TALKING POINT: What is Albion's best team?

The Argus: Leo Ulloa was back in action Leo Ulloa was back in action

Oscar Garcia is going to have some tough selection choices soon.

Leo Ulloa made his return as a substitute in today’s win at Middlesbrough.

Kazenga LuaLua made his second outing from the bench after recovering from injury while another fit-again winger Will Buckley was left out of the 18.

Gordon Greer, Tomasz Kuszczak, Andrea Orlandi and Craig Mackail-Smith are among those still to return.

Meanwhile, Jake Forster-Caskey – who had a good run of the side – and Leroy Lita did not make the squad at Middlesbrough.

Adam El-Abd was excellent both after coming on early against Leicester and then again today and on this form it would be hard to leave him out when Greer is fit again.

Oscar has lots of choices and decisions to make in the next few weeks, which will be influenced by form and fitness.

But what do you think is his best side if everyone was available?

Let us know your thoughts.

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9:14pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Pearcey96 says...

TK; Calderon, El Abd, Upson, Ward; Orlandi, Crofts, Bridcutt, Buckley; CMS, Ulloa
TK; Calderon, El Abd, Upson, Ward; Orlandi, Crofts, Bridcutt, Buckley; CMS, Ulloa Pearcey96

9:25pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Conelli98 says...

Busy three weeks now so lots of bodies available would be a good thing. Does anyone know if Miquel of Leicester is on a short loan from Arsenal or a season long? OG had a long chat with him after final whistle against Leicester! Its the one position we need strengthening imo (cb).
As for best team 4231 , TK...BS...GG...MU...
SW, LB...RI, AO...AB...WB,LU
SUBS PB, IC, AE, AC, KLL, KA, CMS
Busy three weeks now so lots of bodies available would be a good thing. Does anyone know if Miquel of Leicester is on a short loan from Arsenal or a season long? OG had a long chat with him after final whistle against Leicester! Its the one position we need strengthening imo (cb). As for best team 4231 , TK...BS...GG...MU... SW, LB...RI, AO...AB...WB,LU SUBS PB, IC, AE, AC, KLL, KA, CMS Conelli98

9:41pm Sat 14 Dec 13

tug509 says...

Really tough call,but if pushed.

--------------------
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Kuszczak------------
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Calderon------------
Greer---------------
-----------Upson----
-------------Ward---
----

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-Bridcutt-----------
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----Ince------------
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---------------

--WB-or AO------------------
---Crofts-----------
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-----------CC or AB

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---- Ulloa---------------
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Really tough call,but if pushed. -------------------- -------------------- Kuszczak------------ -------------------- -------------- Calderon------------ Greer--------------- -----------Upson---- -------------Ward--- ---- -------------------- -------------------- -Bridcutt----------- -------------------- ------------------ -------------------- -------------------- ----Ince------------ -------------------- --------------- --WB-or AO------------------ ---Crofts----------- -------------------- -----------CC or AB -------------------- -------------------- ---- Ulloa--------------- -------------------- ---------- tug509

9:45pm Sat 14 Dec 13

tug509 says...

tug509 wrote:
Really tough call,but if pushed.

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Kuszczak------------

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Calderon------------

Greer---------------

-----------Upson----

-------------Ward---

----

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-Bridcutt-----------

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----Ince------------

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---------------

--WB-or AO------------------

---Crofts-----------

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-----------CC or AB

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---- Ulloa---------------

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Sorry i have no idea what the Argus did with my post ????.
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Really tough call,but if pushed. -------------------- -------------------- Kuszczak------------ -------------------- -------------- Calderon------------ Greer--------------- -----------Upson---- -------------Ward--- ---- -------------------- -------------------- -Bridcutt----------- -------------------- ------------------ -------------------- -------------------- ----Ince------------ -------------------- --------------- --WB-or AO------------------ ---Crofts----------- -------------------- -----------CC or AB -------------------- -------------------- ---- Ulloa--------------- -------------------- ----------[/p][/quote]Sorry i have no idea what the Argus did with my post ????. tug509

9:52pm Sat 14 Dec 13

cheese rolls ! says...

Buckley's a shoe in!, fit but not in the squad, what's going on ?
Buckley's a shoe in!, fit but not in the squad, what's going on ? cheese rolls !

10:00pm Sat 14 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

I guess the best team on paper is one thing and the best on current form is another.
On paper I would go for.
Kuz.....Bruno....Gre
er....Upson....Ward.
...Bridcutt....Orlan
di....Crofts....
David....Buckley....
Ulloa.

On current form.
Kuz....Bruno....Gree
r....Upson....Ward..
..Bridcutt....Ince..
..Crofts....LuaLua
David....Barnes.

Sign Conway and both teams would change. Get all the injured back and both teams would change.
I guess the best team on paper is one thing and the best on current form is another. On paper I would go for. Kuz.....Bruno....Gre er....Upson....Ward. ...Bridcutt....Orlan di....Crofts.... David....Buckley.... Ulloa. On current form. Kuz....Bruno....Gree r....Upson....Ward.. ..Bridcutt....Ince.. ..Crofts....LuaLua David....Barnes. Sign Conway and both teams would change. Get all the injured back and both teams would change. VegasSeagull

10:04pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Yogi says...

A winning one!
A winning one! Yogi

10:14pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Conelli98 says...

Conelli98 wrote:
Busy three weeks now so lots of bodies available would be a good thing. Does anyone know if Miquel of Leicester is on a short loan from Arsenal or a season long? OG had a long chat with him after final whistle against Leicester! Its the one position we need strengthening imo (cb).
As for best team 4231 , TK...BS...GG...MU...

SW, LB...RI, AO...AB...WB,LU
SUBS PB, IC, AE, AC, KLL, KA, CMS
Sorry No space for Jennifer!
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: Busy three weeks now so lots of bodies available would be a good thing. Does anyone know if Miquel of Leicester is on a short loan from Arsenal or a season long? OG had a long chat with him after final whistle against Leicester! Its the one position we need strengthening imo (cb). As for best team 4231 , TK...BS...GG...MU... SW, LB...RI, AO...AB...WB,LU SUBS PB, IC, AE, AC, KLL, KA, CMS[/p][/quote]Sorry No space for Jennifer! Conelli98

10:42pm Sat 14 Dec 13

tug509 says...

I would like to see a 4-1-1-3-1 set up ,with Tomasz in goal ,i would choose Inigo Calderon over Bruno on the right back ,purely because i think he gives more attacking options ,almost an attacking wing back ,some dont think he can defend in that position ,i believe the rest of the backs can cover when he goes forward . Gordon Greer obviously ,our captain and a stalwart ,Matty Upson ,typical of our backs ,hard working and a real pro ,finally Stephen Ward ,the man hasn`t put a foot wrong in my humble opinion ,and makes us all feel secure with the LB position .

I would put both Liam and Rohan in front of our defence ,liam just in front ,the old sweeper position ,but not to use him that way ,but to shore up an already strong back five ,Rohan ,with his size and strength ,i would use for covering the back when we are threatened ,but as an additional attacking threat when we go forward ,especially in set peices ,but he has the skill to make an attack himself .

We need width with our pitch and our squad ,the way we play demands it,Will Buckley gives us that on the right,Andrea Orlandi makes play ,that choice is Oscars . In the middle,it`s hard to say any one other than Andrew Crofts ,he is playing superb football for us . On the left i would hope to see Craig Conway ,he has been exactly what we need ,when we needed it ,i also think Ashley Barnes is exceptional in this position ,but with a different style ,Craig is better with the cross ,but Ash is good at cutting in to the penalty area , but we have speed as well which for me makes this the hardest position to pick ,Kazenga Lua Lua IMHO is full of quality and skill ,but i have heard him described as a luxury ,because he cant play the full 90 ,myself i think thats harsh,but he can be ,another name he is called ,an impact sub ,for someone so skillful it seems a little hard.

Up front is the big Argentinian that we have all taken to heart,he is quality,a word i have used a lot ,i guess we are very lucky with that . Leo i hope is not going to suffer any after effects of he`s injury ,but will pick up where he left of,and heaven help the rest of the league if he does.

This is my choice ,i would of course add that ,players should never be tied to their positions,and are given at least a little licence to show what they can do . UTA
I would like to see a 4-1-1-3-1 set up ,with Tomasz in goal ,i would choose Inigo Calderon over Bruno on the right back ,purely because i think he gives more attacking options ,almost an attacking wing back ,some dont think he can defend in that position ,i believe the rest of the backs can cover when he goes forward . Gordon Greer obviously ,our captain and a stalwart ,Matty Upson ,typical of our backs ,hard working and a real pro ,finally Stephen Ward ,the man hasn`t put a foot wrong in my humble opinion ,and makes us all feel secure with the LB position . I would put both Liam and Rohan in front of our defence ,liam just in front ,the old sweeper position ,but not to use him that way ,but to shore up an already strong back five ,Rohan ,with his size and strength ,i would use for covering the back when we are threatened ,but as an additional attacking threat when we go forward ,especially in set peices ,but he has the skill to make an attack himself . We need width with our pitch and our squad ,the way we play demands it,Will Buckley gives us that on the right,Andrea Orlandi makes play ,that choice is Oscars . In the middle,it`s hard to say any one other than Andrew Crofts ,he is playing superb football for us . On the left i would hope to see Craig Conway ,he has been exactly what we need ,when we needed it ,i also think Ashley Barnes is exceptional in this position ,but with a different style ,Craig is better with the cross ,but Ash is good at cutting in to the penalty area , but we have speed as well which for me makes this the hardest position to pick ,Kazenga Lua Lua IMHO is full of quality and skill ,but i have heard him described as a luxury ,because he cant play the full 90 ,myself i think thats harsh,but he can be ,another name he is called ,an impact sub ,for someone so skillful it seems a little hard. Up front is the big Argentinian that we have all taken to heart,he is quality,a word i have used a lot ,i guess we are very lucky with that . Leo i hope is not going to suffer any after effects of he`s injury ,but will pick up where he left of,and heaven help the rest of the league if he does. This is my choice ,i would of course add that ,players should never be tied to their positions,and are given at least a little licence to show what they can do . UTA tug509

11:12pm Sat 14 Dec 13

SMF20 says...

Tomas
Ward
Greer
Upson
Bruno
Buckley
Bridcutt
Agustien
Orlandi
Lua Lua
Ulloa
Tomas Ward Greer Upson Bruno Buckley Bridcutt Agustien Orlandi Lua Lua Ulloa SMF20

7:20am Sun 15 Dec 13

baldy from worthing says...

Tom
Bruno
Adam
Upson
Ward
Buckers
Bridcutt
Ince
Orlandi
Barnes
Ulloa
Tom Bruno Adam Upson Ward Buckers Bridcutt Ince Orlandi Barnes Ulloa baldy from worthing

8:44am Sun 15 Dec 13

Liambhataylor19 says...

Tom
Ward
Greer
Upson
Bruno
Crofts
Bridcutt
Ince
Conway
Ulloa
Lua lua or Buckley
Tom Ward Greer Upson Bruno Crofts Bridcutt Ince Conway Ulloa Lua lua or Buckley Liambhataylor19

9:11am Sun 15 Dec 13

WoodingdeanDS says...

Perhaps more to the point - let's cut the squad to a more affordable 24 or 25. Oscar probably knows who the third tier players are. Go back to a reserve team playing regular football.
Perhaps more to the point - let's cut the squad to a more affordable 24 or 25. Oscar probably knows who the third tier players are. Go back to a reserve team playing regular football. WoodingdeanDS

10:06am Sun 15 Dec 13

LeKevo says...

In this day & age of football, I would suggest the best 11 would be dependent on the opposition we are playing & the ability of our scouts/management to assess the threat/weakness of our opponents.
To have an interchangeable squad to meet the demands of OG's tactics is more beneficial than just picking the best 11.
Use this as a prime example....
AB or LU.? AB runs his socks off week in week out, what he loses in general skills he makes up for in effort - or... LU, thrives off crosses, uses strength to hold up & seems to be a better goalscorer. I agree with most here that I'd pick LU over AB any day. For the last 10 weeks we have performed very well with LU absence.
Now, more then the preceding 4 months, the management have some serious decisions to make picking the 11 who will take the game to the league. More than the starting 11 though, we need the desire & ability of the bench to continue or add more to any game once called upon. Leicester game was good example with AEA coming on after 15mins or so. He seamlessly slotted into a good team against good opposition.
I know The Argus are searching for our thoughts on the best team, this of course in an ideal world with every player on their game, ideal conditions, no referee **** ups, no injuries etc etc. I prefer to live in the real world & just want to see whoever is chosen, play their heart out for our club.
Onwards & upwards for 2014
In this day & age of football, I would suggest the best 11 would be dependent on the opposition we are playing & the ability of our scouts/management to assess the threat/weakness of our opponents. To have an interchangeable squad to meet the demands of OG's tactics is more beneficial than just picking the best 11. Use this as a prime example.... AB or LU.? AB runs his socks off week in week out, what he loses in general skills he makes up for in effort - or... LU, thrives off crosses, uses strength to hold up & seems to be a better goalscorer. I agree with most here that I'd pick LU over AB any day. For the last 10 weeks we have performed very well with LU absence. Now, more then the preceding 4 months, the management have some serious decisions to make picking the 11 who will take the game to the league. More than the starting 11 though, we need the desire & ability of the bench to continue or add more to any game once called upon. Leicester game was good example with AEA coming on after 15mins or so. He seamlessly slotted into a good team against good opposition. I know The Argus are searching for our thoughts on the best team, this of course in an ideal world with every player on their game, ideal conditions, no referee **** ups, no injuries etc etc. I prefer to live in the real world & just want to see whoever is chosen, play their heart out for our club. Onwards & upwards for 2014 LeKevo

10:06am Sun 15 Dec 13

shining star says...

where's Mackail-Smith now, is he not even counted as an Albion player any more? When will anyone make some kind of announcement as to his return to the team or not ?
where's Mackail-Smith now, is he not even counted as an Albion player any more? When will anyone make some kind of announcement as to his return to the team or not ? shining star

11:03am Sun 15 Dec 13

steve seeagullls says...

cheese rolls ! wrote:
Buckley's a shoe in!, fit but not in the squad, what's going on ?
I would probably say he is being kept for Huddersfield as conways loan has now finished . I hope we can get Conway back as I feel he is not the fastest winger we have but he is the best crosser of the ball and was definately getting better the more games he played . I hope buckley and lua can keep the good service going especially now ulloa is back and this good run continues .It makes the Barnsley result even more puzzling .
[quote][p][bold]cheese rolls ![/bold] wrote: Buckley's a shoe in!, fit but not in the squad, what's going on ?[/p][/quote]I would probably say he is being kept for Huddersfield as conways loan has now finished . I hope we can get Conway back as I feel he is not the fastest winger we have but he is the best crosser of the ball and was definately getting better the more games he played . I hope buckley and lua can keep the good service going especially now ulloa is back and this good run continues .It makes the Barnsley result even more puzzling . steve seeagullls

11:04am Sun 15 Dec 13

steve seeagullls says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I guess the best team on paper is one thing and the best on current form is another.
On paper I would go for.
Kuz.....Bruno....Gre

er....Upson....Ward.

...Bridcutt....Orlan

di....Crofts....
David....Buckley....

Ulloa.

On current form.
Kuz....Bruno....Gree

r....Upson....Ward..

..Bridcutt....Ince..

..Crofts....LuaLua
David....Barnes.

Sign Conway and both teams would change. Get all the injured back and both teams would change.
definitely sign Conway quality delivery and overall game was good
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I guess the best team on paper is one thing and the best on current form is another. On paper I would go for. Kuz.....Bruno....Gre er....Upson....Ward. ...Bridcutt....Orlan di....Crofts.... David....Buckley.... Ulloa. On current form. Kuz....Bruno....Gree r....Upson....Ward.. ..Bridcutt....Ince.. ..Crofts....LuaLua David....Barnes. Sign Conway and both teams would change. Get all the injured back and both teams would change.[/p][/quote]definitely sign Conway quality delivery and overall game was good steve seeagullls

11:12am Sun 15 Dec 13

steve seeagullls says...

baldy from worthing wrote:
Tom
Bruno
Adam
Upson
Ward
Buckers
Bridcutt
Ince
Orlandi
Barnes
Ulloa
this is very attacking and all very good, this is the team I would like to put out if it was all out attack but I possibly think barnes might have to make way for crofts if it was to be a slightly more defensive formation
[quote][p][bold]baldy from worthing[/bold] wrote: Tom Bruno Adam Upson Ward Buckers Bridcutt Ince Orlandi Barnes Ulloa[/p][/quote]this is very attacking and all very good, this is the team I would like to put out if it was all out attack but I possibly think barnes might have to make way for crofts if it was to be a slightly more defensive formation steve seeagullls

11:29am Sun 15 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

Shining Star---yes I have asked the question about Craig--WHAT is his progress and when do we expect him back match fit. It is going to be a difficult choice for Oscar---especially upfront . Barnes is playing out of his skin at present--we have Uloa back and Craig sometime soon? No wonder Barnes has not signed a new contract---although he says he wants to stay at Brighton but if he is only going to feature occasionally once Ulloa is match fit and Craig is back he may see his future elsewhere. IF everyone stays fit once everyone is back then Oscar has the enviable choice of rotating his team. It is going to be a fine juggling act keeping all the players happy whilst not being able to play them all, all of the time!! January will be interesting as we will have to see who stays and IF we get anyone else in--as the team stands I think it will be the job of the Management to try and keep the current squad in tact and not get anyone else in. Love to see Conway here permanently---Lita will go back as he has not featured. Interesting few weeks to come.
Shining Star---yes I have asked the question about Craig--WHAT is his progress and when do we expect him back match fit. It is going to be a difficult choice for Oscar---especially upfront . Barnes is playing out of his skin at present--we have Uloa back and Craig sometime soon? No wonder Barnes has not signed a new contract---although he says he wants to stay at Brighton but if he is only going to feature occasionally once Ulloa is match fit and Craig is back he may see his future elsewhere. IF everyone stays fit once everyone is back then Oscar has the enviable choice of rotating his team. It is going to be a fine juggling act keeping all the players happy whilst not being able to play them all, all of the time!! January will be interesting as we will have to see who stays and IF we get anyone else in--as the team stands I think it will be the job of the Management to try and keep the current squad in tact and not get anyone else in. Love to see Conway here permanently---Lita will go back as he has not featured. Interesting few weeks to come. mikeygit

12:40pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Ulloa19 says...

Kuszczak
Ward
Upson
Greer
Bruno
Bridcutt
Ince
Orlandi
Buckley
LuaLua
Ulloa

Subs: Brezovan, El-Abd, Calderon Crofts, Agustien, Barnes, CMS
Kuszczak Ward Upson Greer Bruno Bridcutt Ince Orlandi Buckley LuaLua Ulloa Subs: Brezovan, El-Abd, Calderon Crofts, Agustien, Barnes, CMS Ulloa19

12:44pm Sun 15 Dec 13

mark by the sea says...

Interesting times ahead, cms is 6-8 weeks away from being close to fitness,
Barnes is 6 months away from walking..
And our outstanding defence are a year away from retirement..
Can the Albion offer contracts to Barnes , Conway, knowing that they won't cut it in the premiership?
If we send Lita back in two weeks, do we bring in loan ?
Will bridcutt / ulloa still be here come mid January?

All in all the squad is strong, Garcia has now picked ince / bridcutt in midfield, something a lot of fans wanted from early season... Best news for Garcia is simple, he will have a lot of disappointed players when squad is fit!
Interesting times ahead, cms is 6-8 weeks away from being close to fitness, Barnes is 6 months away from walking.. And our outstanding defence are a year away from retirement.. Can the Albion offer contracts to Barnes , Conway, knowing that they won't cut it in the premiership? If we send Lita back in two weeks, do we bring in loan ? Will bridcutt / ulloa still be here come mid January? All in all the squad is strong, Garcia has now picked ince / bridcutt in midfield, something a lot of fans wanted from early season... Best news for Garcia is simple, he will have a lot of disappointed players when squad is fit! mark by the sea

12:46pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Chi Gull says...

mikeygit wrote:
Shining Star---yes I have asked the question about Craig--WHAT is his progress and when do we expect him back match fit. It is going to be a difficult choice for Oscar---especially upfront . Barnes is playing out of his skin at present--we have Uloa back and Craig sometime soon? No wonder Barnes has not signed a new contract---although he says he wants to stay at Brighton but if he is only going to feature occasionally once Ulloa is match fit and Craig is back he may see his future elsewhere. IF everyone stays fit once everyone is back then Oscar has the enviable choice of rotating his team. It is going to be a fine juggling act keeping all the players happy whilst not being able to play them all, all of the time!! January will be interesting as we will have to see who stays and IF we get anyone else in--as the team stands I think it will be the job of the Management to try and keep the current squad in tact and not get anyone else in. Love to see Conway here permanently---Lita will go back as he has not featured. Interesting few weeks to come.
IF Buckley Lua Lua and Orlandi stay fit, I am not sure we need Conway, or if we do want him back, someone probably has to go in the January window. Don't forget we also have Solly March in reserve.

People keep asking about CMS. He has tweeted that his training has been stepped up and the club has indicated, albeit a month ago, that he was targeted to return in January, but he won't be match fit then.

For me it's about the strength of the squad, not about the best team. Also, as others have said, it also depends on the opposition and how they set up. Getting the right balance is not about putting out your 11 best players. Posters often want all our best attacking players in the starting line up, but that probably isn't going to work. Playing one attacking wide player and having another on the bench is often the best option. Barnes is popular with managers because he can play in more than one position as well as scoring goals and defending when he has to. Put Orlandi, KLL and Buckley in the same team and defensively we will be weaker. The shoe ins for me are Ulloa, Bridcutt, TK, GG, MU and Ward. After that we can mix and match depending on opposition and fitness etc.
[quote][p][bold]mikeygit[/bold] wrote: Shining Star---yes I have asked the question about Craig--WHAT is his progress and when do we expect him back match fit. It is going to be a difficult choice for Oscar---especially upfront . Barnes is playing out of his skin at present--we have Uloa back and Craig sometime soon? No wonder Barnes has not signed a new contract---although he says he wants to stay at Brighton but if he is only going to feature occasionally once Ulloa is match fit and Craig is back he may see his future elsewhere. IF everyone stays fit once everyone is back then Oscar has the enviable choice of rotating his team. It is going to be a fine juggling act keeping all the players happy whilst not being able to play them all, all of the time!! January will be interesting as we will have to see who stays and IF we get anyone else in--as the team stands I think it will be the job of the Management to try and keep the current squad in tact and not get anyone else in. Love to see Conway here permanently---Lita will go back as he has not featured. Interesting few weeks to come.[/p][/quote]IF Buckley Lua Lua and Orlandi stay fit, I am not sure we need Conway, or if we do want him back, someone probably has to go in the January window. Don't forget we also have Solly March in reserve. People keep asking about CMS. He has tweeted that his training has been stepped up and the club has indicated, albeit a month ago, that he was targeted to return in January, but he won't be match fit then. For me it's about the strength of the squad, not about the best team. Also, as others have said, it also depends on the opposition and how they set up. Getting the right balance is not about putting out your 11 best players. Posters often want all our best attacking players in the starting line up, but that probably isn't going to work. Playing one attacking wide player and having another on the bench is often the best option. Barnes is popular with managers because he can play in more than one position as well as scoring goals and defending when he has to. Put Orlandi, KLL and Buckley in the same team and defensively we will be weaker. The shoe ins for me are Ulloa, Bridcutt, TK, GG, MU and Ward. After that we can mix and match depending on opposition and fitness etc. Chi Gull

1:34pm Sun 15 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

Thanks guys for the info on Craig--I am of the older generation and do not cut it with all these social media sites---e-mail just does me fine!! So maybe that is the reason I am not up to speed on Craigs return to fitness. Lots of good and interesting posts on who wants who in the team---come January I think we will have a better idea who Oscar has to select. The best team is the one that gives the opposition the most trouble and that team depends upon who Brighton are playing!
Thanks guys for the info on Craig--I am of the older generation and do not cut it with all these social media sites---e-mail just does me fine!! So maybe that is the reason I am not up to speed on Craigs return to fitness. Lots of good and interesting posts on who wants who in the team---come January I think we will have a better idea who Oscar has to select. The best team is the one that gives the opposition the most trouble and that team depends upon who Brighton are playing! mikeygit

6:43pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Vince says...

Tom
Ward
El-Abd
Upson
Bruno
Crofts
Bridcutt
Ince
orlandi
Ulloa
Lua lua or Buckley
Tom Ward El-Abd Upson Bruno Crofts Bridcutt Ince orlandi Ulloa Lua lua or Buckley Vince

6:50pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Vince says...

Alternatively:-
Kuscsak/Brezovan or Ankergren
Ward/Calderon
El-Abd/Greer
Upson
Bruno
Crofts/Forster Caskey
Bridcutt
Ince/Agustien
Orlandi/Lua Lua
Ulloa/Barnes
Buckley/CMS or March

The players after the stroke are the subs.
Alternatively:- Kuscsak/Brezovan or Ankergren Ward/Calderon El-Abd/Greer Upson Bruno Crofts/Forster Caskey Bridcutt Ince/Agustien Orlandi/Lua Lua Ulloa/Barnes Buckley/CMS or March The players after the stroke are the subs. Vince

10:00pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Vince says...

Chi Gull wrote:
mikeygit wrote: Shining Star---yes I have asked the question about Craig--WHAT is his progress and when do we expect him back match fit. It is going to be a difficult choice for Oscar---especially upfront . Barnes is playing out of his skin at present--we have Uloa back and Craig sometime soon? No wonder Barnes has not signed a new contract---although he says he wants to stay at Brighton but if he is only going to feature occasionally once Ulloa is match fit and Craig is back he may see his future elsewhere. IF everyone stays fit once everyone is back then Oscar has the enviable choice of rotating his team. It is going to be a fine juggling act keeping all the players happy whilst not being able to play them all, all of the time!! January will be interesting as we will have to see who stays and IF we get anyone else in--as the team stands I think it will be the job of the Management to try and keep the current squad in tact and not get anyone else in. Love to see Conway here permanently---Lita will go back as he has not featured. Interesting few weeks to come.
IF Buckley Lua Lua and Orlandi stay fit, I am not sure we need Conway, or if we do want him back, someone probably has to go in the January window. Don't forget we also have Solly March in reserve. People keep asking about CMS. He has tweeted that his training has been stepped up and the club has indicated, albeit a month ago, that he was targeted to return in January, but he won't be match fit then. For me it's about the strength of the squad, not about the best team. Also, as others have said, it also depends on the opposition and how they set up. Getting the right balance is not about putting out your 11 best players. Posters often want all our best attacking players in the starting line up, but that probably isn't going to work. Playing one attacking wide player and having another on the bench is often the best option. Barnes is popular with managers because he can play in more than one position as well as scoring goals and defending when he has to. Put Orlandi, KLL and Buckley in the same team and defensively we will be weaker. The shoe ins for me are Ulloa, Bridcutt, TK, GG, MU and Ward. After that we can mix and match depending on opposition and fitness etc.
Gordon Greer isn't a shoe-in as far as I'm concerned. His lack of pace means that he drops deeper and deeper to defend, and he passes sideways and backwards too much. This was apparent against Barnsley, who were only too happy to push further forward. The 1-2 scoreline was not a fluke. We gave them far too much respect, and they took advantage of our negativity and slow build up. Whilst this wasn't all down to GG, as captain he set the tone for our play, and when he was on the ball the build up was far too pedestrian.
[quote][p][bold]Chi Gull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mikeygit[/bold] wrote: Shining Star---yes I have asked the question about Craig--WHAT is his progress and when do we expect him back match fit. It is going to be a difficult choice for Oscar---especially upfront . Barnes is playing out of his skin at present--we have Uloa back and Craig sometime soon? No wonder Barnes has not signed a new contract---although he says he wants to stay at Brighton but if he is only going to feature occasionally once Ulloa is match fit and Craig is back he may see his future elsewhere. IF everyone stays fit once everyone is back then Oscar has the enviable choice of rotating his team. It is going to be a fine juggling act keeping all the players happy whilst not being able to play them all, all of the time!! January will be interesting as we will have to see who stays and IF we get anyone else in--as the team stands I think it will be the job of the Management to try and keep the current squad in tact and not get anyone else in. Love to see Conway here permanently---Lita will go back as he has not featured. Interesting few weeks to come.[/p][/quote]IF Buckley Lua Lua and Orlandi stay fit, I am not sure we need Conway, or if we do want him back, someone probably has to go in the January window. Don't forget we also have Solly March in reserve. People keep asking about CMS. He has tweeted that his training has been stepped up and the club has indicated, albeit a month ago, that he was targeted to return in January, but he won't be match fit then. For me it's about the strength of the squad, not about the best team. Also, as others have said, it also depends on the opposition and how they set up. Getting the right balance is not about putting out your 11 best players. Posters often want all our best attacking players in the starting line up, but that probably isn't going to work. Playing one attacking wide player and having another on the bench is often the best option. Barnes is popular with managers because he can play in more than one position as well as scoring goals and defending when he has to. Put Orlandi, KLL and Buckley in the same team and defensively we will be weaker. The shoe ins for me are Ulloa, Bridcutt, TK, GG, MU and Ward. After that we can mix and match depending on opposition and fitness etc.[/p][/quote]Gordon Greer isn't a shoe-in as far as I'm concerned. His lack of pace means that he drops deeper and deeper to defend, and he passes sideways and backwards too much. This was apparent against Barnsley, who were only too happy to push further forward. The 1-2 scoreline was not a fluke. We gave them far too much respect, and they took advantage of our negativity and slow build up. Whilst this wasn't all down to GG, as captain he set the tone for our play, and when he was on the ball the build up was far too pedestrian. Vince

9:08am Mon 16 Dec 13

shining star says...

yeaaaa just read we're going after Conway again ...get him back I say !
yeaaaa just read we're going after Conway again ...get him back I say ! shining star

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