Transfer Window Round Up - Summer 2010
Poyet has been a very busy boy in the summer transfer window
with no fewer than 13 new players arriving at Withdean and
has been cash spent on two of those with signings ranging
from the glamour of Scunthorpe to the horrors of Argentina.
Or have we got that the wrong way around?
squad that has been built for one purpose and that is to win
promotion to the Championship for the first season at The
Amex. Out have gone League One standard players like Dean
Cox and Adam Virgo and in have come proven Championship
performers such as Matt Sparrow and Radostin Kishishev.
thing still appears to be missing however and that is that
elusive and much trumpeted 30 goal a season striker. Can we
get by without one?
is the full (and long list) of all this summers movers:
- Norwich City
The reigning Player of the Season's worth to the
Albion didn't go unnoticed as promoted Norwich paid
£300,000 for the former captains services. Goals
from midfield are a valuable commodity and that's
earned the Wales international a place in the
Championship after one season at Withdean.
Liam Dickinson - Peterborough United
Signed for £300,000 last summer and sold for
£100,000 a year later isn't the best bit of business
ever. He never really got going at Withdean and the
writing was on the wall as early as last November
when he was photographeded carrying a passed out
girl on a Monday night in West Street.
Not the sort of ball
playing defender that Gus Poyet wants in his side,
he nearly moved in January but remained at the club
for the second half of the season. Released on a
free since bringing an end to a less than successful
second spell, he's signed for Yeovil Town.
Dean Cox - Leyton Orient
Set up two goals on
Poyet's first game in charge at Southampton but it's
been a steady decline since then to the point where
he was released on a free. Always playing second
fiddle in terms of widemen once Elliott Bennett
signed, he links up with Russell Slade at Leyton
And so ends one of the great careers in
Albion history with Michel Kuipers' release from the
club. Lost his place to Sexy Pete Breozvan in
February and unable to regain it, he drops down to
the Conference for 2010/11 with moneybags Crawley
Fell out with Gus after asking why he wasn't being
given a new contract in February last year despite
being top scorer at the time. Moved on loan to
Charlton and helped them into the play offs and has
now signed for Brentford, where you'd expect him to
still have goals in him.
- Sporting Fingal
Calamity Hawk never
featured under Gus thanks to the fact he spent most
of the season injured and also because he was of
course a complete liability. Now back in Ireland
with Sporting Fingal, his last Withdean appearance
will stick long in the memory after a red card just
90 seconds after coming on.
Craig Davies - Chesterfield
Barn Door Davies
leaves after a grand total of one goal in just over
a year at the club. Nobody who was there will ever
forget one of the worst individual performances of
all time he put in at MK Dons in 2009 and after loan
spells with Yeovil and Port Vale, he signs on a free
Sebastien Carole - None
They say never go
back, but they don't say never go back twice which
is exactly what Sebastian Carole did when Gus signed
him up for a third spell at the Albion in January.
He played eight times in total before being released
in a summer and is yet to find a club.
Jake Wright - Oxford United
Bought in as a
left back last summer to cover Jim McNulty's injury
absence, he never looked comfortable there always
appearing to be more of a centre half. A loan move
to Oxford followed and helped them to promotion from
the Conference with the move to the Kassam now
Gordon Greer - Swindon Town
Made the move
from the County Ground to Withdean much to Swindon
supporters disgust and bemusement. Instantly
installed as captain, a ball playing centre half who
fits exactly into the Gus type of player. Only
questions surround his temperament, not helped by a
debut red card really!
Matt Sparrow - Scunthorpe United
decades service at Scunthorpe in which he has made a
name for himself as a goalscoring midfield. The
perfect replacement for Andrew Crofts then and quite
a coup for the Albion to get him to leave his
boyhood club and drop a level at the same time.
Young striker who impressed on-loan
at the end of last season after replacing Nicky
Forster. That temporary deal has now been turned
permanent for a rumoured fee of around £100,000 and
with no new front line striker arriving, he has a
real chance of first team football.
Casper Ankergren - Leeds United
the eve of the season after an injury to Peter
Brezovan and Gus not being convinced with Michael
Poke. A dependable goalkeeper at this level who
helped Leeds United to promotion last season and
should be more than good enough for League One.
- Swansea City
Like Barnes, another loanee
who turned their deal into a permanent move. He
signed on a free after being released by Swansea
City where he lifted the League One title in 2008.
His arrival alongside Inigo Calderon the catalyst to
the up turn in form in the second half of last
Kazenga LuaLua - Newcastle United
loan in the second half of last season, he is back
for a similar agreement this time from Newcastle
United. Electric winger with a powerful shot who
really impressed at Withdean and a big signing to
have made. Hopefully a precursor to a permanent
Radostin Kishishev - FC Litex Lovetch
under Gus at Leeds and has moved from the
wonderfully named Bulgarian side Litex Lovetch. A
vastly experienced international player who has
played in the Premier League and Championship and
will fill the holding midfield role while dictating
the pace of the game.
Bridcutt - Chelsea
Young holding midfielder
bought in to play back up to the aging Kishishev who
he will learn the game from. He arrives on a free
after being released from Chelsea having had loan
spells at Yeovil, Watford and Stockport over the
last few seasons.
Sandaza - Dundee United
Not the 30 goal a
season man we were expecting. Striker who looks
suspiciously like a horse and arrives from Dundee
United were he was a semi-regular scorer in the SPL.
Given our last two signings from Scotland were Steve
Thomson and Graeme Smith, we won't hold our breath.
Agustin Battipiedi -
midfielder who has arrived after some serious
scouting of South America in the summer. Not much is
known about him other than he has signed a one year
deal. Looked neat and tidy in pre-season but the
jury is out on if he will be good enough for League
Cristian Baz - Club Comunicaciones
second young player to come from Argentina this
summer. A striker or wide man who judging by some of
his highlights on YouTube has an eye for the
spectacular goals from distance. Will have to fight
off a lot of competition to get a chance this
Torbjorn Agdestein - Stord IL
who continued the international feel of the new
Brighton and Hove Albion signing from his native
Norway. Tall and imposing, he appears to be a target
man esque player with an eye for goal. He is also
rather good looking in that traditional Scandinavian
Michael Poke - Southampton
spent last season on-loan at Torquay and signed
following his release from Southampton. Originally
bought in to challenge Brezovan for the number one
shirt, Ankergren's arrival has in all reality seen
him slip to third choice.
- Still no 30 goal
a season striker, which leaves the squad looking
very thin in terms of centre forwards.
Is this a squad that can
achieve the long stated aim of promotion into the
Championship? Do you agree with the players that Gus Poyet
has let go? Let us know your thoughts on this busiest of