Gus Poyet - The Striker Files
In case you
didn't know, Brighton and Hove Albion need a striker.
Gus Poyet has been labouring it home all summer
and in particular, during the Cardiff game, when he was
seen to turn around to The Amex directors box and make
the point that with a new centre forward on the pitch we
may not have seen yet another game in which the Seagulls
have failed to score.
From the way
Gus has been carrying on, you'd think that Tony Bloom
was steadfast against signing a centre forward and that
Poyet has had his hands tied behind his back in terms of
recruitment and money, what with the budget being
another one of his favourite tales.
is not true as since Gus rocked up at Withdean in
November 2009 we have signed ten strikers,
spending more than £3m in the process - and the
much-maligned Ashley Barnes has 11 more goals than the
rundown of the good, the bad and the atrocious centre
forwards that Poyet has bought in - none of whom have,
as of yet, turned out to be the goal machine we need.
Let's hope it's lucky number eleven for Gus in the
transfer market if we manage to get another striker in.
£75,000. 2010-2011, 16
appearances 0 goals
The first striker Gus signed, Holroyd arrived
from Cambridge United
in January 2010 having scored 16 goals in 28
games. He played 13 times at the end of 2009-10
and a further 3 times in the League One title
winning season, never scoring a goal for the
club. It's hard to recall a shot on target
either, come to think of it.
2) Ashley Barnes
Four goals in eight games on-loan at the end of
2009-10convinced Gus to part with an undisclosed fee rumoured to be around £100,000.
Scored 20 goals as a regular in the side that
won League One and ended last season top scorer
with 14. Arguably the best of the ten despite
still not convincing a large number of fans.
3) Fran Sandaza
2010-2011, 19 appearances 4 goals
The man who looked like a horse arrived on a
free from Dundee United and quickly
made a name for himself as a scoring sub,
notching 4 times in 19 appearances. Has since
returned to Scotland and become a goal machine,
joining Steve Thomson and Graeme Smith in the
"good in Jockoland, crap for Brighton" annals.
4) Torbjorn Agdestein
2010-, 6 appearances 0 goals
Arrived for a nominal fee from Stord IL in 2010,
he scored a number of goals in the development
squad before being given a handful of first team
chances off the bench last season. Should be
involved more this time around with the return
to 7 subs, he is still waiting for his first
start and goal 2 years after arriving in England.
5) Chris Wood
2010-11, 31 appearances 9 goals
New Zealand international Wood spent from
November until the end of the 2010-11 season
on-loan, scoring 9 goals in 31
appearances - a decent return for a
19-year-old. Gus did not believe him to be the
answer however as loan spells at Birmingham and
Bristol City last season suggest he could have
been bought back.
6) Will Hoskins
2011-, 9 Appearances 1 goal
The Albion's record signing when he
arrived for £500,000 having scored 20 goals for
Bristol Rovers in 2010-11. Scored on
his debut at Cardiff but since then has become
more familiar with the treatment table and
Bramall Lane than The Amex having been largely
injured or out on loan to Sheffield
United after just six months.
7) Roland Bergkamp
2011-, 0 appearances 0 goals
Yes, he does exist. And yes, he is still a
Brighton player as far as
anybody knows. The Dutch under-21 international
arrived from Excelsior where he scored 8 goals
in 56 games before a free transfer move to The
Amex, with his only taste of first team action
in England being 3 games out on loan at Rochdale.
8) Craig Mackail-Smith
2011-, 52 appearances 10 goals
The Albion's record signing arrived from
Peterborough for £2.5m having scored 33 times
and claimed the League One player-of-the-season
award in 2010-11. He scored five times in his
first nine games at the club before managing
just five more goals all season from September
onwards in a difficult first campaign at The
9) Billy Paynter
Loan. 2011-12, 10 appearances 0 goals
Barn Door Billy was a total and utter waste of
space during his ten games in the stripes as he
failed to score once while on-loan from Leeds.
It was a lucky escape as Gus had been after the
striker for some time and he had rejected a
permanent move to The Amex on August 2011
transfer deadline day. Thank God.
10) Sam Vokes
2012, 15 appearances 3 goals
Another loaned striker, Vokes fared better than
Paynter netting 3 times in 15 appearances in the
second half of the 2011-12 season. He was signed
by Burnley this summer for a fee rumoured to be
around £350,000 which suggests he was another
player that Poyet felt wasn't up to it following
his temporary switch.
What do you think of Gus
Poyet's record when it comes to signing strikers? Do you
think he will get it right next time? Who is your favourite
of the players he has signed? Let us know your views with
the comments box below.