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New striker aims for top flight

The Argus: Leonardo Ulloa is ready for life with Albion (picture by Paul Hazlewood) Leonardo Ulloa is ready for life with Albion (picture by Paul Hazlewood)

Albion striker Leonardo Ulloa has backed his new club to reach the Premier League.

The 26-year-old Argentinian completed his move to English football last night after agreeing a four-and-a-half year deal at The Amex.

Albion are believed to have paid about £2 million to meet the buyout clause in Ulloa’s contract at Almeria.

His deal at the Spanish second tier club was improved last summer after he scored 28 goals in a season.

Ulloa, who made his name with San Lorenzo in Argentina, saw his new team mates in action when they beat Derby 2-1 on Saturday.

He said: “This is a club which is growing.

“It has lots of new projects and is a club that sooner rather than later will be in the Premier League.”

Albion hope to secure international clearance for Ulloa in time for Saturday’s trip to Birmingham City.

The 6ft 2in striker scored seven top-flight goals for Almeria having first been taken to Spain by Castellon.

He arrives in England as a goalscorer and a target man.

Ulloa added: “I define myself as a fighter. I’m going to be fighting for the squad.

“I’m very comfortable in and around the box, dealing with crosses. I will add hopefully a few goals.”

Ulloa said his farewells to team mates at Almeria on Tuesday and promised to be back for their promotion party.

He said: “It is a very good move for me as an individual. The change of surroundings will suit me well.

“I’ve had a great year-and-a-half at Almeria. I’ve always felt welcome.

“It’s hard to go but I’ve taken a decision and I think it is the best for everybody at this moment.

“It’s sad to leave people and colleagues and supporters and a city which really welcomed me from the first day.”

Ulloa has admitted he leaves Almeria with an unfulfilled ambition – that of firing them back to the top flight.

He told the club’s web radio station at UDAlmeria.com: “It was an ambition to go up. Scoring 28 goals in a season was important for me but I would swap it for promotion with the team.

“I’ve told them I’ll be back in June for the celebration meal after promotion.”

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9:14am Thu 17 Jan 13

Ripe seagull. says...

At last! They've found somebody to fit into their huge shirts!
At last! They've found somebody to fit into their huge shirts! Ripe seagull.
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9:15am Thu 17 Jan 13

LesBerry says...

Finally we have signed a player big enough to fit the "new signing shirt" !!

Just what we need bit of strength up front and someone to get on the end of crosses - could we see a goal from a corner soon ??
Finally we have signed a player big enough to fit the "new signing shirt" !! Just what we need bit of strength up front and someone to get on the end of crosses - could we see a goal from a corner soon ?? LesBerry
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9:22am Thu 17 Jan 13

Therapist says...

Ola, Ola Ola Ola,
Ulloa, Ulloa!
Ola, Ola Ola Ola,
Ulloa, Ulloa
Ola, Ola Ola Ola, Ulloa, Ulloa! Ola, Ola Ola Ola, Ulloa, Ulloa Therapist
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9:56am Thu 17 Jan 13

albionfan33 says...

to the tune of the beatles, you say goodbye and i say ulloa
to the tune of the beatles, you say goodbye and i say ulloa albionfan33
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10:11am Thu 17 Jan 13

Therapist says...

I was going for a more catchy, lowest common denominator chant really.
Someone mentioned in the other article a good one to The Kinks- Lola.
I was going for a more catchy, lowest common denominator chant really. Someone mentioned in the other article a good one to The Kinks- Lola. Therapist
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10:18am Thu 17 Jan 13

graham w says...

Love it.. god he looks big , strong , and ugly, thats what we want now...well done gus, i should think he has some goals in him, .. now mayby we can turn draws into wins ... uta... seagulls,
Love it.. god he looks big , strong , and ugly, thats what we want now...well done gus, i should think he has some goals in him, .. now mayby we can turn draws into wins ... uta... seagulls, graham w
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10:23am Thu 17 Jan 13

albionfan33 says...

to what all chant at the away gk uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuulll
lllloooooooooooooooa
to what all chant at the away gk uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuulll lllloooooooooooooooa albionfan33
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11:10am Thu 17 Jan 13

Hovite says...

Therapist wrote:
I was going for a more catchy, lowest common denominator chant really.
Someone mentioned in the other article a good one to The Kinks- Lola.
Yep the Kinks, Lola works well
[quote][p][bold]Therapist[/bold] wrote: I was going for a more catchy, lowest common denominator chant really. Someone mentioned in the other article a good one to The Kinks- Lola.[/p][/quote]Yep the Kinks, Lola works well Hovite
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11:37am Thu 17 Jan 13

LAWgull says...

Will ulloa get us ullhigher ????
Will ulloa get us ullhigher ???? LAWgull
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11:52am Thu 17 Jan 13

Gee Jay says...

A guy with regrets about leaving his old club and teamates. Shows he has emotional attachment to the people he works with.
Good omens for a team player, let's make him feel at home ASAP.
A 'Peter Ward' start would be good.
A guy with regrets about leaving his old club and teamates. Shows he has emotional attachment to the people he works with. Good omens for a team player, let's make him feel at home ASAP. A 'Peter Ward' start would be good. Gee Jay
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11:59am Thu 17 Jan 13

Notters_Seagull says...

Anyone else think he looks like a Bond baddie?
Anyone else think he looks like a Bond baddie? Notters_Seagull
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1:49pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Albion23 says...

Now weve got our man lets get those polnts on the board.Hope G P.plays 2 up front *please) with Ulloa & Cms given rime to gel could make a deadly combination.U.T.A.
Now weve got our man lets get those polnts on the board.Hope G P.plays 2 up front *please) with Ulloa & Cms given rime to gel could make a deadly combination.U.T.A. Albion23
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1:54pm Thu 17 Jan 13

VegasSeagull says...

Instead of, 'stand up if you hate Palace,' why not,

stand up if you love Ulloa stand up if you love Ulloa.......
Instead of, 'stand up if you hate Palace,' why not, stand up if you love Ulloa stand up if you love Ulloa....... VegasSeagull
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1:56pm Thu 17 Jan 13

VegasSeagull says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Instead of, 'stand up if you hate Palace,' why not, stand up if you love Ulloa stand up if you love Ulloa.......
the first home match that he takes to the field in, what I have suggested should be his welcome from the fans.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Instead of, 'stand up if you hate Palace,' why not, stand up if you love Ulloa stand up if you love Ulloa.......[/p][/quote]the first home match that he takes to the field in, what I have suggested should be his welcome from the fans. VegasSeagull
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2:16pm Thu 17 Jan 13

raymondo999 says...

Pathetic! Spanish second division player, unknown quantity and everyone's falling about in ecstasy. Football is full of big strikers who fall over their own feet. not saying he might not be good, but wait until he's played a few times then make a judgement.
Pathetic! Spanish second division player, unknown quantity and everyone's falling about in ecstasy. Football is full of big strikers who fall over their own feet. not saying he might not be good, but wait until he's played a few times then make a judgement. raymondo999
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2:34pm Thu 17 Jan 13

VegasSeagull says...

raymondo999 wrote:
Pathetic! Spanish second division player, unknown quantity and everyone's falling about in ecstasy. Football is full of big strikers who fall over their own feet. not saying he might not be good, but wait until he's played a few times then make a judgement.
Ray it's called optimism, hope, and excited anticipation. The cOmments posted should be nothing more than expected from real fans of BHA. .
[quote][p][bold]raymondo999[/bold] wrote: Pathetic! Spanish second division player, unknown quantity and everyone's falling about in ecstasy. Football is full of big strikers who fall over their own feet. not saying he might not be good, but wait until he's played a few times then make a judgement.[/p][/quote]Ray it's called optimism, hope, and excited anticipation. The cOmments posted should be nothing more than expected from real fans of BHA. . VegasSeagull
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7:59pm Thu 17 Jan 13

bbb1969 says...

Not much of a chant expert but what about his first name to a tune of Duran Duran's RIO.

"His name is Leo and he dances round the box....we're beating you as you're all a bunch of c...s"

That's the best I can come up with but only when we are winning and Ulloa scores.
Not much of a chant expert but what about his first name to a tune of Duran Duran's RIO. "His name is Leo and he dances round the box....we're beating you as you're all a bunch of c...s" That's the best I can come up with but only when we are winning and Ulloa scores. bbb1969
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9:18am Fri 18 Jan 13

raymondo999 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
raymondo999 wrote:
Pathetic! Spanish second division player, unknown quantity and everyone's falling about in ecstasy. Football is full of big strikers who fall over their own feet. not saying he might not be good, but wait until he's played a few times then make a judgement.
Ray it's called optimism, hope, and excited anticipation. The cOmments posted should be nothing more than expected from real fans of BHA. .
Do you mean 'are no more than are expected from real fans of BHA'? Interesting. As soon as anyone shows dissent on here, many people question their credentials rather than addressing their point. Why is that do you think Vegas?
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raymondo999[/bold] wrote: Pathetic! Spanish second division player, unknown quantity and everyone's falling about in ecstasy. Football is full of big strikers who fall over their own feet. not saying he might not be good, but wait until he's played a few times then make a judgement.[/p][/quote]Ray it's called optimism, hope, and excited anticipation. The cOmments posted should be nothing more than expected from real fans of BHA. .[/p][/quote]Do you mean 'are no more than are expected from real fans of BHA'? Interesting. As soon as anyone shows dissent on here, many people question their credentials rather than addressing their point. Why is that do you think Vegas? raymondo999
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