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Transfer Window Round Up - Summer 2012

Tony Bloom has made no secret of his desire to take Brighton and Hove Albion into the Premier League and if anybody doubted his words, then a quick look through this summers transfer details should silence them.

Just eight players left, only two of whom were regulars last season with eight coming in, all of which are experienced regulars at Championship level of above. The net has been cast far and wide with two of those additions arriving from La Liga.

There is no doubt that the squad has been significantly improved on last years and Gus Poyet has all the tools he needs to laucnh a serious assault on at least the top six, now being able to name a starting 11 all of whom have played international or European football at some stage in their careers.

Here's the full in's and out's:

OUT:
Craig Noone - Cardiff City
With an abundance of wide men and longstanding interest from Cardiff City, it came as little surprise to see the tricky winger departing for the Redbirds with the club making a tidy profit on the 250,000 it cost to sign him from Plymouth. Entertaining on his day but inconsistency was always a worry.
Tommy Elphick - AFC Bournemouth
One player who deserved a game at The Amex in an Albion shirt more than most. He missed the whole of last season injured, slipping down to fourth choice centre back in the process. A good chance to relaunch his career with Bournemouth who should do well in League One this season.
Alan Navarro - Swindon Town
Released after battling back from injury to earn his spot back in the first team at the end of last season. Unlucky really in that he was one of the few players out of contract with room needing to be made on the wage bill. Still, his career at new club Swindon started well with a goal against the Albion.
Grant Hall - Tottenham Hotspur
Talented defender who was so highly thought of by Gus Poyet that he was given two appearances last season. Having been tracked for a while by Spurs, he rejected the three year contract on offer to stay at The Amex in order to move to White Hart Lane.
David Gonzalez - Barnsley
Released after just six months, he played in just two games for the Albion and they were once the season was effectively over. His interesting performance against Watford will live long in the memory and marked his return to The Amex in goal for Barnsley by letting in five.

Others released - Michael Poke (Torquay United), Leon Redwood (Brentford), Mitch Walker (Dover Athletic).

IN:
Wayne Bridge -  Manchester City
The former England left back arrives on a season long loan from Manchester City in what must be one of the transfer coups of the summer. You know exactly what you are getting with him and that is solid defence, an attacking outlet, a dangerous ball into the box and an unbelievably hot WAG.
Tomasz Kuszczak - Manchester United
Goalkeeper was one of last seasons least convincing positions and Gus has recognised that by snapping up the Polish goalkeeper on a free from Manchester United. He impressed in a loan spell with Watford last season and should prove to be a vast improvement on Brezovan and Ankergren.
Bruno - Valencia
A semi-regular in La Liga and the Europa League last season for Valencia, the right back follows the path trodden by Vicente and moves to The Amex. Rumours that he was signed just to keep his mate and fellow Spaniard happy already look false as he has made the right back shirt his own.
Andrew Crofts - Norwich City
Another good piece of business on a free transfer see's the former capatain return to the club after two years at Norwich City in which time he helped win promotion to and establish them in the Premier League. The goal scoring midfielder we have possibly been crying out for.
Stephen Dobbie - Swansea City
Playmaking striker signed in the closing hours of the window from Swansea City for an undisclosed six figure fee. He has helped both Blackpool and the Swans to promotion from the Championship in two of the last three seasons and should help ease the burden on Craig Mackail-Smith.
Andrea Orlandi - Swansea City
The other deadline day signing from the Liberty Stadium is a creative midfielder the like of which we have been crying out for with Vicente's injury woes. Has an eye for goal and picking him up on a free transfer looks like an excellent piece of business.
David Lopez - Athletic Bilbao
Terminated his contract with Athletic Bilbao were he was something of a cult hero to sign a one year deal at The Amex. Midfielder who can play either wide or through the middle and had a reputation in Spain for a David Beckham like ability from set pieces.
Dean Hammond - Southampton
Andy Naylor teased the return of a former Albion player and while a lot of people put two and two together and made 124 to come up with Bobby Zamora, it was another former club captain who rejoined from Southampton with the window about to slam shut.

Positives:

Negatives:

Rating:

  • We needed a top Championship goalkeeper to have any hopes or promotion and that is what we got.
  • Full backs were another problem position last year which has been addressed with two class signings.

  • We've signed a set piece expert which should help the missed penalty statistics.
  • Every single addition is proven at Championship level or above making this a vastly superior side to last seasons
  • Craig Mackail-Smith, Liam Bridcutt, Vicente - all still here.
  • We've got a huge squad now and with it presumably a big wage bill including the likes of Matt Sparrow and Romain Vincelot who Gus clearly won't use.
  • A promising defender in Grant Hall has been lost.
  • With Lewis Dunk's off field problems, there isn't a lot of cover for Adam El-Abd and Gordon Greer
  • Most of the business has been done let in the window, meaning the team will take time to gel.
  • Tommy Elphick never got the well deserved chance to play at The Amex.

9.3
/10

What do you make of the new signings and who do you think is going to prove to be the best? Have the Albion done enough to take that extra step into the top six this season? Share your thoughts with us below.

 


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