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Transfer Window Round Up - January 2018

It was a quiet January for Brighton and Hove Albion with only two players arriving but that was made up for by the fact that those two players could well address the striker shortage that has been going on since the summer of 2016.

First in through the door was Dutch striker Jurgen Locadia for a club record 14m from PSV Eindhoven. Given the fact that we pulled out of deals to sign Raphael Dwamena and Renato Neto in the summer due to questions about their fitness that were thrown up at the medical stage, it was strange to see a player arriving with an injury that will keep him out for a further month.

Locadia wasn't the only striker to arrive and the second needs no extra introduction as Leonardo Ulloa returned on loan from Leicester City until the end of the season. And we won't mention Murray any more...

In terms of leaving the club, Chris Hughton cleared some of his 174 wide men out with Kazenga LuaLua being released on a free transfer to join Sunderland after nearly eight years across three spells with the club.

Jamie Murphy also left to join Rangers, the club he supported as a boy, on a loan deal which will become permanent for just over 1m at the end of the season and Izzy Brown had his loan terminated after suffering a season ending injury.

Here's who came in and out in January 2018:

OUT:
Jamie Murphy - Rangers
Had fallen down the pecking order following the arrival of a couple of new wide players in the summer, having started only one league match so far this season. A move to his boyhood club Rangers was a good fir for all parties and given the SPL is basically a pub league, he should do well there.
Kazenga LuaLua - Sunderland
The winger has been looking for a move for over a year now and after two mixed loan spells with Queens Park Rangers, he has secured a permanent transfer in moving to join Championship strugglers Sunderland after the Albion agreed to terminate his contract.
Izzy Brown - Chelsea
A serious ligament injury sustained in the FA Cup third round win over Crystal Palace bought Izzy Brown's Albion career to an end after only six months, the on loan forward returning to parent club Chelsea having unfortunately never had the opportunity to show us what a talented player her is.
 
IN:
Jurgen Locadia - PSV Eindhoven
Signed for a club record 14m, forward Jurgen Locadia arrives from PSV Eindhoven with a big price tag to live up to. His record (when fit) in Dutch football is good but then again so was Ricky van Wolfswinkel's. It's a big gamble, but if it pays off it could be the deal that keeps Brighton safe.
Leonardo Ulloa - Leicester City
Less of a gamble is Leonardo Ulloa. The striker left the Amex in 2014 for Leicester City, where he helped the Foxes produce a great escape from relegation and then became a Premier League champion a year later. Knows where the goal is and that will prove invaluable for the next four months,

Positives:

Negatives:

Rating:

  • We need at least one striker and in the end we have managed to bring in two - Leonardo Ulloa is like-for-like with Glenn Murray while Jurgen Locadia offers more versatility with his ability to play wide
  • The Albion managed to hold onto Lewis Dunk although six months of Premier League football is probably not enough for one of the big clubs to take a gamble on him

  • Players not good enough for Premier League football are off the wage bill, with Kazenga LuaLua and Jamie Murphy offloaded

  • With Steve Sidwell no nearer a return to playing, we are light on central midfielders with only three available. That should have been addressed sooner than an 11th hour bid for Wigan Athletic's Nick Powell
  • Signings from the Netherlands are a notorious gamble and the Albion have paid a big fee on Jurgen Locadia with no guarantees of success.

8.9
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