Captain Calderon hopes Bridcutt won't skip out on Albion

Inigo Calderon says there is nothing in Liam Bridcutt passing him the captain's armband

Inigo Calderon says there is nothing in Liam Bridcutt passing him the captain's armband

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Inigo Calderon has added his voice to those of Albion fans hoping Liam Bridcutt stays at The Amex.

He has urged supporters to forget about a passing of the captain’s armband from the Scotland international.

Bridcutt is a target for his old boss Gus Poyet at Sunderland.

He stepped down as skipper against Bournemouth on New Year’s Day having led the side for four matches in the absence of injured Gordon Greer.

Calderon, who came back into the side at half-time against Charlton on Boxing Day, would love to see the midfielder stay at The Amex.

He said: “I’m the vice-captain but Liam had been playing before and he didn’t think about it (handing back the armband) at Blackpool on Sunday.

“I didn’t mind. It is not a problem. Don’t read anything into it.

“He is the third captain but he doesn’t have any problem with me, I don’t have any problem with him.

“It is not because he is going to leave or because he is going to stay.

“But hopefully he is going to stick with us.”

Calderon hopes to lead Albion into the fourth round of the FA Cup and is ready to shrug off any fatigue from the festive programme.

The Seagulls host Championship rivals Reading in the third round on Saturday.

Calderon said: “Maybe it’s the best game to play because it is a different tournament, and everybody here loves the FA Cup, it is something special.

“Maybe you can find extra motivation for that game, extra energy.

“Hopefully we win the cup! But we want to play a Premier League club so maybe if we beat Reading we will have a reward.

Former Albion left-back Wayne Bridge has a knee injury and is unlikely to feature for Reading.

Meanwhile, Burnley boss Sean Dyche has admitted he needs a striker.

The Clarets, who have been powered into the promotion places by the goals of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, have offered Albion £750,000 for Ashley Barnes.

Dyche said: “I don’t want to change too many bodies but we need support in the front department.

“It’s not rocket science. We’re active and we’re attempting to bring players to the club.”

Development squad striker Shamir Goodwin is back with Albion after his loan spell at Tonbridge Angels expired.

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7:23am Fri 3 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

If Liam goes who will be the third captain. .? With Calderon second choice at right back .... It has to be upson, I have never heard of third captain!!!!
While the league is more important than the cup, a result is needed at the Amex.... I also think Reading need a cup win. I have feeling the manager there is under pressure , neither side want a draw.
If Liam goes who will be the third captain. .? With Calderon second choice at right back .... It has to be upson, I have never heard of third captain!!!! While the league is more important than the cup, a result is needed at the Amex.... I also think Reading need a cup win. I have feeling the manager there is under pressure , neither side want a draw. mark by the sea
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7:55am Fri 3 Jan 14

Alfie T says...

Let's hope for a full house and a good atmosphere, the Amex was quiet against Bournemouth , day after the night before and the weather didn't help. Will we see Leo and Barnes from the start, Orlandi and March perhaps, agree about Adkins, not a favourite with the Albion faithful.
A home win with two up front might just be what we need to Convince Oscar that's the way we need to set up.
Let's hope for a full house and a good atmosphere, the Amex was quiet against Bournemouth , day after the night before and the weather didn't help. Will we see Leo and Barnes from the start, Orlandi and March perhaps, agree about Adkins, not a favourite with the Albion faithful. A home win with two up front might just be what we need to Convince Oscar that's the way we need to set up. Alfie T
  • Score: 6

8:30am Fri 3 Jan 14

oksouthstander says...

"the Amex was quiet against Bournemouth " Thats the problem our fans are NOT vocal enough...You hear more at a darts tournament...Perhaps our travelling fans should be miked for home games...:) They are always very vocal regardless of weather....
"the Amex was quiet against Bournemouth " Thats the problem our fans are NOT vocal enough...You hear more at a darts tournament...Perhaps our travelling fans should be miked for home games...:) They are always very vocal regardless of weather.... oksouthstander
  • Score: 8

9:10am Fri 3 Jan 14

Albion In Staffs says...

mark by the sea wrote:
If Liam goes who will be the third captain. .? With Calderon second choice at right back .... It has to be upson, I have never heard of third captain!!!!
While the league is more important than the cup, a result is needed at the Amex.... I also think Reading need a cup win. I have feeling the manager there is under pressure , neither side want a draw.
All unnecessarily conspiratorial in my book, but with no apparent movement, it's probably the only way the Argus could weave a Bridcutt transfer story onto the back page!
When nothing is happening i'd much prefer they focused more on the impending game, but that's life. I'm sure the Argus would claim they were merely trying to clarify things "for the fans".
So, Calde is vice to Greer, but with both out at the same time we needed a "third" and the return of vice makes transfer of the armband back, an obvious natural consequence.. But..... Oh joy, it gives the Argus a lovely little line with which to heighten the intrigue.. Is he, or isn't he? Was it significant, or was it not?
So much fun.. Roll on Feb 1.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: If Liam goes who will be the third captain. .? With Calderon second choice at right back .... It has to be upson, I have never heard of third captain!!!! While the league is more important than the cup, a result is needed at the Amex.... I also think Reading need a cup win. I have feeling the manager there is under pressure , neither side want a draw.[/p][/quote]All unnecessarily conspiratorial in my book, but with no apparent movement, it's probably the only way the Argus could weave a Bridcutt transfer story onto the back page! When nothing is happening i'd much prefer they focused more on the impending game, but that's life. I'm sure the Argus would claim they were merely trying to clarify things "for the fans". So, Calde is vice to Greer, but with both out at the same time we needed a "third" and the return of vice makes transfer of the armband back, an obvious natural consequence.. But..... Oh joy, it gives the Argus a lovely little line with which to heighten the intrigue.. Is he, or isn't he? Was it significant, or was it not? So much fun.. Roll on Feb 1. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 1

9:18am Fri 3 Jan 14

farside says...

Will we sign Evandro from Estoril is the burning questio And why, if Middlesboro can sign players from Cardiff, can't we get Conway back?
Will we sign Evandro from Estoril is the burning questio And why, if Middlesboro can sign players from Cardiff, can't we get Conway back? farside
  • Score: 4

9:35am Fri 3 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

farside wrote:
Will we sign Evandro from Estoril is the burning questio And why, if Middlesboro can sign players from Cardiff, can't we get Conway back?
Hmm good question, Cardiff were happy to loan him out with 9 months left on contract, so they obviously did not think they would get a decent sum for him,Conway is out of contract in 6 months so Cardiff might just let him go on a free!! Save themselves £120k in wages at least, or will he sit his contract out , and wait for a signing on fee?
[quote][p][bold]farside[/bold] wrote: Will we sign Evandro from Estoril is the burning questio And why, if Middlesboro can sign players from Cardiff, can't we get Conway back?[/p][/quote]Hmm good question, Cardiff were happy to loan him out with 9 months left on contract, so they obviously did not think they would get a decent sum for him,Conway is out of contract in 6 months so Cardiff might just let him go on a free!! Save themselves £120k in wages at least, or will he sit his contract out , and wait for a signing on fee? mark by the sea
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Gee Jay says...

We need Ashley to stay, without him we are in the brown stuff if Leo gets injured again. Much as I am looking forward to seeing CMS back again, it might well take him until Mid March or April to get back to being the sort of tireless player that he was.
When David Lopez is not on the pitch we have nobody who can hit the ball as accurately from free kicks and corners. When Orlandi is on we have the key through difficult defences.
Liam has been a great player for us, but if a good bid comes from a Premier club we should take the money, same goes for Will Buckley.
In his last six or so games for us Conway was giving us something extra, getting behind defenders and supplying good crosses for someone like Leo, so I hope he comes back.
Caldi, Adam, Matt, Wardy and T.K. have all been doing a good job.
Another play off place would suit just fine, leaving money to strengthen the squad in the summer.
UTA!
(Looks like Vegas is on holiday!)
We need Ashley to stay, without him we are in the brown stuff if Leo gets injured again. Much as I am looking forward to seeing CMS back again, it might well take him until Mid March or April to get back to being the sort of tireless player that he was. When David Lopez is not on the pitch we have nobody who can hit the ball as accurately from free kicks and corners. When Orlandi is on we have the key through difficult defences. Liam has been a great player for us, but if a good bid comes from a Premier club we should take the money, same goes for Will Buckley. In his last six or so games for us Conway was giving us something extra, getting behind defenders and supplying good crosses for someone like Leo, so I hope he comes back. Caldi, Adam, Matt, Wardy and T.K. have all been doing a good job. Another play off place would suit just fine, leaving money to strengthen the squad in the summer. UTA! (Looks like Vegas is on holiday!) Gee Jay
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