The Amex has brought many great things to the plate for Brighton and
Hove Albion. A stadium with an actual roof. The chance to lose two stone in
weight every time you climb to the top of the West Upper. A supporters bar you
have to pay £12 to get into.
Perhaps best of all however is that since moving into that beautiful stadium at
the foot of the Downs, the club have
shown great determination to allow us to watch every single striker who has ever
played professional football by signing them on loan.
Chuba Akpom is the latest in a long line of strikers –
ten to be exact - the
majority of which have been pretty abject. Akpom himself looks terrible (expect
him to score two goals every game from now on).
Struggling to remember all nine? Fear not, for here is a handy guide to the
good, the bad and the Obika…
2011-12 season. 10 games, 0 goals.
We’d love to know what Gus Poyet was smoking
when he spent all summer chasing Billy Paynter
as a Glenn Murray replacement. He eventually
landed his man from Leeds in
October 2011, with a fantastic return of 10
games and zero goals. Frankly it was a surprise
not to see him running at Cheltenham recently.
2011-12 season. 15 games,
His 15 game spell at the Amex was his sixth loan
in three seasons. Signed from Wolves, he managed
three goals in 15 games. Now a Premier League
regular with the Burnley which, if you’d
suggested at some point during his time at the
Albion, would probably have got you sectioned.
2013-14 season. 5 games. 1 goal.
He managed just five substitute appearances for
the sake of one goal. His lack of game time
probably had something to do with the fact he
arrived looking like he’d been to an all you can
eat buffet with Sam Allardyce. Gains positive
points for having the shiniest head of any
in recent memory.
2013-14 season. 8 games. 1 goal.
It seemed hard to comprehend the rumour that he
was signed purely because he was mates with
Nathan Jones. Then he started playing and it
looked extremely plausible given that, if we
were friends with Nathan Jones, then we'd have
put in performances on a par with him. Think
THAT overhead kick.
2013-14 season. 15 games, 3 goals.
The on-loan Manchester United striker helped the
Albion into the play offs before going on to
become a regular at Old Trafford under both
Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. He has even
played for England although
that probably says more about the current state
of English football than him beinga world class
2014-15 season. 5 games, 2 goals.
Sami Hyypia seemed determined to break the world
record for number of players loaned in.
Surprisingly, the only striker he bought in was
Darren Bent who scored twice in five games.
Hyypia was soon gone and Chris Hughton – in a
rare mistake – decided he’d rather sign the next
man on the list…
2014-15 season. 13 games, 0 goals.
Yes, apparently Hughton decided he would rather
have Leon Best than Darren Bent. Rather like
deciding you would rather spend the night with
Edwina Currie than Emma Watson. If you look up
the term “mercenary footballer who will take
money but can’t be bothered”, it would simply
sure a picture of Best.
2015-16 season. 25 games, 5 goals.
One who you could argue was a success given the
importance of the goals he got. Despite that, he
seemed to divide opinion among supporters which
seemed odd given that he bought what many of us
have done in a Sunday League environment into a
televised second tier match, by being sick on
the pitch before kick off.
2016-17 season. 22 games, 15 goals.
Five years after leaving on a free for Crystal
Palace as Poyet didn't rate him, Glenn Murray
returned on loan from Bournemouth. He instantly
showed what we'd been missing for the past half
a decade with 15 goals in 22 games before the
Albion splashed £3m to make him a permanent
Every Arsenal fan we've ever spoken to seems to
think Akpom has “potential”. Well based on what
we’ve seen so far, it’s no wonder they are the
current laughing stock of football. Cue him
getting that promotion winning goal in the 89th minute
What do you make of the
Albion's record when it comes to loaning strikers? Should
they just sign someone permanently? Who is your favourite
and who was the worst of the 10? Share your thoughts with us
with the comments form below.