Kuszczak has Premier goal

The Argus: Tomasz Kuszczak is pointing towards a Premier league return with Albion. Tomasz Kuszczak is pointing towards a Premier league return with Albion.

Tomasz Kuszczak has already achieved plenty during his career.

Albion's No. 1 featured for Manchester United in the Premier League and the Champions League.

He went to a World Cup with Poland but, at 31, Kuszczak is still driven by a burning desire to play regularly at the top level.

It is a goal he hopes to reach with the Seagulls.

Kuszczak has missed Albion's last two matches with a stomach muscle injury.

Peter Brezovan has performed capably in his absence in consecutive victories against Leicester and Middlesbrough and may be required again against Huddersfield at The Amex on Saturday.

But Kuszczak will soon be adding to the 64 appearances he has already made in less than a season-and-a-half with Albion.

That is three more than he had in six years at United. Kuszczak's switch from the Theatre of Dreams to the club that used to play at the Theatre of Trees has been well and truly vindicated.

Kuszczak said: "I made my appearances (at United) over a lot longer period. That's why I decided to move somewhere where I am going to get more games and prove to everyone that I can play week after week.

"At Manchester United I played Champions League games, top games against top teams. It was a little bit different pressure too, because when you play against Liverpool, for example, for United there is always a pressure there which can only help your career.

"That's what happened with me. I didn't play regularly but now I have used my years of experience at Manchester to become a better goalkeeper every week, every game for Brighton.

"I'd really love to play for Brighton for many years but the dream is to go into the Premier League. For me, individually, maybe this is going to sound arrogant, but I want to play in the Premier League, at the top level, to see my game on Sky every week, not the odd game here and there.

"I want to be there and have this little bit different excitement. The Premier League is something special, so much different to the Championship with the excitement and the quality level that is produced.

"That is why I decided to come, play regularly, prove myself, become a better goalkeeper, have good form and help the team to be promoted.

"Everything that has happened in this club in the last two or three years is fantastic, the facilities and the football, the spirit and the interest of fans. Everything is just pointing in one direction.

"That's why I want to be part of it. I hope there are going to be more and more games and we are going to be here after 600 games having the same conversation. Another ten years maybe? Why not if I'm fit!

"The Premier League is the place I want to be and wouldn't it be great if I can go there with Brighton?"

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3:28pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ex-pat Arnie says...

He sure knows how to say the right things - THIS is how you state your personal ambitions and keep onside with the fans :-)
He sure knows how to say the right things - THIS is how you state your personal ambitions and keep onside with the fans :-) Ex-pat Arnie

3:41pm Tue 17 Dec 13

tug509 says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
He sure knows how to say the right things - THIS is how you state your personal ambitions and keep onside with the fans :-)
Absolutely,i just hope he does achieve his goal with us,ooh did i really say that !. UTA :0)
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: He sure knows how to say the right things - THIS is how you state your personal ambitions and keep onside with the fans :-)[/p][/quote]Absolutely,i just hope he does achieve his goal with us,ooh did i really say that !. UTA :0) tug509

3:49pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Mancgulled says...

...and those performances he made for my home town weren't perfunctory - they came by merit - he was and still is the real deal - class is permanent!
...and those performances he made for my home town weren't perfunctory - they came by merit - he was and still is the real deal - class is permanent! Mancgulled

3:49pm Tue 17 Dec 13

dave from bexill says...

Off thread; Paul Barber acknowledges and explains difficulties with Seagulls Player on the club website, in response to letters he has received from supporters, some of whom have raised the issue in the Argus.
Off thread; Paul Barber acknowledges and explains difficulties with Seagulls Player on the club website, in response to letters he has received from supporters, some of whom have raised the issue in the Argus. dave from bexill

3:58pm Tue 17 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
He sure knows how to say the right things - THIS is how you state your personal ambitions and keep onside with the fans :-)
With his contract expiring next summer I would like to see the club offer him a new deal, especially since his words in the article clearly state his desire to play in the prem. Yes he is talking in a way that keeps him onside with the fans, but those words also act as a shop window statement, IMHO.
Offer him a new deal right now, a deal that reflects his value to the club and see if he takes it just as quickly as it was offered, any dithering on his part would say a lot.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: He sure knows how to say the right things - THIS is how you state your personal ambitions and keep onside with the fans :-)[/p][/quote]With his contract expiring next summer I would like to see the club offer him a new deal, especially since his words in the article clearly state his desire to play in the prem. Yes he is talking in a way that keeps him onside with the fans, but those words also act as a shop window statement, IMHO. Offer him a new deal right now, a deal that reflects his value to the club and see if he takes it just as quickly as it was offered, any dithering on his part would say a lot. VegasSeagull

4:00pm Tue 17 Dec 13

championshipgull says...

Former Spurs chairman Lord Alan Sugar on recent events at Tottenham

“The money was spent irresponsibly, in the sense that you can't just go and buy, quickly, seven players and shove them into a team”

The target for Albion is not to get to the Premier League but to get to the Premier league and stay there. To achieve that we need players in the side that can succeed at the top level before we get promoted. Tomasz Kuszczak, amongst others is one of those players we already have. Clearly any team that progresses from the Championship will need to add to the squad, but with 3 or 4 proven Prem players that fit in with the promoted side, not 7 or 8 shoved in. Brighton are building for an extended stay in the topflight .My hope is Tomasz is still with us but with or without, We Will Succeed.
Former Spurs chairman Lord Alan Sugar on recent events at Tottenham “The money was spent irresponsibly, in the sense that you can't just go and buy, quickly, seven players and shove them into a team” The target for Albion is not to get to the Premier League but to get to the Premier league and stay there. To achieve that we need players in the side that can succeed at the top level before we get promoted. Tomasz Kuszczak, amongst others is one of those players we already have. Clearly any team that progresses from the Championship will need to add to the squad, but with 3 or 4 proven Prem players that fit in with the promoted side, not 7 or 8 shoved in. Brighton are building for an extended stay in the topflight .My hope is Tomasz is still with us but with or without, We Will Succeed. championshipgull

4:55pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Clean Sheet says...

I am a huge fan of TK, and he has been fantastic for the club. Probably my runner up to LB for player of the season last year. However, you could read his artcle above as a bit of a threat. He wants to paly in the PL again. Understood. He would like to with Brighton, but you could read the article as a come and get me.
I am a huge fan of TK, and he has been fantastic for the club. Probably my runner up to LB for player of the season last year. However, you could read his artcle above as a bit of a threat. He wants to paly in the PL again. Understood. He would like to with Brighton, but you could read the article as a come and get me. Clean Sheet

5:21pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

He came from the biggest club in the land on a two-year deal to a club apparently on the up, no doubt thinking it was a good investment for his future (basically as he's saying). Given he would prefer to get back to the Premiership with this club, I feel his statement is entirely reasonable and his self-belief is to be applauded. If Albion don't get promotion he'll be open to offers. I don't think he'll sign anything with the Albion until the outcome of this season is known.

Albion - get promotion!
He came from the biggest club in the land on a two-year deal to a club apparently on the up, no doubt thinking it was a good investment for his future (basically as he's saying). Given he would prefer to get back to the Premiership with this club, I feel his statement is entirely reasonable and his self-belief is to be applauded. If Albion don't get promotion he'll be open to offers. I don't think he'll sign anything with the Albion until the outcome of this season is known. Albion - get promotion! Willie, Willie Irvine

5:34pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Joel'sGrandad says...

The Tottenham situation just goes to show that money does not guarantee success. Blowing all that Gareth Bale money and more on 7 new players has clearly not produced a team to win anything yet. Unfortunately the club wants instant success for that sort of spend and AVB has miscalculated.
We, the fans have got expectation but we need to temper it with patience and I for one am pleased they way things are going with our club.
Tomasz is clearly ambitious but he also needs to be patient but I have a feeling that we are going places and if not this year then next. So stick with us TK. You won't regret it.UTA
The Tottenham situation just goes to show that money does not guarantee success. Blowing all that Gareth Bale money and more on 7 new players has clearly not produced a team to win anything yet. Unfortunately the club wants instant success for that sort of spend and AVB has miscalculated. We, the fans have got expectation but we need to temper it with patience and I for one am pleased they way things are going with our club. Tomasz is clearly ambitious but he also needs to be patient but I have a feeling that we are going places and if not this year then next. So stick with us TK. You won't regret it.UTA Joel'sGrandad

6:08pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Far gull says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
The Tottenham situation just goes to show that money does not guarantee success. Blowing all that Gareth Bale money and more on 7 new players has clearly not produced a team to win anything yet. Unfortunately the club wants instant success for that sort of spend and AVB has miscalculated.
We, the fans have got expectation but we need to temper it with patience and I for one am pleased they way things are going with our club.
Tomasz is clearly ambitious but he also needs to be patient but I have a feeling that we are going places and if not this year then next. So stick with us TK. You won't regret it.UTA
Fully agree ,if imho ..you want to look at the game in general and there are to many to name ( zaha and a certain mr p) that have jumped for the money or glory to soon ,to then actually see their career's go backwards . In one more season TK would be excused as liam would be now if it was a non struggling prem club,for example in Albion's history i don't think i ever heard a dissenting voice regarding lawro, gary stevens or Micheal Robinson's departures because they had all given their all for our club and had once in a career opportunities with good clubs and more money for them.
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: The Tottenham situation just goes to show that money does not guarantee success. Blowing all that Gareth Bale money and more on 7 new players has clearly not produced a team to win anything yet. Unfortunately the club wants instant success for that sort of spend and AVB has miscalculated. We, the fans have got expectation but we need to temper it with patience and I for one am pleased they way things are going with our club. Tomasz is clearly ambitious but he also needs to be patient but I have a feeling that we are going places and if not this year then next. So stick with us TK. You won't regret it.UTA[/p][/quote]Fully agree ,if imho ..you want to look at the game in general and there are to many to name ( zaha and a certain mr p) that have jumped for the money or glory to soon ,to then actually see their career's go backwards . In one more season TK would be excused as liam would be now if it was a non struggling prem club,for example in Albion's history i don't think i ever heard a dissenting voice regarding lawro, gary stevens or Micheal Robinson's departures because they had all given their all for our club and had once in a career opportunities with good clubs and more money for them. Far gull

6:33pm Tue 17 Dec 13

SMF20 says...

That's both Liam and TK that have stated a desire to play in the premiership and hopefully with Brighton.

For me this is extremely encouraging and it kind of hand the reigns to our management team.
Both deserve the biggest stage and so it is now over to us to either support their personal ambition ourselves or let them move on to someone that will.

My hope is that we might find a few quid in January and have a real push in the 2nd half of the season.
On the other side of the coin, I accept we are not made of money and need to balance the books.
Be a shame to lost Leo, Liam and TK if we don't push on but ambition, I guess, has to be weighed up with finances.

Uta
That's both Liam and TK that have stated a desire to play in the premiership and hopefully with Brighton. For me this is extremely encouraging and it kind of hand the reigns to our management team. Both deserve the biggest stage and so it is now over to us to either support their personal ambition ourselves or let them move on to someone that will. My hope is that we might find a few quid in January and have a real push in the 2nd half of the season. On the other side of the coin, I accept we are not made of money and need to balance the books. Be a shame to lost Leo, Liam and TK if we don't push on but ambition, I guess, has to be weighed up with finances. Uta SMF20

6:55pm Tue 17 Dec 13

namgo49 says...

To be blunt it is unlikely we shall get promoted so if TK ambitions lie with the Premier league then he will be off. He would get a game at Sunderland, oh but they wll be down in the Championship with us next year.
To be blunt it is unlikely we shall get promoted so if TK ambitions lie with the Premier league then he will be off. He would get a game at Sunderland, oh but they wll be down in the Championship with us next year. namgo49

7:31pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Baldseagull says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
He sure knows how to say the right things - THIS is how you state your personal ambitions and keep onside with the fans :-)
With his contract expiring next summer I would like to see the club offer him a new deal, especially since his words in the article clearly state his desire to play in the prem. Yes he is talking in a way that keeps him onside with the fans, but those words also act as a shop window statement, IMHO.
Offer him a new deal right now, a deal that reflects his value to the club and see if he takes it just as quickly as it was offered, any dithering on his part would say a lot.
Read the story, he isn't going to jump to sign again with us right now.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: He sure knows how to say the right things - THIS is how you state your personal ambitions and keep onside with the fans :-)[/p][/quote]With his contract expiring next summer I would like to see the club offer him a new deal, especially since his words in the article clearly state his desire to play in the prem. Yes he is talking in a way that keeps him onside with the fans, but those words also act as a shop window statement, IMHO. Offer him a new deal right now, a deal that reflects his value to the club and see if he takes it just as quickly as it was offered, any dithering on his part would say a lot.[/p][/quote]Read the story, he isn't going to jump to sign again with us right now. Baldseagull

8:03pm Tue 17 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

Baldseagull wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
He sure knows how to say the right things - THIS is how you state your personal ambitions and keep onside with the fans :-)
With his contract expiring next summer I would like to see the club offer him a new deal, especially since his words in the article clearly state his desire to play in the prem. Yes he is talking in a way that keeps him onside with the fans, but those words also act as a shop window statement, IMHO.
Offer him a new deal right now, a deal that reflects his value to the club and see if he takes it just as quickly as it was offered, any dithering on his part would say a lot.
Read the story, he isn't going to jump to sign again with us right now.
Well I did read the story, and it was the story that prompted me to comment as I did.
TK is nearing the end of his current contract, it might be that he wants a new and improved contract with us, what better way to help that along than to suggest that he might leave, if the right offer came along, the right offer being a prem club.
It could also be, and I suspect it is, that he wants one final fling in the big time, one last dance, but has he got the patience to have that dance with Brighton, a decent contract offer by us would find out. TK feels that he could compete between the sticks for a few more years, if he can, then a two year deal with us might be long enough to get him in the prem.
There is also the fact that we might well get promoted this season, via the playoffs, as things are shaping up quite nicely right now, who knows what keepers might be available if we do go up, TK, with a new contract, might end up as our second choice, maybe he has thought of that fact too and doesn't want to play second fiddle.

It's football, nothing is ever as clear as it first appears, the agents make sure of that.
[quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: He sure knows how to say the right things - THIS is how you state your personal ambitions and keep onside with the fans :-)[/p][/quote]With his contract expiring next summer I would like to see the club offer him a new deal, especially since his words in the article clearly state his desire to play in the prem. Yes he is talking in a way that keeps him onside with the fans, but those words also act as a shop window statement, IMHO. Offer him a new deal right now, a deal that reflects his value to the club and see if he takes it just as quickly as it was offered, any dithering on his part would say a lot.[/p][/quote]Read the story, he isn't going to jump to sign again with us right now.[/p][/quote]Well I did read the story, and it was the story that prompted me to comment as I did. TK is nearing the end of his current contract, it might be that he wants a new and improved contract with us, what better way to help that along than to suggest that he might leave, if the right offer came along, the right offer being a prem club. It could also be, and I suspect it is, that he wants one final fling in the big time, one last dance, but has he got the patience to have that dance with Brighton, a decent contract offer by us would find out. TK feels that he could compete between the sticks for a few more years, if he can, then a two year deal with us might be long enough to get him in the prem. There is also the fact that we might well get promoted this season, via the playoffs, as things are shaping up quite nicely right now, who knows what keepers might be available if we do go up, TK, with a new contract, might end up as our second choice, maybe he has thought of that fact too and doesn't want to play second fiddle. It's football, nothing is ever as clear as it first appears, the agents make sure of that. VegasSeagull

8:07pm Tue 17 Dec 13

bbb1969 says...

There is a lot of talk about offers for Bridders, Ulloa etc... but would an established pl team look towards championship to 2 players that have been out with injury for a while at least not until the summer and if they have been outstanding. For me this is a year for push and we know we have 4 or 5 of the regulars that could hack it in the pl. We will need more players for the prem and age at the back is not an issue for a couple of years ars. If no luck this year then we will be ok withe the same players plus ds lads next year and I would expect promotion. I am holding out for a great push from now and hope the injuries are kept at bay. A good fa run would also be nice.
There is a lot of talk about offers for Bridders, Ulloa etc... but would an established pl team look towards championship to 2 players that have been out with injury for a while at least not until the summer and if they have been outstanding. For me this is a year for push and we know we have 4 or 5 of the regulars that could hack it in the pl. We will need more players for the prem and age at the back is not an issue for a couple of years ars. If no luck this year then we will be ok withe the same players plus ds lads next year and I would expect promotion. I am holding out for a great push from now and hope the injuries are kept at bay. A good fa run would also be nice. bbb1969

8:24pm Tue 17 Dec 13

ringtone says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
He sure knows how to say the right things - THIS is how you state your personal ambitions and keep onside with the fans :-)
Why cant you take what he says as fact and move on.?
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: He sure knows how to say the right things - THIS is how you state your personal ambitions and keep onside with the fans :-)[/p][/quote]Why cant you take what he says as fact and move on.? ringtone

9:00pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Thewithdeanyears says...

We're going to need a much better keeper if we get go the premier league, along with every other position. Realistically a whole new squad or it will be a very short stay.
We're going to need a much better keeper if we get go the premier league, along with every other position. Realistically a whole new squad or it will be a very short stay. Thewithdeanyears

9:14pm Tue 17 Dec 13

OldGull says...

I think I can smell a couple of trolls around here!

TK has been excellent for us. His performances will once again help us into the play offs and hopefully into the premier.
If we fail, and a premier team offered him regular football I would not begrudge him the opportunity
I think I can smell a couple of trolls around here! TK has been excellent for us. His performances will once again help us into the play offs and hopefully into the premier. If we fail, and a premier team offered him regular football I would not begrudge him the opportunity OldGull

10:12pm Tue 17 Dec 13

brightonup says...

OldGull wrote:
I think I can smell a couple of trolls around here!

TK has been excellent for us. His performances will once again help us into the play offs and hopefully into the premier.
If we fail, and a premier team offered him regular football I would not begrudge him the opportunity
pooh! You're right! I can smell them too!
TK will realise his Premiership ambitions ... with us!
[quote][p][bold]OldGull[/bold] wrote: I think I can smell a couple of trolls around here! TK has been excellent for us. His performances will once again help us into the play offs and hopefully into the premier. If we fail, and a premier team offered him regular football I would not begrudge him the opportunity[/p][/quote]pooh! You're right! I can smell them too! TK will realise his Premiership ambitions ... with us! brightonup

10:45pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Chi Gull says...

Fans who say we should be building a squad of premiership players are not living in the real world. We can't afford that type of player until we get to the premiership. What we can afford now are up and coming players who might do well in the top league (eg Bridcutt and Buckley?) and players who have been in the top leagues and are towards the end of their career (eg Upson and Bruno). We are lucky to have TK - that's for sure.

I would hope we have a nucleus of 7 or 8 players that fit into one of those two categories who would still be team regulars if we got promoted. That would leave 3 or 4 top quality players to be brought in during the summer. Further additions to the squad could only follow if it looked like we were capable of staying there. Inevitably we would start with a much thinner squad of top players than other teams in the top league. That's why promoted teams often struggle.

To have a squad of premiership players in the Championship you need either parachute payments or risk taking a massive gamble that would fall foul of the FFP rules.
Fans who say we should be building a squad of premiership players are not living in the real world. We can't afford that type of player until we get to the premiership. What we can afford now are up and coming players who might do well in the top league (eg Bridcutt and Buckley?) and players who have been in the top leagues and are towards the end of their career (eg Upson and Bruno). We are lucky to have TK - that's for sure. I would hope we have a nucleus of 7 or 8 players that fit into one of those two categories who would still be team regulars if we got promoted. That would leave 3 or 4 top quality players to be brought in during the summer. Further additions to the squad could only follow if it looked like we were capable of staying there. Inevitably we would start with a much thinner squad of top players than other teams in the top league. That's why promoted teams often struggle. To have a squad of premiership players in the Championship you need either parachute payments or risk taking a massive gamble that would fall foul of the FFP rules. Chi Gull

11:26pm Tue 17 Dec 13

mark by the sea says...

bbb1969 wrote:
There is a lot of talk about offers for Bridders, Ulloa etc... but would an established pl team look towards championship to 2 players that have been out with injury for a while at least not until the summer and if they have been outstanding. For me this is a year for push and we know we have 4 or 5 of the regulars that could hack it in the pl. We will need more players for the prem and age at the back is not an issue for a couple of years ars. If no luck this year then we will be ok withe the same players plus ds lads next year and I would expect promotion. I am holding out for a great push from now and hope the injuries are kept at bay. A good fa run would also be nice.
Yes of course a team would look at a player once his injury has repaired,
Several clubs will be close to the drop zone , and managers and chairman panicking over the drop !
Norwich, villa and I believe Fulham have all watched him, the Albion are watching matt Richie ..
While the club can't build a premiership side now, we are 10 players light of a squad close to staying in the premiership.
Keeper
4 defenders, 4 midfielders and another striker.
[quote][p][bold]bbb1969[/bold] wrote: There is a lot of talk about offers for Bridders, Ulloa etc... but would an established pl team look towards championship to 2 players that have been out with injury for a while at least not until the summer and if they have been outstanding. For me this is a year for push and we know we have 4 or 5 of the regulars that could hack it in the pl. We will need more players for the prem and age at the back is not an issue for a couple of years ars. If no luck this year then we will be ok withe the same players plus ds lads next year and I would expect promotion. I am holding out for a great push from now and hope the injuries are kept at bay. A good fa run would also be nice.[/p][/quote]Yes of course a team would look at a player once his injury has repaired, Several clubs will be close to the drop zone , and managers and chairman panicking over the drop ! Norwich, villa and I believe Fulham have all watched him, the Albion are watching matt Richie .. While the club can't build a premiership side now, we are 10 players light of a squad close to staying in the premiership. Keeper 4 defenders, 4 midfielders and another striker. mark by the sea

1:49am Wed 18 Dec 13

Captain Haddock says...

Although there's the distinct whiff of a warning to this statement, I echo the overall sentiments and sincerely hope we make it there - together - asap.

He won't wait for us to achieve forever though. I'm ready after 30 long years out the limelight.

Now is the time!
Although there's the distinct whiff of a warning to this statement, I echo the overall sentiments and sincerely hope we make it there - together - asap. He won't wait for us to achieve forever though. I'm ready after 30 long years out the limelight. Now is the time! Captain Haddock

7:29am Wed 18 Dec 13

Far gull says...

Captain Haddock wrote:
Although there's the distinct whiff of a warning to this statement, I echo the overall sentiments and sincerely hope we make it there - together - asap.

He won't wait for us to achieve forever though. I'm ready after 30 long years out the limelight.

Now is the time!
I'm with you captain,we are as fans already I believe. We have no Devine right but it has been to long and with the clubs catchment area we could even grow beyond most fans dreams given the prem exposure and Tony's leadership.
We lost to many years for many reasons to mention but are making up ground now.
[quote][p][bold]Captain Haddock[/bold] wrote: Although there's the distinct whiff of a warning to this statement, I echo the overall sentiments and sincerely hope we make it there - together - asap. He won't wait for us to achieve forever though. I'm ready after 30 long years out the limelight. Now is the time![/p][/quote]I'm with you captain,we are as fans already I believe. We have no Devine right but it has been to long and with the clubs catchment area we could even grow beyond most fans dreams given the prem exposure and Tony's leadership. We lost to many years for many reasons to mention but are making up ground now. Far gull

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