundits and tipped to be one of the surprise packages this season.

In their opening three matches, they have conceded just one goal with only leaders Tottenham having conceded less and Potter admits he has been impressed by their start to the season.

He said: “They’ve made a really good start. They are unbeaten winning at home and drawing away, and in the manner that they have played.

“I know Thomas from my time at Swansea playing against these Brentford sides. I’ve always found them very tough to play.

“They have changed a little bit in terms of their formation and how they play, but they’re still the same things, like with a great organisation.

“They have done a fantastic job and are really hard to play against hard to score against, the back five do that well.

“They’ve got some clear attacking ideas, so they have made a good start.”

Albion’s long-term aim is to break into the top half of the Prem and become an established top-ten side.

So is their clash with Brentford a must-win game?

Albion’s head coach replied: “No, I don’t see it like that, I don’t see any game like that because every game in a Premier League is so difficult and so complicated.

“Brentford have come up and have a mentality and a belief in what they are doing.

“There is going to be a passionate home crowd. They’ve got players who deserve to be here, they have earned the right to play in the Premier League.

“We as a club as a team, have no right to look at any opposition and think this is a must-win for us.

“Every game is an opportunity to win, but it is also an opportunity to lose as well if you don’t play well and get the rub of the green.

“That’s why the competition is so good.

“You can’t on the one hand say the Premier League is the best league in the world, and then say there are some easy games in there because there are not.

“We know the game will be tough, but we will give it a go.”