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
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
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.
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.
who came in and out in January 2015:
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.
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
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
- 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.
- 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.
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?