WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - February 2012
Albion remain unbeaten in the league in 2012 with
strong month as they sit just one place outside
the play-off positions, with even Gus Poyet now saying
they can challenge for the top six.
The new signings
made during the January transfer window all made an
instant impact and bar the total defensive meltdown at
Liverpool in the FA Cup and the poor performance
hindered by a questionable team selection at home to Millwall, it was a near-perfect month.
That makes February's Player
of the Month poll as wide open as any other so far this
Player of the Month - Gordon Greer (23.35% of the
A bald patch may
be becoming more and more noticeable on the back
of his head, but Albion skipper Gordon Greer
proved that he is no Samson when it
comes to losing his hair affecting his ability
as he claimed his second player-of-the-month
prize. The Seagulls renewed challenge for a
play-off spot has been built on a sound defence
and it seems that no matter who Greer plays
alongside he excels with Gus Poyet quite rightly
now talking about him being easily Premier
League class - with that header off the line at
home to Ipswich being one of the best clearances
seen in a Brighton shirt in a long long time Played
starts). Scored 0.
Second: Adam El-Abd (13.17% of the vote)
Confirmation of the role the defence played in
February arrives in the form
of Adam El-Abd's second place in the voting. He
had a difficult time of it at Anfield when asked
to play at left back in the 6-1 FA Cup mauling
but last years player-of-the-season was
otherwise outstanding in central defence.
Third: Alan Navarro (11.98% of the vote)
The midfielder has re-established himself as a
mainstay of the side since the turn of the year
with a string of impressive displays in front of
the back four, with the icing on the cake coming
with that 90th minute winner away at Leeds - not
a bad way to score your first goal for the club.
- Continues to do a difficult job in a wide
attacking position and still dividing the fans
over what he offers to the team but answered his
critics in the best way possible with a fine
double against Ipswich taking him back to the
top of the clubs scoring charts.
- Continued in February where he had left off in
January with the defence looking far more solid
than it had done. A Jekyll and Hyde performance
at Anfield saw him struggle but save a penalty
but he bounced back with consecutive clean
- Not many holding midfielders go to Anfield and
score twice but he did just that with this two
own goals against Liverpool. Superb otherwise in
the middle of the park, it's not hard to see why
he is attracting interest from the Premier
Will Buckley - Paid the ultimate
compliment by having two men mark him by
Liverpool, he began the month with yet another
late winner against Leicester. Has struggled
slightly with his hamstring since then.
- A testing month for the young centre half saw
him lose his place in the side but he had begun
it in typically impressive form. Scored one of
the best goals that the Kop will see this
season, unfortunately into the wrong net.
- Was asked to do a difficult job at left back
but has since reverted to the centre back
position where alongside Gordon Greer he has
started showing the form that won him player of
the season last time out.
Gordon Greer - The captain had another
superb month at the heart of the defence. Was
immense at Leeds and did well at Liverpool
despite conceding six while had it not been for
his goal-saving header the Ipswich game could
have been very different.
Kazenga LuaLua - Finally given a run of
starts in the side following the absence of both
Buckley and Craig Noone, LuaLua rewarded Gus
Poyet with two trademark free kick goals and
gave Glen Johnson a torrid time at Anfield.
Craig Mackail-Smith -
Being dropped from the side looked like it was
exactly what the record signing needed as he
bounced back with two goals this month, his
firsts since November.
Joe Mattock - Since
Marcos Painter's and Tano's injury troubles,
left back has appeared a problem position but
not any more following the arrival of Joe
Mattock from West Brom, with the defence looking
a lot more balanced in February.
Alan Navarro -
Really began to nail down a regular spot in the
side in February with a string of impressive
midfield displays while his first goal for the
club in the last minute at Leeds will always be
remembered for those lucky enough to partake in
the mental celebrations scenes.
Abdul Razak -
Not hard to see why he is billed as the next
Yaya Toure by Manchester City. Absolutely superb
in his two performances to date, he not only
fits into the Gus Poyet style of football but
looks like the playmaker we have been crying out
for all season.
Reyes - Returned for a second loan spell
from West Brom and along with his teammate
Mattock was bought more solidity to the defence
as well as offering an attacking threat from
Albion fans finally got a glimpse of the Spanish
playmaker in early February and it is fair to
say his two cameo's off the bench were game
changers with assists for both late winners
against Leicester and Leeds. If he can get fit
would be a class above at this level.