Chicksen's debut is just another day at the office

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Adam Chicksen has revealed how Albion ensured his debut for the club was just another day at the office.

The young left-back got his first competitive playing time for the Seagulls as substitute for the dazed Stephen Ward at Blackpool yesterday.

But he said he felt at home straight away after working with the first team regulars on a daily basis.

Chicksen has struggled to make matchday 18s since his switch from MK Dons in the summer on a three-year deal but slotted in smoothly at Bloomfield Road.

He said of his debut: “It has been long-awaited. I’ve been keeping my head down, working hard and waiting for that opportunity.

“I’m happy to get it out of the way.

“The lads have been welcoming all season.

“They have kept me in around the squad so, when I came on, it felt like just another day at the office.”

Chicksen helped the Seagulls bounce back from their Boxing Day disappointment at Charlton.

He said: “To get the 1-0 is a great result. It shows our resilience. This is a hard place to come to.”

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8:13am Mon 30 Dec 13

Uckfield Seagull says...

Great result, fair play to the lad, had a solid game, the team and management deserve a lot of credit for forcing their way into the promotion race, with our injured players coming back to fitness it will be like signing 3 or 4 more quality players, if we can keep Tomas, Bridders, Orlandi, Buckley, Ulloa, Lua Lua, Crofts, fit then there is a real chance we can get promoted via play offs or automatically
Great result, fair play to the lad, had a solid game, the team and management deserve a lot of credit for forcing their way into the promotion race, with our injured players coming back to fitness it will be like signing 3 or 4 more quality players, if we can keep Tomas, Bridders, Orlandi, Buckley, Ulloa, Lua Lua, Crofts, fit then there is a real chance we can get promoted via play offs or automatically Uckfield Seagull

8:32am Mon 30 Dec 13

keswick says...

Good luck to the lad and hopefully he will e up to filling that berth on a regular basis. I think that come the summer the defence requires major surgery. GG is not the quickest and is ageing and with the odd exceptions I am not that impressed by Bruno. I C is a good deputy but a new right back is a priority.
Good luck to the lad and hopefully he will e up to filling that berth on a regular basis. I think that come the summer the defence requires major surgery. GG is not the quickest and is ageing and with the odd exceptions I am not that impressed by Bruno. I C is a good deputy but a new right back is a priority. keswick

10:39am Mon 30 Dec 13

Joel'sGrandad says...

Sounds like Adam slotted in very well just like Peter Brezovan and Adam El-Abd did recently. From the fan's point of view this is very encouraging because we seem to be very professional in every aspect of the club under Oscar. Watch us go in 2014. UTA
Sounds like Adam slotted in very well just like Peter Brezovan and Adam El-Abd did recently. From the fan's point of view this is very encouraging because we seem to be very professional in every aspect of the club under Oscar. Watch us go in 2014. UTA Joel'sGrandad

10:42am Mon 30 Dec 13

Joel'sGrandad says...

Just noticed Chicksen and Ince look like twins in the photo.
Just noticed Chicksen and Ince look like twins in the photo. Joel'sGrandad

1:09pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Albion In Staffs says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
Sounds like Adam slotted in very well just like Peter Brezovan and Adam El-Abd did recently. From the fan's point of view this is very encouraging because we seem to be very professional in every aspect of the club under Oscar. Watch us go in 2014. UTA
Totally agree. It's just a shame there are many on here who only recognise it after we've won...
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: Sounds like Adam slotted in very well just like Peter Brezovan and Adam El-Abd did recently. From the fan's point of view this is very encouraging because we seem to be very professional in every aspect of the club under Oscar. Watch us go in 2014. UTA[/p][/quote]Totally agree. It's just a shame there are many on here who only recognise it after we've won... Albion In Staffs

1:11pm Mon 30 Dec 13

mark by the sea says...

Fans need to make some noise from the first minute, and get three points against Bournemouth .... Ulloa x2 and say goodbye to bridcutt
Fans need to make some noise from the first minute, and get three points against Bournemouth .... Ulloa x2 and say goodbye to bridcutt mark by the sea

1:24pm Mon 30 Dec 13

golddene says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Fans need to make some noise from the first minute, and get three points against Bournemouth .... Ulloa x2 and say goodbye to bridcutt
Hi Mark, agree with the noise suggestion but really hope you and the other guys who are intimating the end of Bridders at the Amex are wrong. You cannot just replace a player of Bridcutt's quality without spending premier league money and that we just aint got realistically
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Fans need to make some noise from the first minute, and get three points against Bournemouth .... Ulloa x2 and say goodbye to bridcutt[/p][/quote]Hi Mark, agree with the noise suggestion but really hope you and the other guys who are intimating the end of Bridders at the Amex are wrong. You cannot just replace a player of Bridcutt's quality without spending premier league money and that we just aint got realistically golddene

1:29pm Mon 30 Dec 13

golddene says...

Oh and congratulations to Adam Chicksen for a long awaited and successful debut.Very well done Adam and here's to many more displays like yesterday the future is looking good in the safe hands of our board and management team.
Happy and prosperous new year to all contributors on this site and to all at the club.Seagulls.
Oh and congratulations to Adam Chicksen for a long awaited and successful debut.Very well done Adam and here's to many more displays like yesterday the future is looking good in the safe hands of our board and management team. Happy and prosperous new year to all contributors on this site and to all at the club.Seagulls. golddene

2:20pm Mon 30 Dec 13

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

golddene wrote:
mark by the sea wrote:
Fans need to make some noise from the first minute, and get three points against Bournemouth .... Ulloa x2 and say goodbye to bridcutt
Hi Mark, agree with the noise suggestion but really hope you and the other guys who are intimating the end of Bridders at the Amex are wrong. You cannot just replace a player of Bridcutt's quality without spending premier league money and that we just aint got realistically
We've already replaced Bridcutt, his name is Ince, and for the last two games you may, or may not have noticed that Bridcutt did not play in his usual holding role in front of the back four because I'm sure the management know there's a possibility he'll be gone tnis week and they need to blood someone else in that position.

Against Charlton, Andrews played in Bridcutts normal position, and was crap to be honest, and against Blackpool Ince played in that role and as usual did very well. In both games Bridcutt was moved into a further forward central midfield position and to be fair he played very poorly in that role.

I think Bridcutt will be gone next week but only if someone stumps up £4m or more. Not really concerned about it, we've done without him for two months with his injury, we did well in that period, we have Ince as a ready made replacement, and we could put £4m to good use I'm sure.
[quote][p][bold]golddene[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Fans need to make some noise from the first minute, and get three points against Bournemouth .... Ulloa x2 and say goodbye to bridcutt[/p][/quote]Hi Mark, agree with the noise suggestion but really hope you and the other guys who are intimating the end of Bridders at the Amex are wrong. You cannot just replace a player of Bridcutt's quality without spending premier league money and that we just aint got realistically[/p][/quote]We've already replaced Bridcutt, his name is Ince, and for the last two games you may, or may not have noticed that Bridcutt did not play in his usual holding role in front of the back four because I'm sure the management know there's a possibility he'll be gone tnis week and they need to blood someone else in that position. Against Charlton, Andrews played in Bridcutts normal position, and was crap to be honest, and against Blackpool Ince played in that role and as usual did very well. In both games Bridcutt was moved into a further forward central midfield position and to be fair he played very poorly in that role. I think Bridcutt will be gone next week but only if someone stumps up £4m or more. Not really concerned about it, we've done without him for two months with his injury, we did well in that period, we have Ince as a ready made replacement, and we could put £4m to good use I'm sure. PressBoxTeaBoy

2:27pm Mon 30 Dec 13

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

And I might add, As much as I love Bridcutt in our team, I think Ince over the long term will be an ever better all round player than Bridcutt. He's more versatile, has the height and pace that little o'l Liam doesn't have.

Love to have them both in the team, but if Liam goes, good luck to him, he deserves the new challenge.
And I might add, As much as I love Bridcutt in our team, I think Ince over the long term will be an ever better all round player than Bridcutt. He's more versatile, has the height and pace that little o'l Liam doesn't have. Love to have them both in the team, but if Liam goes, good luck to him, he deserves the new challenge. PressBoxTeaBoy

3:20pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Clean Sheet says...

Sounds like Chicksen did a great job on his debut. Yet another of the development squad starting to come through, like Ince, And JFC. These guys seem to be improving more under the current regime than the last. This bodes well for a sustainable future.
Sounds like Chicksen did a great job on his debut. Yet another of the development squad starting to come through, like Ince, And JFC. These guys seem to be improving more under the current regime than the last. This bodes well for a sustainable future. Clean Sheet

4:29pm Mon 30 Dec 13

GosportGull says...

Brilliant to see Adam get his chance and take it .. I think we need to be looking now at young potential defenders for next season. I would also love to see Solly March get a look in , maybe with the FA Cup game coming up ... I do think Ince is a wonderful player but i will say we already have plenty of midfielders and i would love to see him at CB ... Just a thought ! His height , strength and amazing timing of tackles would make him an ideal replacement for GG. I also think we need to look for another CB and a right back too.

Im looking forward to the Bmouth game , lets do a proper job on them this time and not the half hearted game at their place...3-0 will do very nicely please :) Be good for the GD too :) UTA
Brilliant to see Adam get his chance and take it .. I think we need to be looking now at young potential defenders for next season. I would also love to see Solly March get a look in , maybe with the FA Cup game coming up ... I do think Ince is a wonderful player but i will say we already have plenty of midfielders and i would love to see him at CB ... Just a thought ! His height , strength and amazing timing of tackles would make him an ideal replacement for GG. I also think we need to look for another CB and a right back too. Im looking forward to the Bmouth game , lets do a proper job on them this time and not the half hearted game at their place...3-0 will do very nicely please :) Be good for the GD too :) UTA GosportGull

4:43pm Mon 30 Dec 13

SeagullOverSelsey says...

PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
And I might add, As much as I love Bridcutt in our team, I think Ince over the long term will be an ever better all round player than Bridcutt. He's more versatile, has the height and pace that little o'l Liam doesn't have.

Love to have them both in the team, but if Liam goes, good luck to him, he deserves the new challenge.
I agree-with Ince a young Patrick Vieira springs to mind.If Liam goes the fee should be earmarked to buy Conway and another striker.Forget Keith Andrews-by all means retain him until his loan period runs out at the end of the season then let him go.
[quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: And I might add, As much as I love Bridcutt in our team, I think Ince over the long term will be an ever better all round player than Bridcutt. He's more versatile, has the height and pace that little o'l Liam doesn't have. Love to have them both in the team, but if Liam goes, good luck to him, he deserves the new challenge.[/p][/quote]I agree-with Ince a young Patrick Vieira springs to mind.If Liam goes the fee should be earmarked to buy Conway and another striker.Forget Keith Andrews-by all means retain him until his loan period runs out at the end of the season then let him go. SeagullOverSelsey

4:56pm Mon 30 Dec 13

sussexram40 says...

Bridders is going to join up with Gus on Wearside, Ulloa possibly as well but there will be a fight over the fee.
Ince can replace Bridcutt quite well so £2 million will be worth having.
Bridders is going to join up with Gus on Wearside, Ulloa possibly as well but there will be a fight over the fee. Ince can replace Bridcutt quite well so £2 million will be worth having. sussexram40

5:11pm Mon 30 Dec 13

brightonup says...

Do not be tempted to respond to sussexscum40; he is an odious troll and loves the attention!
Do not be tempted to respond to sussexscum40; he is an odious troll and loves the attention! brightonup

5:13pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Alfie T says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Bridders is going to join up with Gus on Wearside, Ulloa possibly as well but there will be a fight over the fee.
Ince can replace Bridcutt quite well so £2 million will be worth having.
Irrelevant post, irrelevant poster.
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Bridders is going to join up with Gus on Wearside, Ulloa possibly as well but there will be a fight over the fee. Ince can replace Bridcutt quite well so £2 million will be worth having.[/p][/quote]Irrelevant post, irrelevant poster. Alfie T

5:14pm Mon 30 Dec 13

brightonup says...

We cannot be sure whether or not Bridcutt will be with us in 2014. I hope he is. However, we should make a noise for him and the (almost) ready made replacement -Rohan Ince!
We cannot be sure whether or not Bridcutt will be with us in 2014. I hope he is. However, we should make a noise for him and the (almost) ready made replacement -Rohan Ince! brightonup

5:15pm Mon 30 Dec 13

brightonup says...

Alfie T wrote:
sussexram40 wrote:
Bridders is going to join up with Gus on Wearside, Ulloa possibly as well but there will be a fight over the fee.
Ince can replace Bridcutt quite well so £2 million will be worth having.
Irrelevant post, irrelevant poster.
Do not be tempted to respond to sussexscum40; he is an odious troll and loves the attention!
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Bridders is going to join up with Gus on Wearside, Ulloa possibly as well but there will be a fight over the fee. Ince can replace Bridcutt quite well so £2 million will be worth having.[/p][/quote]Irrelevant post, irrelevant poster.[/p][/quote]Do not be tempted to respond to sussexscum40; he is an odious troll and loves the attention! brightonup

5:15pm Mon 30 Dec 13

brightonup says...

Alfie T wrote:
sussexram40 wrote:
Bridders is going to join up with Gus on Wearside, Ulloa possibly as well but there will be a fight over the fee.
Ince can replace Bridcutt quite well so £2 million will be worth having.
Irrelevant post, irrelevant poster.
Do not be tempted to respond to sussexscum40; he is an odious troll and loves the attention!
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Bridders is going to join up with Gus on Wearside, Ulloa possibly as well but there will be a fight over the fee. Ince can replace Bridcutt quite well so £2 million will be worth having.[/p][/quote]Irrelevant post, irrelevant poster.[/p][/quote]Do not be tempted to respond to sussexscum40; he is an odious troll and loves the attention! brightonup

5:31pm Mon 30 Dec 13

To baldly go says...

Uckfield Seagull wrote:
Great result, fair play to the lad, had a solid game, the team and management deserve a lot of credit for forcing their way into the promotion race, with our injured players coming back to fitness it will be like signing 3 or 4 more quality players, if we can keep Tomas, Bridders, Orlandi, Buckley, Ulloa, Lua Lua, Crofts, fit then there is a real chance we can get promoted via play offs or automatically
The boy done good as the saying goes, it's strange how these things work out, Ward was bought in on loan because of our need for a left back due to Adams injury, Ward gets injured and we finally see AC in action and what a buy he could turn out to be.
We have young talent all over the park except central defence and right back and possibly a young striker, get these positions covered in the near future and we are sorted for years to come. Like others, I would like to see Solly March get his chance in Buckleys absence, it's worked for Ince, Jfc, and now Chicksen so let's have a look at him, we might not need to buy Conway if March is good enough! UTA
[quote][p][bold]Uckfield Seagull[/bold] wrote: Great result, fair play to the lad, had a solid game, the team and management deserve a lot of credit for forcing their way into the promotion race, with our injured players coming back to fitness it will be like signing 3 or 4 more quality players, if we can keep Tomas, Bridders, Orlandi, Buckley, Ulloa, Lua Lua, Crofts, fit then there is a real chance we can get promoted via play offs or automatically[/p][/quote]The boy done good as the saying goes, it's strange how these things work out, Ward was bought in on loan because of our need for a left back due to Adams injury, Ward gets injured and we finally see AC in action and what a buy he could turn out to be. We have young talent all over the park except central defence and right back and possibly a young striker, get these positions covered in the near future and we are sorted for years to come. Like others, I would like to see Solly March get his chance in Buckleys absence, it's worked for Ince, Jfc, and now Chicksen so let's have a look at him, we might not need to buy Conway if March is good enough! UTA To baldly go

5:34pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Captain Haddock says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
Sounds like Adam slotted in very well just like Peter Brezovan and Adam El-Abd did recently. From the fan's point of view this is very encouraging because we seem to be very professional in every aspect of the club under Oscar. Watch us go in 2014. UTA
Agreed.
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: Sounds like Adam slotted in very well just like Peter Brezovan and Adam El-Abd did recently. From the fan's point of view this is very encouraging because we seem to be very professional in every aspect of the club under Oscar. Watch us go in 2014. UTA[/p][/quote]Agreed. Captain Haddock

5:35pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Captain Haddock says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
Sounds like Adam slotted in very well just like Peter Brezovan and Adam El-Abd did recently. From the fan's point of view this is very encouraging because we seem to be very professional in every aspect of the club under Oscar. Watch us go in 2014. UTA
Agreed.
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: Sounds like Adam slotted in very well just like Peter Brezovan and Adam El-Abd did recently. From the fan's point of view this is very encouraging because we seem to be very professional in every aspect of the club under Oscar. Watch us go in 2014. UTA[/p][/quote]Agreed. Captain Haddock

6:36pm Mon 30 Dec 13

ringtone says...

brightonup wrote:
We cannot be sure whether or not Bridcutt will be with us in 2014. I hope he is. However, we should make a noise for him and the (almost) ready made replacement -Rohan Ince!
Have you apoligized to Vegas?
[quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: We cannot be sure whether or not Bridcutt will be with us in 2014. I hope he is. However, we should make a noise for him and the (almost) ready made replacement -Rohan Ince![/p][/quote]Have you apoligized to Vegas? ringtone

7:01pm Mon 30 Dec 13

brightonup says...

Do not be tempted to respond to dungtone; he is another odious troll and loves the attention!
You can easily recognise him; he cannot spell!
Do not be tempted to respond to dungtone; he is another odious troll and loves the attention! You can easily recognise him; he cannot spell! brightonup

8:11pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Chi Gull says...

Anyone reading the media will have seen that Sunderland don't have much money to spend in the January window. They spent too much in the summer so Gus is either looking for loans/free agents or he will have to sell to buy. Have Sunderland got anyone surplus to requirements that we would want? I suspect not. If Bridcutt or Ulloa are going anywhere, it probably won't be to Sunderland. Also, I am sure either OG or TB were saying a few weeks back that we wouldn't be looking to do much business in January if the majority of our injuries cleared up. My conclusion would be that January is going to be quiet unless its some kind of player exchange, plus fee, or another loan spell for Conway. We do have cover in most positions, especially if CMS is fit in January some time as promised.

On the tactical front, for me it's how the team approach the game as much as the players selected. The team for Leicester looked quite defensive on paper, but we pressed them, moved the ball quickly and looked a threat the whole game. The joy of Bridcutt and Ince is that one of them is always available to attack the ball, but for me you then need Crofts rather than Agustien, as he likes to get forward. Orlandi would be another alternative when and if he is fit.
Anyone reading the media will have seen that Sunderland don't have much money to spend in the January window. They spent too much in the summer so Gus is either looking for loans/free agents or he will have to sell to buy. Have Sunderland got anyone surplus to requirements that we would want? I suspect not. If Bridcutt or Ulloa are going anywhere, it probably won't be to Sunderland. Also, I am sure either OG or TB were saying a few weeks back that we wouldn't be looking to do much business in January if the majority of our injuries cleared up. My conclusion would be that January is going to be quiet unless its some kind of player exchange, plus fee, or another loan spell for Conway. We do have cover in most positions, especially if CMS is fit in January some time as promised. On the tactical front, for me it's how the team approach the game as much as the players selected. The team for Leicester looked quite defensive on paper, but we pressed them, moved the ball quickly and looked a threat the whole game. The joy of Bridcutt and Ince is that one of them is always available to attack the ball, but for me you then need Crofts rather than Agustien, as he likes to get forward. Orlandi would be another alternative when and if he is fit. Chi Gull

8:25pm Mon 30 Dec 13

sussexram40 says...

Can anyone else see Chicksen getting his name misspelt and being called Chicken?
Can anyone else see Chicksen getting his name misspelt and being called Chicken? sussexram40

8:40pm Mon 30 Dec 13

brightonup says...

Chi Gull wrote:
Anyone reading the media will have seen that Sunderland don't have much money to spend in the January window. They spent too much in the summer so Gus is either looking for loans/free agents or he will have to sell to buy. Have Sunderland got anyone surplus to requirements that we would want? I suspect not. If Bridcutt or Ulloa are going anywhere, it probably won't be to Sunderland. Also, I am sure either OG or TB were saying a few weeks back that we wouldn't be looking to do much business in January if the majority of our injuries cleared up. My conclusion would be that January is going to be quiet unless its some kind of player exchange, plus fee, or another loan spell for Conway. We do have cover in most positions, especially if CMS is fit in January some time as promised.

On the tactical front, for me it's how the team approach the game as much as the players selected. The team for Leicester looked quite defensive on paper, but we pressed them, moved the ball quickly and looked a threat the whole game. The joy of Bridcutt and Ince is that one of them is always available to attack the ball, but for me you then need Crofts rather than Agustien, as he likes to get forward. Orlandi would be another alternative when and if he is fit.
Sounds right. Agreed.
[quote][p][bold]Chi Gull[/bold] wrote: Anyone reading the media will have seen that Sunderland don't have much money to spend in the January window. They spent too much in the summer so Gus is either looking for loans/free agents or he will have to sell to buy. Have Sunderland got anyone surplus to requirements that we would want? I suspect not. If Bridcutt or Ulloa are going anywhere, it probably won't be to Sunderland. Also, I am sure either OG or TB were saying a few weeks back that we wouldn't be looking to do much business in January if the majority of our injuries cleared up. My conclusion would be that January is going to be quiet unless its some kind of player exchange, plus fee, or another loan spell for Conway. We do have cover in most positions, especially if CMS is fit in January some time as promised. On the tactical front, for me it's how the team approach the game as much as the players selected. The team for Leicester looked quite defensive on paper, but we pressed them, moved the ball quickly and looked a threat the whole game. The joy of Bridcutt and Ince is that one of them is always available to attack the ball, but for me you then need Crofts rather than Agustien, as he likes to get forward. Orlandi would be another alternative when and if he is fit.[/p][/quote]Sounds right. Agreed. brightonup

9:51pm Mon 30 Dec 13

The Phantom says...

brightonup wrote:
Chi Gull wrote:
Anyone reading the media will have seen that Sunderland don't have much money to spend in the January window. They spent too much in the summer so Gus is either looking for loans/free agents or he will have to sell to buy. Have Sunderland got anyone surplus to requirements that we would want? I suspect not. If Bridcutt or Ulloa are going anywhere, it probably won't be to Sunderland. Also, I am sure either OG or TB were saying a few weeks back that we wouldn't be looking to do much business in January if the majority of our injuries cleared up. My conclusion would be that January is going to be quiet unless its some kind of player exchange, plus fee, or another loan spell for Conway. We do have cover in most positions, especially if CMS is fit in January some time as promised.

On the tactical front, for me it's how the team approach the game as much as the players selected. The team for Leicester looked quite defensive on paper, but we pressed them, moved the ball quickly and looked a threat the whole game. The joy of Bridcutt and Ince is that one of them is always available to attack the ball, but for me you then need Crofts rather than Agustien, as he likes to get forward. Orlandi would be another alternative when and if he is fit.
Sounds right. Agreed.
Agree with most of this. Having watched Sunderland once or twice recently, the central midfield of their squad looks one of the stronger areas - Ki, Cattermole, Craig Gardner. O.K. it is not outstanding but feel that Sunderland have far bigger weaknesses elsewhere in the squad. Fletcher has been on the bench a lot recently so possibly Gus might consider Ulloa an upgrade in that position - whether they have the money remains to be seen.
[quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chi Gull[/bold] wrote: Anyone reading the media will have seen that Sunderland don't have much money to spend in the January window. They spent too much in the summer so Gus is either looking for loans/free agents or he will have to sell to buy. Have Sunderland got anyone surplus to requirements that we would want? I suspect not. If Bridcutt or Ulloa are going anywhere, it probably won't be to Sunderland. Also, I am sure either OG or TB were saying a few weeks back that we wouldn't be looking to do much business in January if the majority of our injuries cleared up. My conclusion would be that January is going to be quiet unless its some kind of player exchange, plus fee, or another loan spell for Conway. We do have cover in most positions, especially if CMS is fit in January some time as promised. On the tactical front, for me it's how the team approach the game as much as the players selected. The team for Leicester looked quite defensive on paper, but we pressed them, moved the ball quickly and looked a threat the whole game. The joy of Bridcutt and Ince is that one of them is always available to attack the ball, but for me you then need Crofts rather than Agustien, as he likes to get forward. Orlandi would be another alternative when and if he is fit.[/p][/quote]Sounds right. Agreed.[/p][/quote]Agree with most of this. Having watched Sunderland once or twice recently, the central midfield of their squad looks one of the stronger areas - Ki, Cattermole, Craig Gardner. O.K. it is not outstanding but feel that Sunderland have far bigger weaknesses elsewhere in the squad. Fletcher has been on the bench a lot recently so possibly Gus might consider Ulloa an upgrade in that position - whether they have the money remains to be seen. The Phantom

10:26pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Hovite says...

The Phantom wrote:
brightonup wrote:
Chi Gull wrote:
Anyone reading the media will have seen that Sunderland don't have much money to spend in the January window. They spent too much in the summer so Gus is either looking for loans/free agents or he will have to sell to buy. Have Sunderland got anyone surplus to requirements that we would want? I suspect not. If Bridcutt or Ulloa are going anywhere, it probably won't be to Sunderland. Also, I am sure either OG or TB were saying a few weeks back that we wouldn't be looking to do much business in January if the majority of our injuries cleared up. My conclusion would be that January is going to be quiet unless its some kind of player exchange, plus fee, or another loan spell for Conway. We do have cover in most positions, especially if CMS is fit in January some time as promised.

On the tactical front, for me it's how the team approach the game as much as the players selected. The team for Leicester looked quite defensive on paper, but we pressed them, moved the ball quickly and looked a threat the whole game. The joy of Bridcutt and Ince is that one of them is always available to attack the ball, but for me you then need Crofts rather than Agustien, as he likes to get forward. Orlandi would be another alternative when and if he is fit.
Sounds right. Agreed.
Agree with most of this. Having watched Sunderland once or twice recently, the central midfield of their squad looks one of the stronger areas - Ki, Cattermole, Craig Gardner. O.K. it is not outstanding but feel that Sunderland have far bigger weaknesses elsewhere in the squad. Fletcher has been on the bench a lot recently so possibly Gus might consider Ulloa an upgrade in that position - whether they have the money remains to be seen.
He hasn't got the funds available to buy Ulloa or Bridcutt. The only market Gus will be allowed to use is the loan market.

He has just got Fiorentina's Marcos Alonso on loan so there are good deals out there without spending millions. He is also after Charles N’Zogbia but even wages may be an issue.

Unless we loan Bridcutt and Ulloa to Gus they will be here until at least the end of the season.
[quote][p][bold]The Phantom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chi Gull[/bold] wrote: Anyone reading the media will have seen that Sunderland don't have much money to spend in the January window. They spent too much in the summer so Gus is either looking for loans/free agents or he will have to sell to buy. Have Sunderland got anyone surplus to requirements that we would want? I suspect not. If Bridcutt or Ulloa are going anywhere, it probably won't be to Sunderland. Also, I am sure either OG or TB were saying a few weeks back that we wouldn't be looking to do much business in January if the majority of our injuries cleared up. My conclusion would be that January is going to be quiet unless its some kind of player exchange, plus fee, or another loan spell for Conway. We do have cover in most positions, especially if CMS is fit in January some time as promised. On the tactical front, for me it's how the team approach the game as much as the players selected. The team for Leicester looked quite defensive on paper, but we pressed them, moved the ball quickly and looked a threat the whole game. The joy of Bridcutt and Ince is that one of them is always available to attack the ball, but for me you then need Crofts rather than Agustien, as he likes to get forward. Orlandi would be another alternative when and if he is fit.[/p][/quote]Sounds right. Agreed.[/p][/quote]Agree with most of this. Having watched Sunderland once or twice recently, the central midfield of their squad looks one of the stronger areas - Ki, Cattermole, Craig Gardner. O.K. it is not outstanding but feel that Sunderland have far bigger weaknesses elsewhere in the squad. Fletcher has been on the bench a lot recently so possibly Gus might consider Ulloa an upgrade in that position - whether they have the money remains to be seen.[/p][/quote]He hasn't got the funds available to buy Ulloa or Bridcutt. The only market Gus will be allowed to use is the loan market. He has just got Fiorentina's Marcos Alonso on loan so there are good deals out there without spending millions. He is also after Charles N’Zogbia but even wages may be an issue. Unless we loan Bridcutt and Ulloa to Gus they will be here until at least the end of the season. Hovite

3:08pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Captain Haddock says...

PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
golddene wrote:
mark by the sea wrote:
Fans need to make some noise from the first minute, and get three points against Bournemouth .... Ulloa x2 and say goodbye to bridcutt
Hi Mark, agree with the noise suggestion but really hope you and the other guys who are intimating the end of Bridders at the Amex are wrong. You cannot just replace a player of Bridcutt's quality without spending premier league money and that we just aint got realistically
We've already replaced Bridcutt, his name is Ince, and for the last two games you may, or may not have noticed that Bridcutt did not play in his usual holding role in front of the back four because I'm sure the management know there's a possibility he'll be gone tnis week and they need to blood someone else in that position.

Against Charlton, Andrews played in Bridcutts normal position, and was crap to be honest, and against Blackpool Ince played in that role and as usual did very well. In both games Bridcutt was moved into a further forward central midfield position and to be fair he played very poorly in that role.

I think Bridcutt will be gone next week but only if someone stumps up £4m or more. Not really concerned about it, we've done without him for two months with his injury, we did well in that period, we have Ince as a ready made replacement, and we could put £4m to good use I'm sure.
Very astute observation, PBTB. It seems the club is in advanced talks with Sunderland re: LB (and Buckers).
[quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]golddene[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Fans need to make some noise from the first minute, and get three points against Bournemouth .... Ulloa x2 and say goodbye to bridcutt[/p][/quote]Hi Mark, agree with the noise suggestion but really hope you and the other guys who are intimating the end of Bridders at the Amex are wrong. You cannot just replace a player of Bridcutt's quality without spending premier league money and that we just aint got realistically[/p][/quote]We've already replaced Bridcutt, his name is Ince, and for the last two games you may, or may not have noticed that Bridcutt did not play in his usual holding role in front of the back four because I'm sure the management know there's a possibility he'll be gone tnis week and they need to blood someone else in that position. Against Charlton, Andrews played in Bridcutts normal position, and was crap to be honest, and against Blackpool Ince played in that role and as usual did very well. In both games Bridcutt was moved into a further forward central midfield position and to be fair he played very poorly in that role. I think Bridcutt will be gone next week but only if someone stumps up £4m or more. Not really concerned about it, we've done without him for two months with his injury, we did well in that period, we have Ince as a ready made replacement, and we could put £4m to good use I'm sure.[/p][/quote]Very astute observation, PBTB. It seems the club is in advanced talks with Sunderland re: LB (and Buckers). Captain Haddock

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