Striker Obika could put down roots at Albion

The Argus: Loan striker Jonathan Obika want to start well with Albion Loan striker Jonathan Obika want to start well with Albion

Albion's new hitman Jonathan Obika has refused to rule out putting down roots at The Amex.

The fit-again Spurs striker has joined the Seagulls for the tenth different loan spell of his career.

Obika, 23, is keeping his options open and would consider a permanent move if he proves to be a big success during his 93-day stay.

He told The Argus: “It is the present that counts. With all these loan spells the experience builds up into this present moment. That’s why you have to kick on.

“I would never rule out anything but I just need to focus on doing well here and starting off strong.”

Obika, poised for a place on the bench at home to Birmingham tomorrow, believes he will fit in well.

He said: “Growing up at Tottenham you come from a footballing background. I know Brighton have got the same philosophy, so it can only work well.

“At times at clubs I have been the lone striker and at times in a pair.”

Obika’s spell with Albion ends with the visit to Leicester on April 8, so he misses out on the clash at home to former loan club Charlton four days later.

Tottenham have the option of recalling him after 28 days and the Seagulls can only keep him for longer by converting the current arrangement into a standard loan for the rest of the season before the January window closes.

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5:38am Fri 10 Jan 14

Singing Seagull, Indonesia says...

Duh! Hardly a story Mr Naylor. Imagine if he comes in, plays blinders from the bench and forces his way into the starting line-up, scoring a hatful of goals that help to get us promoted to the PL and then running back to the Spuzz Reserves?? Can't we just wait for some actual news or are you on overtime rates?

UTA
Duh! Hardly a story Mr Naylor. Imagine if he comes in, plays blinders from the bench and forces his way into the starting line-up, scoring a hatful of goals that help to get us promoted to the PL and then running back to the Spuzz Reserves?? Can't we just wait for some actual news or are you on overtime rates? UTA Singing Seagull, Indonesia

5:45am Fri 10 Jan 14

WestStander17 says...

The most promising bit out of this is that he has played as a lone striker. Hopefully he has a bit of presence about him so he can hold the ball and play a part in the build up as well as find the net on the odd occasion. All signs still suggest he will be doing that from the bench all the time Leo is fit though.

Lets hope we have Brum beat by half-time so the lad can come on, show us what he can do and give Leo a rest.
The most promising bit out of this is that he has played as a lone striker. Hopefully he has a bit of presence about him so he can hold the ball and play a part in the build up as well as find the net on the odd occasion. All signs still suggest he will be doing that from the bench all the time Leo is fit though. Lets hope we have Brum beat by half-time so the lad can come on, show us what he can do and give Leo a rest. WestStander17

6:20am Fri 10 Jan 14

Alfie T says...

Let's see how hungry and up for it he looks when he gets his chance, needs more game time than the unfortunate Lita!
Let's see how hungry and up for it he looks when he gets his chance, needs more game time than the unfortunate Lita! Alfie T

8:30am Fri 10 Jan 14

dave from bexill says...

If I've read the article correctly, why didn't the club just sign him on loan for the rest of the season, or am I misunderstanding?..n
ot for the first time.
If I've read the article correctly, why didn't the club just sign him on loan for the rest of the season, or am I misunderstanding?..n ot for the first time. dave from bexill

9:07am Fri 10 Jan 14

and another thing.... says...

...mmh
There are a lot unknowns here - like if he is up to standard, whether Spurs would be willing to part with him - and whether he wants to settle after he has been here a while.
Too many ifs and buts here!
...mmh There are a lot unknowns here - like if he is up to standard, whether Spurs would be willing to part with him - and whether he wants to settle after he has been here a while. Too many ifs and buts here! and another thing....

10:36am Fri 10 Jan 14

EastWorthingExocetMissile says...

You knew it was never going to work out with Lita when oscar revealed he wasn't fit publicly just after he arrived. If he really rated him and was excited by him as a prospect he would not have publicly said that.
You knew it was never going to work out with Lita when oscar revealed he wasn't fit publicly just after he arrived. If he really rated him and was excited by him as a prospect he would not have publicly said that. EastWorthingExocetMissile

1:56pm Fri 10 Jan 14

tug509 says...

dave from bexill wrote:
If I've read the article correctly, why didn't the club just sign him on loan for the rest of the season, or am I misunderstanding?..n

ot for the first time.
Hi Dave, yes i`m with you ,it seems daft , i doubt Spurs will need to recall JO ,but if we had him on loan for the season ,that couldnt happen ,only thing that crossed my mind was .......is CMS further ahead than we thought ?!. Really looking forward to seeing what this guy has to offer ,good luck JO. UTA
[quote][p][bold]dave from bexill[/bold] wrote: If I've read the article correctly, why didn't the club just sign him on loan for the rest of the season, or am I misunderstanding?..n ot for the first time.[/p][/quote]Hi Dave, yes i`m with you ,it seems daft , i doubt Spurs will need to recall JO ,but if we had him on loan for the season ,that couldnt happen ,only thing that crossed my mind was .......is CMS further ahead than we thought ?!. Really looking forward to seeing what this guy has to offer ,good luck JO. UTA tug509

5:59pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

The Lita saga, followed by this, shows that Garcia has little to do with the signing of players. Whoever that person is should stand up and say why a perpetually crocked Tottenham never was and probably never will be, is a good fit for the Albion. We desperately need someone who can feed of Ulloa's knock downs. Barnes was never going to do it effectively but will Obika...? I guess time will tell and I hope my pessimism and disappointment are ill founded.
The Lita saga, followed by this, shows that Garcia has little to do with the signing of players. Whoever that person is should stand up and say why a perpetually crocked Tottenham never was and probably never will be, is a good fit for the Albion. We desperately need someone who can feed of Ulloa's knock downs. Barnes was never going to do it effectively but will Obika...? I guess time will tell and I hope my pessimism and disappointment are ill founded. Jonathan Mouette

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