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Transfer Window Round Up - Summer 2015

What a difference a year makes. The summer transfer window of 2014 was loan players and cheap options galore with the end result not surprisingly being a season long battle against relegation which, if we are honest, was only successful due to the fact there were somehow three worse teams in the Championship than us.

But credit Tony Bloom and Paul Barber - they've obviously learnt their lesson as a a big wedge of cash has been splashed on a mixture of proven Championship and higher performers - Bobby Zamora, Liam Rosenior - exciting gems from foreign lands - Tomer Hemed, Elvis Manu, Uwe Hunemeier - and young players who should in theory have a a decent sell on value - Connor Goldson, Jack Harper.

Throw in the fact that, unlike in previous years we haven't cashed in on any saleable asset as demonstrated by the clubs determination to hold onto Lewis Dunk amid ridiculously strong interest from Fulham and you have one of the best transfer and certainly busiest transfer windows we've been involved in for some time.

Here is that full list of ins and outs:

OUT:
Craig Mackail-Smith - Luton Town
2.5m well spent - after four years at The Amex, the clubs record signing was released on a free transfer. He never really got going in a Brighton shirt and although many will point to him playing as a lone striker or that unfortunate injury, the fact he has ended up in League Two speaks volumes.
Paddy McCourt - Luton Town
Want to know how bad that first half of last season was? Paddy McCourt coming off the bench each week being the highlight of games. The Derry Pele did enough in his year here to become a cult figure but in truth Luton should prove to be more his level. Hardly a surprise to see him released.
Aaron Hughes - Melbourne City
Bought in last summer as the Matt Upson experienced centre back replacement, the form of Lewis Dunk and loaning of Greg Halford meant he hardly featured after the opening weeks. One last pay day in the sun awaits in Melbourne City.
Chris O'Grady - Nottingham Forest
One league goal in his first season with Brighton last year - and that coming from the penalty spot - tells you all you need to know. From day one he never looked good enough for a side with top flight ambitions and although he tried hard, it came as no surprise to see him loaned to Forest for the season.
Kemy Agustien - None
The ultimate example of what a cock up David Burke made of transfers. He was paid big wages to effectively sit around for two years doing absolutely bugger all bar tweeting photos of his fashion sense, the fast cars he could drive and arguing about how he wasn't fat. Still without a club.

Vitajils Maksimenko - SV Mattersburg
Highly rated Latvian international left back never really got a chance to show what he could do, managing just one league game in two and a half season amid a succession of loan spells. Released, since when he returned to his homeland with FK Liepaja and now onto Austria with SC Mattersburg.
Others released - Shamir Fenelon (Crawley Town), Bradley Barry (Swindon Town)
 
IN:
Tomer Hemed - Almeria
Israeli international striker hit eight goals for Almeria in La Liga last season before moving for an undisclosed fee. Big and strong, he already has three goals in four league games this season and is well on the way towards becoming a fan favourite. Being married to Miss Israel 2008 probably helps.
Uwe Hunemeier - Paderborn
1.4m was splashed on the Big F***ing German defender. Originally it looked as though he was here as a Lewis Dunk replacement but Dunk's new deal means even greater competition at centre back, although the way the BFG has started it is hard to look at him as anything other than first choice.
Bobby Zamora - Queens Park Rangers
It's the deal everybody wanted to happen and it finally did. The Albion legend returned home after his release from QPR. His experience and eye for goal will come in handy over the course of the year, as will his merchandise value going on the number of "Zamora 25" shirts already on show.
Liam Rosenior - Hull City
Hull City Tigers fans were gutted to see this man leave them on a free such was his popularity on Humberside. Capable of playing in either full back position as well as as a defensive midfielder, his arrival has already bought a sharp improvement in the form of Bruno. Will no doubt make his mark soon.
Gaetan Bong - Wigan Athletic
After three consecutive seasons of loaned left backs, the Albion finally have one of their own in the Cameroon international. Dreadlocks, loves to attack, flair, named after drugs paraphernalia, pulls a ridiculous face in selfies. The former Wigan man is well on his way to fan favourite status already.
Niki Maenpaa - VVV Venlo
Chris Hughton wanted experienced back up to challenge David Stockdale and that is what the Finland international brings. Has already pulled off a couple of breathtaking saves in his COCup run outs and the improved competition for places has also seen Stockdale start the season well.
Jamie Murphy - Sheffield United
Both Bristol City and The Leeds United were interested in the Flying Scotsman but for once, the Albion beat off competition from divisional rivals to land a transfer target for a fee of 1.5m. He hit 21 goals and got 22 assists in 122 games for t'Blades and will be hoping to take that form up a level.
Connor Goldson - Shrewsbury Town
An undisclosed six figure fee was paid for the goal scoring centre back in what looked to be a blatant move to replace Dunk. As it is, both are now here and the highly rated former Shrews captain will probably go under the one for the future bracket being just 22-years-old.
Elvis Manu - Feyenoord
The Dutch under 21 international hit 14 goals in 37 games last season for Feyernood, persuading the Albion to part with 1.5m for his services. Fast and direct, he can play anywhere across the attacking line or out wide and also offers a great opportunity to make a plethora of Elvis-based puns.
Jack Harper - Real Madrid
Well it isn't every day you sign somebody from Real Madrid. The Spanish giants decision to scrap their C Team was the Albion's gain as the highly rated Scottish striker header to The Amex. One for the development squad currently but big things will be expected of him.
Vahid Hambo - Inter Turku
"The Finnish Ibrahimovic" has five goals in 11 games for clubs in his native land as well as three in two for Finland under 21s. Arriving for an undisclosed fee, the club have said he will be in the development squad, a call up to his full national team suggests he has talent.

Positives:

Negatives:

Rating:

  • No loans so far - the club aren't trying to achieve success on the cheap which is a welcome change from recent policy.
  • The majority of the business was done before the second game of the season and not in a blind panic as the window shut as in previous years.

  • We couldn't buy a goal last season. The reshaped forward land supply line already looks to have rectified that.
  • Genuine competition for places has already greatly improved the performances of David Stockdale, Bruno and Kazenga LuaLua.
  • No cashing in on saleable assets as the stance with Lewis Dunk showed.
  • Bobby Zamora's injury record is a concern - could we maybe have done with one more striker in?
  • We may be heavy for central midfielders, especially with Andrew Crofts still to return, but none of them bar Beram Kayal have much creativity.
  • Some presumably high earners such as Danny Holla and Adrian Colunga are still on the books when it is obvious Chris Hughton has no intention of using them.

9.1
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