Transfer Window Round Up - Summer 2011
Blimey. For a club that used to sell it's best players at
the first sight of money, this transfer window has been a
massive break from the past with the clubs record fee paid
being broken not once, not twice but three times.
fact, Tony Bloom has put some serious money where his
squeaky mouth is to shell out what we reckon amounts to over
£6m in strengthening the League One champions squad ahead of
the first campaign at The Amex.
that doesn't take into account the most exciting signing of
them all - former Spanish international Vicente - who
arrived on the last day of the window on a free transfer
incredibly there is still room to be disappointed - no new
goalkeeper and no new defenders being the main reason. Will
those be decisions that come back around to bite Gus Poyet
on his arse?
are all the in's and out's of a hectic first summer at The
Elliott Bennett - Norwich City
After their failed bid in the summer when Tony
Bloom did something previously unheard of at the
Albion in turning down money for a player, Norwich
finally got their man six months later for a joint
record sale of £1.5m after he'd helped us to the
League One title. He deserves a shot at the EPL.
- Crystal Palace
Despite scoring 22 goals last season, Gus Poyet
refused to meet the strikers valuation of himself
and so he walked out on a free. The biggest problem
with that? It was to them lot up the road. Should be
in for an interesting reception at The Amex come
Radostin Kishishev - Chernomerets Burgas
Did an excellent job in place of the injured Alan
Navarro in the early part of last season before
losing his place to Liam Bridcutt. Remained a vital
player with his calming influence off the bench.
Many thought he'd retire but has moved to hometown
club Chernomerets to end his career.
- St Johnstone
The horse look-a-like scored
some vital goals from the bench, namely the last
minute winner against Oldham to take the Albion top
of the table. Nevwer really did it when given the
chance to start however and he has now returned to
the SPL with St Johnstone.
Young Argentinian midfielder who
looked woefully out of his depth on rare starts
against Southampton and Stoke. He never really
adapted to the English game and it came as little
surprise to see him released and despite interest
from Derby, he has dropped into non-league at Nicky
The second young Argentinian to sign last summer and
be released a year later. He was even less
ineffectual than his fellow countryman although he
did have the nerve to scoop the winning penalty in
the FA Cup replay at Woking straight down the
middle. Flair but not really good enough.
Gary Hart - Eastbourne Borough
years at the club he has finally bid farewell, but
not before scoring aptly scoring the first ever goal
at The Amex for the reserves in the Sussex Senior
Cup final. He's now moved onto Eastbourne Borough
but will always have a place in the heart of the
Chris Holroyd - Rotherham United
goals aplenty in the Conference before moving to
Withdean as well as during two loan spells to League
Two at Stevenage and Bury but never managed to net
in an Albion shirt despite being given ample
opportunity. One of Gus' first signings, he has
moved to Rotherham on a free.
Jim McNulty - Barnsley
Popular left back who
has never really recovered from that horrific career
threatening kidney injury received just after his
arrival at Withdean. Given few chances by Poyet, he
has spent time out on-loan at Scunthorpe United
before signing for fellow Championship side Barnsley
in the summer.
James Tunnicliffe - Wycombe Wanderers
Another big money signing who never lived up to his
price tag, he has spent the last two seasons on-loan
at MK Dons and Bristol Rovers. Despite having just
Gordon Greer and teenagers Lewis Dunk and Steve Cook
as available centre backs, he has been released to
- Peterborough United
transfer record was smashed for the third time in
the summer to secure the in demand Craig Mackail-Smith
for £2.5m from Peterborough. A goal machine at
League One level for the Posh, his hard working
style looks to have already made him a fan favourite
at The Amex.
The second man for whom the
transfer record was broken when he arrived for £1.5m
from Watford. A wideman who has pace, tricks and
goals in him, he is the ideal replacement for
Elliott Bennett and should prove popular with the
- Bristol Rovers
Attempts to sign him on-loan in March failed but the
man who hit over 20 goals despite being relegated
from League One with Bristol Rovers finally arrived
for £500,000 in the summer. A talented forward who
should be part of a goal getting strike partnership
We were promised a massive
signing and this was certainly it. A man who has
once wanted by Real Madrid for £30m and has 38 Spain
caps to his name arrived on a free from Valencia,
where he had been haunted by injuries. Get him fit
and Brighton have the best player in the division in
Ryan Harley - Swansea City
who the Albion tried and failed to sign in January,
he comes in from Swansea City for £250,000. Scored
goals for fun from midfield in League One for Exeter
City last year, a set piece expert who should fit in
well to the Poyet style of football.
Kazenga LuaLua - Newcastle United
wonderful loan spells, the flying winger has finally
become a Brighton player on a full time basis from
Newcastle for an undisclosed fee rumoured to be
slightly over £1m. He needs no introduction as well
all know exactly what he is capable of.
Romain Vincelot - Dagenham & Redbridge
Utility player who can play anywhere across the back
four or midfield and probably even up front. The
move back to just five subs makes having somebody
who can cover a number of positions on the bench key
and that appears to be what the Albion have bought
the Dagenham man in for.
- Excelsior Rotterdam
Netherlands under 21 international who is probably
more famous for being the nephew of Dennis. Turned
down a new contract at Excelsior to move to The Amex
having scored eight times in 56 games across the top
and second flight of Dutch football.
- Question mark
remains over whether Casper Ankergren and Sexy
Pete Brezovan are good enough for this level.
- Gordon Greer is
the only fit and available centre back.
- Marcos Painter
was slow in League One - how will he cope at
- Glenn Murray -
letting your top scorer go on a free is poor
form, but to your arch rivals? Let's hope it's
not decision we live to regret.
Are you excited about the
rebuilding job for the first season at The Amex? Where else
would you have strengthened? Would you have done more to try
and keep Glenn Murray? Share your thoughts with us below.