Ince is my inspiration, says Albion new signing Monakana

The Argus: Jeffrey Monakana is a friend of Rohan Ince. Picture by Paul Hazlewood Jeffrey Monakana is a friend of Rohan Ince. Picture by Paul Hazlewood

Jeffrey Monakana wants to emulate the rapid rise of his friend Rohan Ince after joining him at Albion.

The Seagulls snapped up the 20-year-old former Arsenal winger from Preston North End last night for an undisclosed fee.

Monakana has signed a development contract until June 2015 and will start off in the under-21s.

His arrival does not affect Albion’s interest in re-signing Craig Conway from Cardiff.

But Monakana, who has already made more than 40 League One appearances for Preston and Colchester, is intent on copying midfielder Ince’s quickfire progression into Albion’s first team after consulting his fellow Londoner about the move.

Monakana revealed: “Rohan said he took a little time adapt – but now he has and having been given a chance to play, he has taken it. He advised me to do my best in training and in games and that he is sure I can break through as well.

“In the summer we often do fitness programmes together and I played against him a few times when he was at Chelsea and I was at Arsenal. It is not really a surprise to see he is doing what he is doing now. My aim is to go on and do the same as him.”

Monakana, hailed by Albion’s head of football David Burke as quick, powerful and versatile, turned down the chance to stay in League One in a bid to follow the paths of Ince, Jake Forster-Caskey and Solly March from the development group into the first team under Oscar Garcia.

He said: “There were a lot of other League One clubs interested but as soon as I heard Brighton wanted me I couldn’t turn that down. I couldn’t wait to get down here and try to prove myself at Championship level. I feel this is the best move for me.

“I have seen that this club gives young players their chance and that was the main factor in my decision to come here.

“I have only been here for a short time but I can see the infrastructure is great, the stadium has great facilities and there are a lot of good people here, similar to Arsenal with what they have at the Emirates.

“Now I am looking to working hard to get my chance – that is my next challenge. It is great to be at this club and good to be back down south. My family are really pleased about that and I am really happy.”

Monakana, from Enfield, began his career at Arsenal before Graham Westley signed him for Preston two summers ago.

He featured regularly in the first team last season but has made only two substitute appearances this season under Westley’s successor, Simon Grayson, and returned from a nine-game loan spell at Colchester in November.

Grayson, speaking after his return, described Monakana as a raw talent but said: “I don’t need a player who’s only going to be effective for ten or 15 minutes.”

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7:24am Wed 15 Jan 14

Alfie T says...

Nothing ventured, if he's got talent and prepared to work,then our Oscar could develop him into a player. Needs to drop the lazy tag though, being back South could help.
Nothing ventured, if he's got talent and prepared to work,then our Oscar could develop him into a player. Needs to drop the lazy tag though, being back South could help. Alfie T

7:24am Wed 15 Jan 14

seagull52 says...

I'm not very impressed about what previous managers say about him! Let's hope he prefers Albion's Development set up and knuckles down quickly and prove his worth.
I'm not very impressed about what previous managers say about him! Let's hope he prefers Albion's Development set up and knuckles down quickly and prove his worth. seagull52

7:39am Wed 15 Jan 14

Aye Aye says...

I'd be confident that our development regime could bring along a player with raw talent far more effectively than PNE (with all due respect). They've obviously seen something in young Monakana just as they did in Rohan Ince.
I'd be confident that our development regime could bring along a player with raw talent far more effectively than PNE (with all due respect). They've obviously seen something in young Monakana just as they did in Rohan Ince. Aye Aye

7:54am Wed 15 Jan 14

TheWerewolf says...

Let's hope with great facilities his clear raw potential is brought through and he matures into a top player. If he has similar potential to Ince then we are in for a treat! I can't think he would drop to a development squad when he has offers of regular league 1 unless he is serious about working hard. This is again a sign if intent that we are signing for the development squad. Even if 1 in 4 of these make it the investment is worth it.
Let's hope with great facilities his clear raw potential is brought through and he matures into a top player. If he has similar potential to Ince then we are in for a treat! I can't think he would drop to a development squad when he has offers of regular league 1 unless he is serious about working hard. This is again a sign if intent that we are signing for the development squad. Even if 1 in 4 of these make it the investment is worth it. TheWerewolf

8:50am Wed 15 Jan 14

farside says...

Grayson gets worried every time the ball goes beyond the half way line in case his defence gets over-stretched.
Grayson gets worried every time the ball goes beyond the half way line in case his defence gets over-stretched. farside

8:53am Wed 15 Jan 14

franckiep en france says...

It sounds as though stamina training is what this lad needs to get him where we need him to be, the Seagulls are well equipped to do that, welcome Jeffrey
It sounds as though stamina training is what this lad needs to get him where we need him to be, the Seagulls are well equipped to do that, welcome Jeffrey franckiep en france

10:29am Wed 15 Jan 14

russellsnr2 says...

Cannot understand this statement "“I don’t need a player who’s only going to be effective for ten or 15 minutes.”"
If he can come on and change a game towards the end with power and speed I would give 10 or 15 minutes to do it as long as we get the result.
Looks a promising player from what is available to read and sounds like he needs the training that out DS can give him.
Cannot understand this statement "“I don’t need a player who’s only going to be effective for ten or 15 minutes.”" If he can come on and change a game towards the end with power and speed I would give 10 or 15 minutes to do it as long as we get the result. Looks a promising player from what is available to read and sounds like he needs the training that out DS can give him. russellsnr2

11:04am Wed 15 Jan 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

I would trust Graham Westley's view rather than Simon Grayson's any day. After all SG has had more clubs than a pack of cards in recent years. Jeffrey seems a good prospect, but needs to work hard and take notice of what Oscar and co. teach him. This is a fantastic opportunity for him. I hope he takes it. UTA
I would trust Graham Westley's view rather than Simon Grayson's any day. After all SG has had more clubs than a pack of cards in recent years. Jeffrey seems a good prospect, but needs to work hard and take notice of what Oscar and co. teach him. This is a fantastic opportunity for him. I hope he takes it. UTA Joel'sGrandad

11:48am Wed 15 Jan 14

Claude Back says...

farside wrote:
Grayson gets worried every time the ball goes beyond the half way line in case his defence gets over-stretched.
Yes.
I am not worried by what Grayson says as I don't rate him at all as a manager.
[quote][p][bold]farside[/bold] wrote: Grayson gets worried every time the ball goes beyond the half way line in case his defence gets over-stretched.[/p][/quote]Yes. I am not worried by what Grayson says as I don't rate him at all as a manager. Claude Back

1:44pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Eddy B says...

Lots of players only effective for 10 - 15 mins especially up front! Thierry Henry used to stroll around looking disinterested then bam!
Lots of players only effective for 10 - 15 mins especially up front! Thierry Henry used to stroll around looking disinterested then bam! Eddy B

2:15pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Baldseagull says...

Hope he does well for himself and us, I like how close he keeps the ball to his feet whilst running at speed in the clips I have seen on youtube, Shooting has looked a bit wild but nice touch generally.
Hope he does well for himself and us, I like how close he keeps the ball to his feet whilst running at speed in the clips I have seen on youtube, Shooting has looked a bit wild but nice touch generally. Baldseagull

4:30pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Hector66 says...

very good profile, imo, and right type for us to sign

my big worry is that he will be surplus to requirements unless he's special - we already have buckley (for the moment), lua lua, march, conway (?).

that said if he were to be half as good as our last signing from Preston, that would be something (mark lawrenson)
very good profile, imo, and right type for us to sign my big worry is that he will be surplus to requirements unless he's special - we already have buckley (for the moment), lua lua, march, conway (?). that said if he were to be half as good as our last signing from Preston, that would be something (mark lawrenson) Hector66

5:55pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Falmer Wizard says...

It looks as if we are building a young cheap side to keep us in the top half of our league, if they produce entertaining attacking football its fine by me.
It looks as if we are building a young cheap side to keep us in the top half of our league, if they produce entertaining attacking football its fine by me. Falmer Wizard

6:36pm Wed 15 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Falmer Wizard wrote:
It looks as if we are building a young cheap side to keep us in the top half of our league, if they produce entertaining attacking football its fine by me.
Why is it that some who post comments don't understand that this kid is on a development contract and for this reason it's wrong to talk of him in terms of our senior squad. The day might come when he makes the step up but for now, he has nothing to do with any team we might send out on any given day.
'Cheap side to keep us in the top half,' when, this year, maybe next or the one after that? I fail to see how anyone can make these comments given that we the fans have no idea how good, or bad, this lad might be.
'Surplus to requirements, we have Lua Lua, March, Conway? so what, again this lad is not about this season and who knows who we might have next year or what division we might be in.
[quote][p][bold]Falmer Wizard[/bold] wrote: It looks as if we are building a young cheap side to keep us in the top half of our league, if they produce entertaining attacking football its fine by me.[/p][/quote]Why is it that some who post comments don't understand that this kid is on a development contract and for this reason it's wrong to talk of him in terms of our senior squad. The day might come when he makes the step up but for now, he has nothing to do with any team we might send out on any given day. 'Cheap side to keep us in the top half,' when, this year, maybe next or the one after that? I fail to see how anyone can make these comments given that we the fans have no idea how good, or bad, this lad might be. 'Surplus to requirements, we have Lua Lua, March, Conway? so what, again this lad is not about this season and who knows who we might have next year or what division we might be in. VegasSeagull

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