Transfer Window Round Up - January 2014
Jones isn't happy. The majority of fans aren't happy.
WeAreBrighton.com aren't particularly happy. To all intents
and purposes this transfer window has if anything weakened
the Albion. Not good with a play off battle ahead.
three proven Championship players who were mainstays of the
side that won League One and adapted to live in the second
tier with such ease.
come four new signings, one for the development squad, one
who has never played in England before and one who is a
comedy figure to Tottenham fans and is now on his tenth loan
spell with none of them being an overwhelming success.
we'll hear the usual excuse about Financial Fair Play etc
but the fact that we had big money bids turned down for the
likes of Lewis Grabban shows that money is there to spend.
If it wasn't, we wouldn't have been able to meet his £1.1m
release clause. That money remains presumably unspent.
transfer window then for counting the beans - particularly
with the sale of Bridcutt - but it appears to have been an
awful one in terms of aiding Oscar's bid for promotion.
who came in and out in January 2014:
Liam Bridcutt - Sunderland
This really was a case of when rather than if.
When Gus Poyet was in charge at The Amex he said
Bridcutt could play for Real Madrid so it is no
surprise he has taken him to Sunderland. A club
record of fee of around £3m with the disappointment
offset by the emergence this season of Rohan Ince.
Ashley Barnes - Burnley
The ultimate Marmite player who some will be
happy to see go and others not. No doubt he repaid
his £100,000 signing on fee with his goals and hard
work when often asked to play wide. The fact we sold
him to a play off rival remains baffling.
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- Bristol City
The arrival of Matt Upson
heralded the end of his ten years at the Albion,
being sold to League One strugglers Bristol City. He
needed to play first team football and will get that
at Ashton Gate. A loyal servant through the good and
bad times who will be missed at The Amex.
George Barker - Swindon Town
made the grade at the Albion, playing just a handful
of games and failing to score in loan spells in the
Football League with both Barnet and Newport County.
For Swindon to pay money for him means they must
have seen something we've all missed.
- Charlton Athletic
Central midfielder who
combines the game control of Bridcutt with the goals
of Andrew Crofts having netted four times for
struggling Charlton this season. Aston Villa
attempted to sign him 18 months ago and he has an
eye for the spectacular, with goals and bicycle kick
passes in his repetoire.
David Rodriguez - Celta Vigo
Spanish player to move to The Amex is a centre
forward from Celta Vigo. Scored 26 times in 71 one
games for Celta and 13 in 37 on-loan to Sporting
Gijon in the second tier last season. A goal scoring
record not too dissimilar to a certain Senor Ulloa.
- Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham striker who
has never played a game for their first team, having
been shipped out on no less than nine different loan
deals before his latest bringing him to The Amex.
Spurs fans seem to have no idea why he is still at
White Hart Lane but he is off the mark for the
Albion, scoring at Port Vale.
- Preston North End
Former Arsenal youngster
who has spent the last two seasons at Preston
playing 38 times and scoring four goals. Having just
completed a successful loan spell at Colchester, the
Albion have picked him up for an undisclosed fee
with it looking likely he will spend his time in the
- Three proven
Championship players gone and only one bought in
- the squad is without a doubt weaker.
- Ashley Barnes'
goals replaced by two players unproven in this
- Craig Conway
signs for Blackburn. No wide midfielder comes in
despite Kazenga LuaLua and Will Buckley's injury
- Sell Adam El Abd,
don't sign a replacement. What happens if Greer
or Upson end up suspended or injured?
What do you think of the
Albion's transfer window work? Has the squad been weakened?
Will Oscar be able to lead us to the play offs with the help
of the new additions? Let us know if you're as down about
the window as we are.