WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - January 2013
Much like 12 months ago, the
Albion welcomed in the new year by putting a
disappointing December behind them with a much improved
There were three wins to kick off the month
including a 2-0 success over Premier League Newcastle
and the Seagulls were oh-so-close to claiming what would
have been a deserved replay against Arsenal in the FA
The only poor performance of the five matches came
away at Blackburn but thankfully Spanish Dave was on
hand to rescue a point with yet another successful
penalty conversion - this time coming with virtually the
last kick of the game.
Player of the Month - Liam Bridcutt (72.04% of the
unprecedented third Player of the Month award in
a row for Liam Bridcutt as he swept home. The central midfielder
excelled in an unbeaten month including looking
extremely at home in both the Albion's FA Cup
encounters with Premier League opposition,
leading Gus Poyet (never one to get carried
away) to say that he could play for Real Madrid.
Arguably the best piece of business the club did
during the January transfer window was holding
onto the star man who must surely be a shoe-in
to claim the player of the season crown as well.
6 (6 starts, 0
sub). Scored 0.
Second: Andrea Orlandi (21.67% of the vote)
The midfielder signed from Swansea really came
into his own in his fifth month at The Amex.
There was a class finish against Newcastle in
the FA Cup which was followed a week later by
another goal in the win over Derby County as he
showed what a tidy player he is for the Albion.
Third: David Lopez (20% of the vote)
great month for Spanish Dave that saw him score
a thumping volley at Birmingham, a last minute
equaliser from the penalty spot at Blackburn and
to top it all off trend on Twitter. He oozed
class at right back against Newcastle and has
quickly become a popular player at The Amex.
- Had his best month of the season after
returning from a spell on the subs bench. Scored
three times - against Derby when used as a
central striker and away at both Birmingham and
home to Arsenal in his more customary left sided
- The best bit of business Gus Poyet did in the
January transfer window was keeping the
defensive midfield player who ran the games
against both Newcastle and Arsenal to show he
wouldn't look out of his depth in the Premier
- Showed his Premier League quality with a
commanding display against what was admittedley
a third-rate Newcastle side as well as getting
on the score sheet in trademark fashion at
Dean Hammond - Set the Albion on their
way to victory with a goal at Ipswich and the
Southampton loanee has continued to impress
after getting a steady run of games in the
centre of midfield.
Kuszczak - His first true howler in Brighton
colours cost the side victory at Birmingham but
he bounced back with a points-earning display at
Blackburn and continues to be one of the key
players - what might have been if he had played
- Another excellent month for Spanish Dave who
excelled at right back against Newcastle, scored
a thumping volley at Birmingham and even trended
on Twitter after his last minute penalty away at
- The man who now makes the centre of the
Brighton midfield tick. Scored a class goal
against Newcastle and added another a week later
against Ipswich. He has settled in to become a
key playmaker in recent weeks.