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Transfer Window Round Up - January 2013

It finally happened. Brighton and Hove Albion have finally signed a striker who won't end up with the nickname Barn Door 18 months after Glenn Murray packed his bags and upped sticks to Palace.

And speaking of Palace, the big outgoing was to our rivals up the M23 as just three months after arriving at The Amex, Stephen Dobbie is off already. That was money well spent then Gus from your oh-so-small budget.

Other than that it's been a relatively quiet window, keeping with Poyet and Tony Bloom's favour of not doing business at this time of year with just three players in and three going out - two of whom weren't even giving squad numbers for the season.

So here is our review of the transfer business that could make or break the season:

OUT:
Stephen Dobbie - Crystal Palace
Money well spent this one as after arriving on the last day of the summer window, Dobbie is off after just two goals in 15 games. The destination? Crystal Palace to help with their promotion push in a loan deal that will become permanent at the end of the season. Great work from all concerned.
Romain Vincelot - Leyton Orient
The utility man has been surplus to requirements this season since the move to seven subs meant his adaptability wasn't needed on the bench. Released on the last day of the window, he has linked up with Russell Slade at Leyton Orient after 15 games and a solitary goal in 2011/12.
Matt Sparrow - Crawley Town
Much like Vincelot, the midfielder found himself frozen out this season not even being given a squad member. A popular member of the 2010/11 League One title winning side, he weighed in with his fair share of goals in his two seasons including two Amex screamers against Southampton a year ago.
 
IN:
Leonardo Ulloa - Almeria
Could be the deal that is the difference between Premier League and Championship football next season. After 18 months, Poyet finally has the striker he has been asking for with the arrival of the Argentine target man from Almeria. He marked his debut with a goal against Arsenal.
Matt Upson - Stoke City
England's top scorer at the 2010 World Cup arrives on loan from Stoke looking for a game time. Whether he would have been signed were it not for Gordon Greer's injury we'll never know but a vastly experienced signing who could prove invaluable for the run in.
Vitalijs Maksimenko - Skonto Riga
Latvian under-21 left back who despite his credentials as Skonto Riga's reigning Player of the Season has been bought in for the development squad. Unlikely we'll see much of him this season but could become key next year with Wayne Bridge and Marcos Painter's futures both up in the air.

Positives:

Negatives:

Rating:

  • A striker. That makes it the best transfer window in some time - especially with that debut goal.
  • Lewis Dunk has his off the field problems so bringing in Matt Upson to make it three class centre backs.

  • Looking to the future. Latvia may not be the best side in the world but Vitalijs Maksimenko looks an interesting prospect.
  • Loaning Dobbie to Palace could backfire if he ends up being the man to fire them to promotion.
  • With Vicente unsurprisingly side lined, we could have done with a little more creativity.
  • Liam Bridcutt remains the key player. We lack cover for him should injury or suspension strike.

 

8.7
/10

Do you think the Albion's work in the transfer window will make a difference to the season? Which signing are you most excited about? Let us know by using the comments form below.

 


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