Albion are club on the up but that is not just down to Graham Potter’s men.

The Seagulls sit sixth in the Premier League after picking up nine points out of a possible 12, Hope Powell’s side are top of the WSL following their 5-0 rout of Birmingham at St Andrews on Sunday, Albion’s U23s sit second in the BPL 2 and just behind leaders Manchester City on goals scored, while the U18s are sixth in the Premier League South.

That represents an impressive start for the club in general but given they are so early into all the campaign many fans will say it’s too early to get it excited.

However, what the early form represents is the investment that chairman Tony Bloom has made in the club and how it is paying off.

He has invested over £100 million into facilities with the Amex and the Elite Performance Centre in Lancing.

That is without the numerous amount of money they have invested in players over the years for the senior squad in particular, but also the money invested in the women’s team and the academy sides.

Bloom was in attendance on Saturday at the Brentford Community Stadium among the travelling Albion fans as he saw his boyhood club secure a late 1-0 win thanks to Leandro Trossard.

Powell’s side has also benefitted from the support and investment they have received from Bloom and Albion, including most recently with the new women’s hub which they moved into last week.

The top-class facilities which include state-of-the-art pitches and recovery pools certainly seem to have worked the trick as just five days after moving into their new home at the training ground they put five past Birmingham.

That victory means the Seagulls sit top of the WSL after making a 100% start to the campaign, scoring seven goals and are only side in the division yet to concede a goal.

Unfortunately for Powell’s side there is now an international break, meaning they will have to wait until Sunday, September 26 to build on their impressive start to the campaign, as they host Aston Villa at The People's Pension Stadium.

Andrew Crofts U23s have also made an impressive start to the campaign and like Powell’s side are unbeaten so far in this campaign.

From their opening four league games they have won three and drawn one and one player has caught the eye with his performances.

Striker Evan Ferguson has netted in all four of their league games so far this season, despite being just 16.

He also made his senior debut for Albion last month in their win over Cardiff in the Carabao Cup after coming off the bench.

His form last season and so far this campaign earnt him his first call-up for Republic Of Ireland’s U21s meaning he is not only playing five years above his age group but was also the youngest member of Jim Crawford’s squad.

Despite his age and it being his first time with the U21s Crawford admitted Ferguson did not ‘look out of place’ and was ‘excited’ for what the striker can achieve in the future.

The U18s have their own star striker like Ferguson who has been integral to their start to the season.

17-year-old Zak Emmerson, who joined the Seagulls from Oldham in July 2020, has impressed during his time at the club so far.

In his debut campaign for the U18s he netted 11 goals in 16 matches as they finished third in the Prem South.

Emmerson has picked up where he left off last season so far in this campaign, scoring six goals in their opening four league games, scoring two hat-tricks with the most recent coming on Saturday in their 3-1 win over Norwich.

He is yet to have receive a call-up to England’s under-age sides but given his  form he may not be far off getting international recognition.

The similarities between Ferguson and Emmerson is that they have played senior men’s football before joining Albion at Bohemians and Oldham respectively.

They may have not scored in the small number of senior appearances they made but the valuable experience they would have gained might explain why they are playing beyond their years.