Transfer Window Round Up - January 2016
December and a worrying start to January had seen Brighton
and Hove Albion's promotion bid derailed slightly. How much
that led to the club to be quite so proactive in the
transfer window we'll never know but it has been a
surprisingly good winter of signings.
we do next to bugger all business in January and what we do
do turns out to be a complete waste of time - Leon Best last
year and David Rodriguez the season before anyone? But Tony
Bloom can obviously smell the lure of the Premier League and
so has taken a gamble by signing a proven Championship
performer and splashing the cash else where as well.
had played a large part in that disappointing run of form
with Gaetan Bong and Liam Rosenior both out for the long
term meaning a total lack of left backs. Liam Ridgewell has
arrived to rectify that problem while the continued fitness
woes of Solly March and Kazenga LuaLua have seen Anthony
Knockaert come in for a reported club record fee from
Albion's bid to re-sign every single player from the 2002-03
squad gathered pace with Steve Sidwell returning on loan
from Stoke City and Irish PFA Player of the Year Richie
Towell arrived from Dundalk although he hasn't been thrown
in yet. There was also a deadline day move for Czech
Republic international Jiri Skalak and a whole host of
signings for the development squad.
the door were three players who have limited game time this
season as Rohan Ince, Jake Forster-Caskey, Adam Chicksen and
Elvis Manu left the building for loan spells with Fulham,
McDons and Huddersfield Town respectively.
who came in and out in January 2016:
Last seasons Young Player of the Season has
hardly had a look in this time around such has been
the performances of Beram Kayal and Dale Stephens.
He now has the fit again Andrew Crofts and Steve
Sidwell ahead of him in the pecking order so a loan
move for first team football at Fulham is sensible.
Jake Forster-Caskey - Milton Keynes Dons
The England under 21 midfielder is in the same
boat as Ince, unable to shift a plethora of players
ahead of him in the pecking order. He spent time
with McDons earlier in the season and returns to
stadium:mk on loan for the rest of the season.
Elvis Manu - Huddersfield Town
He has said he regrets the decision to sign for
the Albion and we're sure given the £1.5m spent the
feeling is mutual. A loan move will allow him game
time to learn the Championship and he may come back
a better player. Rumours that he spent his medical
in an offside position remain unconfirmed.
Anthony Knockaert - Standard Leige
to be the clubs record signing, the winger already
looks like a great piece of business after arriving
from Standard Leige marking his home debut against
Huddersfield with two assists and a man-of-the-match
showing. Has experience of winning promotion with
Jiri Skalak - Mlada Boleslav
forward, he can play anywhere across the front three
and arrives from Czech side Mlada Boleslav for an
undisclosed fee where he had six goals in 16 games
this season. Will almost certainly prove to be an
upgrade on Elvis Manu and add competition, probably
to the wide areas.
- Stoke City
Scored five goals in 12 games
during a previous loan spell back in 2002. He will
add top flight experience and quality to the
midfield on his return from Stoke City - but was
another central midfielder what we really needed in
- Vancouver Whitecaps
It was fairly obvious
we were buggered at left back when our first two
choices received long term injuries. Signing an
experienced Premier League player for a couple of
months from the MLS has proven to be an excellent
move and he hasn't yet taken a photo of him wiping
his arse with any £50 notes.
Richie Towell - Dundalk
Irish PFA Player of
the Year scored an obscene amount of goals from
midfield for Dundalk from whom he arrives on a free
transfer. Players from Ireland are notoriously hit
and miss so it will be interesting to see if he can
establish himself ahead of a wealth of other
creative midfield players.
- For once the
club have shown they are willing to spend money
in January with the captures of Anthony
Knockaert and Jiri Skalak
back was a major cause of concern and that was
addressed early on
Young players such as Rohan Ince, Elvis Manu and
Jake Forster-Caskey who aren't going to get a
game here move to other Championship clubs to
continue their development.
What do you think of the
Albion's transfer window work? Have we cocked up by not
bringing in a striker? Any other areas you think need
strengthening or does Chris Hughton have the tools to get us