Transfer Window Round Up - January 2017
January is historically a time where Brighton and Hove
Albion do little business and the 2017 winter transfer
window lived up to that with the only real arrivals being
players to provide cover in areas where Chris Hughton's
squad is a little thin - and of course the permanent signing
of Glenn Murray.
thinnest area is, as per usual, centre forward - a position
we regularly fill with a loan signing around this time of
year - where Chuba Akpom arrives from Arsenal. Sam Baldock
is out for a few weeks which in Brighton injury terms
probably means until the end of the season and so cover up
front was absolutely vital.
only other arrival came in the form of Chelsea defender
Fikayo Tomori and again that was largely made to deal with
the injuries suffered by Bruno, Gaetan Bong and Liam
Rosenior which has made us particularly light in the full
were few surprises in terms of those who left the club. Jake
Forster-Caskey hasn't even had a look in on the substitutes
bench for 18 months and he left for Charlton Athletic
permanently while Elvia Manu finally left the building,
being released after never managing to make the grade
despite the club shelling out £1.5m for him.
Ince added another loan spell to his list with a move to
Swindon Town who are fast becoming a motley crew of
ex-Albion players while the promising Rob Hunt departed for
Oldham Athletic on loan until the end of the season as he
looks to continue his development.
who came in and out in January 2017:
- Charlton Athletic
Sixth choice in line for a central midfield
berth, the Albion's youngest ever player had spent
the last year on loan at MK Dons and then Charlton
Athletic. It came as little surprise then to see him
leave on a permanent deal with League One Charlton
Athletic the destination on an undisclosed fee.
- Queens Park Rangers
The winger tweeted he was disappointed not to
have got a move in the summer transfer window but
this time his wish has been granted with a loan to
fellow Championship side QPR. A good thing for both
parties - he can play some games and hopefully help
take points off our promotion rivals.
Elvis Manu - Go Ahead Eagles
Proved to be an utter waste of £1.5m. The Albion
decided to cut their losses, releasing him on a free
to Go Ahead Eagles where he has already scored a
world class individual goal and been sent off for
diving in the same game. Check it out on YouTube, it
Rohan Ince - Swindon Town
Like Forster-Caskey, he has found his first team
opportunities limited by the form and players ahead
of him in the central midfield positions. Having
spent the second half of last season on-loan at
Fulham, this time he drops down a division with a
move to League One side Swindon Town.
Rob Hunt - Oldham Athletic
The young defender impressed when thrown on away
at Burton Albion in September as well as in the
stiffs EFL Cup and Checkatrade Trophy games. Now he
gets the chance to play regular football with a loan
move to League One Oldham Athletic.
- AFC Bournemouth
If anybody doubted the
decision to bring him back on-loan, they were put in
their place very quickly. The striker leads the
Albion's scoring charts this season and it was an
absolute no brainer to tie him down to a permanent
deal at a cost of £3m. Thanks for not rating him in
the first place, Gus.
Chuba Akpom - Arsenal
With only three
strikers, another forward appeared to be an absolute
must. Step forward Chuba Akpom. The Arsenal striker
offers pace to burn which is something neither of
the other frontline strikers do. Has three goals in
four England under 21 games and scored three times
in 36 for Hull last season.
Injuries to three full backs meant
that the England under 20 international was bought
in on loan from Chelsea. Highly rated by the Blues,
he is capable of playing anywhere across the back
line and will provide cover. Marked his debut in the
best way possible with an own goal at Lincoln.
- Glenn Murray.
Just a shame it cost us the best part of £6m
when you throw in this fee and the money spent
trying to replace him with Craig Mackail-Smith.
Nice work, Gus.
desperately needed another striker as the jury
is still out on whether Murray and Tomer Hemed
can play together. Chuba Akpom offers something
different to what we have.
Fringe players moving on loan gets them game
time. Kazenga LuaLua will hopefully help QPR
take points off sides around us while Rohan Ince
and Rob Hunt both need first team football.
- With Sam Baldock
currently sidelined, it still leaves us with
just three strikers. Could another one have been
bought in just to be on the safe side?
- Christian Walton
was having a fine season on-loan at Luton but
now finds himself back on the bench. Why not
sign a loan goalkeeper to cover for Niki
Maenpaa's injury and allow Walton to continue
playing first team football?
What do you think of the
Albion's transfer window work? Have we got enough to get
across the line and win promotion this season? Is there
anywhere else you'd have liked to see us strengthen? Leave
us a comment using the form below.