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Transfer Window Round Up - January 2015

Remember Dick Knight's guarantee of five new signings, live on BBC Southern Counties in January 2008. And remember when we were one signing short of that total, and so Shane McFaul was bought in on deadline date to make up the numbers?

It was a case of history repeating itself seven years later although not in such drastic fashion. At the start of the window, Tony Bloom stated that the Albion would "get going quickly", were "ahead of the game" and that the club were ready for the window.

Quite how much of that mindset changed following Chris Hughton's encouraging start to his tenure we will never know, but it is fair to say that the club haven't done the sort of transfer business a majority of fans were expecting to pull us away from peril - they clearly think we are good enough to stay up, lets save the money and big signings until the summer.

A proven Championship striker in Darren Bent was replaced with a man without a goal all season at Derby while one of David Burke's classic transfer failures in Nzuzi Toko left after just six months and no league appearances.

More surprising was the decision to let Adrian Colunga return to Spain, another player who has lasted just half a season with only one monetary arrival to compensate for it.

Admittedly Solly March and Kazenga LuaLua's returns from injury and Chris O'Grady finally looking like a Championship player reduced the need for reinforcements but it is safe to say that Brighton and Loan Albion could well live up to that unofficial moniker by relying on temporary arrivals later in the season to keep them in the Championship.

Here's who came in and out in January 2015:

OUT:
Adrian Colunga - Granada
Was involved in more of the Albion's goals in the first half of the season - either scoring or assisting them - yet he returns to Spain on loan with a permanent deal set for the summer. Lasted just six months at the Albion with Chris Hughton obviously preferring his other striking options.
Nzuzi Toko - Released
Arrived amid great fanfare from some supporters in the summer from Grasshoppers Zurich. One transfer window and no league appearances later and he has agreed to have his contract cancelled by mutual consent. Another example of David Burke's failed transfer policy.
 
IN:
Beram Kayal - Celtic
Hughton highlighted an experience, defence minded midfielder as one of his first requirements and that player arrives in the shape of the Israeli international from Celtic. Previous signings from Scotland have been more miss than hit but the early signs are he could be a decent acquisition.
Leon Best - Blackburn Rovers
Signed on loan from Blackburn until the end of the campaign having worked with Chris Hughton at Newcastle, where he scored 10 Premier League goals. Suffered a raft of injuries since then and didn't manage to find the net on loan at Derby. Will compete with Chris O'Grady for the target man role.

Positives:

Negatives:

Rating:

  • Hughton has identified that he wants an experienced holding midfielder and, bloody hell, we've signed one.
  • He also has a good working relationship and record with Leon Best.

 

 

 

  • Wages still being spent on players like Kemy Agustien who is plainly not up to the job
  • Best hasn't scored a Championship goal this season. Will he really fire us away from the drop?
  • Kazenga LuaLua and Solly March are returning, but we still need a winger to unlock defences and create chances.

 

4.9
/10

What do you think of the Albion's transfer window work? Has Chris Hughton got enough to pull us away from the relegation zone? Where else would you have liked to see the side strengthened?

 


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