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Gus Poyet - The Striker Files

In case you didn't know, Brighton and Hove Albion need a striker. Gus Poyet has been labouring it home all summer and in particular, during the Cardiff game, when he was seen to turn around to The Amex directors box and make the point that with a new centre forward on the pitch we may not have seen yet another game in which the Seagulls have failed to score.

From the way Gus has been carrying on, you'd think that Tony Bloom was steadfast against signing a centre forward and that Poyet has had his hands tied behind his back in terms of recruitment and money, what with the budget being another one of his favourite tales.

Unfortunately, that is not true as since Gus rocked up at Withdean in November 2009 we have signed ten strikers, spending more than 3m in the process - and the much-maligned Ashley Barnes has 11 more goals than the rest combined.

Here's the rundown of the good, the bad and the atrocious centre forwards that Poyet has bought in - none of whom have, as of yet, turned out to be the goal machine we need. Let's hope it's lucky number eleven for Gus in the transfer market if we manage to get another striker in.

1) Chris Holroyd
75,000. 2010-2011, 16 appearances 0 goals

The first striker Gus signed, Holroyd arrived from Cambridge United in January 2010 having scored 16 goals in 28 games. He played 13 times at the end of 2009-10 and a further 3 times in the League One title winning season, never scoring a goal for the club. It's hard to recall a shot on target either, come to think of it.
2) Ashley Barnes
100,000. 2010-, 107 appearances
38 goals
Four goals in eight games on-loan at the end of 2009-10convinced Gus to part with an undisclosed fee rumoured to be around 100,000. Scored 20 goals as a regular in the side that won League One and ended last season top scorer with 14. Arguably the best of the ten despite still not convincing a large number of fans.
3) Fran Sandaza
Free Transfer. 2010-2011, 19 appearances 4 goals

The man who looked like a horse arrived on a free from Dundee United and quickly made a name for himself as a scoring sub, notching 4 times in 19 appearances. Has since returned to Scotland and become a goal machine, joining Steve Thomson and Graeme Smith in the "good in Jockoland, crap for Brighton" annals.
4) Torbjorn Agdestein
Nominal Fee. 2010-, 6 appearances 0 goals

Arrived for a nominal fee from Stord IL in 2010, he scored a number of goals in the development squad before being given a handful of first team chances off the bench last season. Should be involved more this time around with the return to 7 subs, he is still waiting for his first start and goal 2 years after arriving in England.
5) Chris Wood
Loan. 2010-11, 31 appearances 9 goals

New Zealand international Wood spent from November until the end of the 2010-11 season on-loan, scoring 9 goals in 31 appearances - a decent return for a 19-year-old. Gus did not believe him to be the answer however as loan spells at Birmingham and Bristol City last season suggest he could have been bought back.
6) Will Hoskins
500,000. 2011-, 9 Appearances 1 goal

The Albion's record signing when he arrived for 500,000 having scored 20 goals for Bristol Rovers in 2010-11. Scored on his debut at Cardiff but since then has become more familiar with the treatment table and Bramall Lane than The Amex having been largely injured or out on loan to Sheffield United after just six months.
7) Roland Bergkamp
Free. 2011-, 0 appearances 0 goals

Yes, he does exist. And yes, he is still a Brighton player as far as anybody knows. The Dutch under-21 international arrived from Excelsior where he scored 8 goals in 56 games before a free transfer move to The Amex, with his only taste of first team action in England being 3 games out on loan at Rochdale.
8) Craig Mackail-Smith
2.5m. 2011-, 52 appearances 10 goals

The Albion's record signing arrived from Peterborough for 2.5m having scored 33 times and claimed the League One player-of-the-season award in 2010-11. He scored five times in his first nine games at the club before managing just five more goals all season from September onwards in a difficult first campaign at The Amex.
9) Billy Paynter
Loan. 2011-12, 10 appearances 0 goals

Barn Door Billy was a total and utter waste of space during his ten games in the stripes as he failed to score once while on-loan from Leeds. It was a lucky escape as Gus had been after the striker for some time and he had rejected a permanent move to The Amex on August 2011 transfer deadline day. Thank God.
10) Sam Vokes
Loan. 2012, 15 appearances 3 goals

Another loaned striker, Vokes fared better than Paynter netting 3 times in 15 appearances in the second half of the 2011-12 season. He was signed by Burnley this summer for a fee rumoured to be around 350,000 which suggests he was another player that Poyet felt wasn't up to it following his temporary switch.