Oscar: Ulloa will be fine

Leo Ulloa

Leo Ulloa

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Albion boss Oscar Garcia has no fears about the well-being of Leo Ulloa.

The Seagulls’ spearhead has not scored for three games and was substituted against Birmingham at The Amex last Saturday.

But Oscar is happy with the way Ulloa is playing and training in the early stages of his return from long-term injury.

Ulloa bagged ten goals in 20 games last season following a £2 million January move from Spanish side Almeria.

The Argentinian ace began the season on fire again with four in six matches, including one against Saturday’s hosts Derby County.

A ban for a red card and a fractured foot bone then restricted Ulloa to one bit-part appearance in three months.

He has drawn a blank since scoring twice on his comeback at Charlton on Boxing Day but has never gone more than four games without finding the net for Albion.

Oscar told The Argus: “He had a bad injury. He was out for a long time. He had to play three or four games in a row. It’s not easy after two months out.

“But I am not worried about him, about his performance, because he’s helping us. He is training well and I am okay with him, very happy.”

Ulloa appeared despondent when Spurs loan signing Jonathan Obika replaced him early in the second half of an uncharacteristically below-par performance against Birmingham.

Oscar said: “When I was a player I wanted to play all the games for 95 minutes but I know as the manager you have to take the right decision for the team.”

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5:49am Thu 16 Jan 14

SHIPPERS4 says...

I'm sure he will be fine as he is quality, Derby away will be tough and opportunitys to score will be very limited as after there defeat last week they are going to try and make amends & nip any sort of blip in the bud. I however hope this is a big wobble by Derby and we smash em 3-0, uta!
Still no news on CMS? And even when he is back how long for him to get up to speed after almost 11months out, on the positive he will feel like new signing come towards the season end when we may need a boost for final push.
I'm sure he will be fine as he is quality, Derby away will be tough and opportunitys to score will be very limited as after there defeat last week they are going to try and make amends & nip any sort of blip in the bud. I however hope this is a big wobble by Derby and we smash em 3-0, uta! Still no news on CMS? And even when he is back how long for him to get up to speed after almost 11months out, on the positive he will feel like new signing come towards the season end when we may need a boost for final push. SHIPPERS4
  • Score: 10

7:17am Thu 16 Jan 14

Gazza by the sea says...

Well let's hope so. Have to say his reaction to being subbed left me extremely nervous.
Well let's hope so. Have to say his reaction to being subbed left me extremely nervous. Gazza by the sea
  • Score: 14

8:11am Thu 16 Jan 14

seegull fly in sky says...

Ullllio scoredbad gole a suppurt BAH BAH BAHA BAt bryton bests. a nim
Ullllio scoredbad gole a suppurt BAH BAH BAHA BAt bryton bests. a nim seegull fly in sky
  • Score: -31

8:42am Thu 16 Jan 14

tug509 says...

Very worrying reaction to being substituted last week ,i really hope the possible instabilities surrounding Liam`s on/off move to join GP ,havn`t had an adverse effect on Leo . We have heard tremors of a rumour that GP might come in for Leo ,which is no surprise ,but hopefully he wants to stay with us and Oscar ,but once again it`s the hierarchy in the backroom that seem to be calling the shots with regard transfers ,so again i have to say ,is this likely to have a destabilising effect on a player that moved countries with his family for us ,to find that the man picking him each week ,isn`t the same man that holds his possible future ?!. I truly hope that Leo is still happy to play for The Albion as he was when he first arrived . UTA
Very worrying reaction to being substituted last week ,i really hope the possible instabilities surrounding Liam`s on/off move to join GP ,havn`t had an adverse effect on Leo . We have heard tremors of a rumour that GP might come in for Leo ,which is no surprise ,but hopefully he wants to stay with us and Oscar ,but once again it`s the hierarchy in the backroom that seem to be calling the shots with regard transfers ,so again i have to say ,is this likely to have a destabilising effect on a player that moved countries with his family for us ,to find that the man picking him each week ,isn`t the same man that holds his possible future ?!. I truly hope that Leo is still happy to play for The Albion as he was when he first arrived . UTA tug509
  • Score: 1

8:52am Thu 16 Jan 14

russellsnr2 says...

Maybe just a little frustration on Leo's part, back after a long time out and didn't score, played a bit under par.
Wait till that next goal goes in on Saturday and see the change in him.
Maybe just a little frustration on Leo's part, back after a long time out and didn't score, played a bit under par. Wait till that next goal goes in on Saturday and see the change in him. russellsnr2
  • Score: 15

9:10am Thu 16 Jan 14

Quiterie says...

There's nothing wrong with being despondent when you're substituted. I'd be more worried if he was happy!

Class is permanent. Form is temporary.

At least he won't be poached by any other teams in the transfer window!
There's nothing wrong with being despondent when you're substituted. I'd be more worried if he was happy! Class is permanent. Form is temporary. At least he won't be poached by any other teams in the transfer window! Quiterie
  • Score: 20

9:12am Thu 16 Jan 14

DuncanThickett says...

Gazza by the sea wrote:
Well let's hope so. Have to say his reaction to being subbed left me extremely nervous.
That's exactly how i felt - the body language was pretty negative! But i think he just needs a goal and needs to feel the Albion love! The cheer that Obika got as Leo walked off can't have helped him!
[quote][p][bold]Gazza by the sea[/bold] wrote: Well let's hope so. Have to say his reaction to being subbed left me extremely nervous.[/p][/quote]That's exactly how i felt - the body language was pretty negative! But i think he just needs a goal and needs to feel the Albion love! The cheer that Obika got as Leo walked off can't have helped him! DuncanThickett
  • Score: 4

9:21am Thu 16 Jan 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

seegull fly in sky wrote:
Ullllio scoredbad gole a suppurt BAH BAH BAHA BAt bryton bests. a nim
Get off this website you idiot.
[quote][p][bold]seegull fly in sky[/bold] wrote: Ullllio scoredbad gole a suppurt BAH BAH BAHA BAt bryton bests. a nim[/p][/quote]Get off this website you idiot. SeagullOverSelsey
  • Score: 5

9:25am Thu 16 Jan 14

championshipgull says...

SHIPPERS4 wrote:
I'm sure he will be fine as he is quality, Derby away will be tough and opportunitys to score will be very limited as after there defeat last week they are going to try and make amends & nip any sort of blip in the bud. I however hope this is a big wobble by Derby and we smash em 3-0, uta!
Still no news on CMS? And even when he is back how long for him to get up to speed after almost 11months out, on the positive he will feel like new signing come towards the season end when we may need a boost for final push.
Andy Naylor reported last week that the club doctor had confirmed Craig expected back end of January and CMS twittered yesterday

“I am getting ever closer just a slow and careful process but not long now”

Come February we could have 3 fit strikers #luxury, but just as well with all the games we have coming up
[quote][p][bold]SHIPPERS4[/bold] wrote: I'm sure he will be fine as he is quality, Derby away will be tough and opportunitys to score will be very limited as after there defeat last week they are going to try and make amends & nip any sort of blip in the bud. I however hope this is a big wobble by Derby and we smash em 3-0, uta! Still no news on CMS? And even when he is back how long for him to get up to speed after almost 11months out, on the positive he will feel like new signing come towards the season end when we may need a boost for final push.[/p][/quote]Andy Naylor reported last week that the club doctor had confirmed Craig expected back end of January and CMS twittered yesterday “I am getting ever closer just a slow and careful process but not long now” Come February we could have 3 fit strikers #luxury, but just as well with all the games we have coming up championshipgull
  • Score: 8

9:29am Thu 16 Jan 14

Albion In Staffs says...

A completely anaemic story on a potentially slow news day that could've been easily turned into a mild positive rather than mild negative. (rant, rant, rant)
Would have been very easy to turn the same story into: "Garcia backs Ulloa to come good" (or similar) and played the ra-ra card prior to a difficult game on Saturday.
After three or four games back, it's natural for him to be on there verge of regaining 'full speed' and had that been the approach, all on here would've been giving it the big-'un rather than talking about worrying body language reflecting 'fear'.
Rant over. Thanks for listening.
A completely anaemic story on a potentially slow news day that could've been easily turned into a mild positive rather than mild negative. (rant, rant, rant) Would have been very easy to turn the same story into: "Garcia backs Ulloa to come good" (or similar) and played the ra-ra card prior to a difficult game on Saturday. After three or four games back, it's natural for him to be on there verge of regaining 'full speed' and had that been the approach, all on here would've been giving it the big-'un rather than talking about worrying body language reflecting 'fear'. Rant over. Thanks for listening. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 0

9:37am Thu 16 Jan 14

Yogi says...

seegull fly in sky wrote:
Ullllio scoredbad gole a suppurt BAH BAH BAHA BAt bryton bests. a nim
And for those of us who speak ENGLISH?

Prat
[quote][p][bold]seegull fly in sky[/bold] wrote: Ullllio scoredbad gole a suppurt BAH BAH BAHA BAt bryton bests. a nim[/p][/quote]And for those of us who speak ENGLISH? Prat Yogi
  • Score: 10

9:55am Thu 16 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
A completely anaemic story on a potentially slow news day that could've been easily turned into a mild positive rather than mild negative. (rant, rant, rant)
Would have been very easy to turn the same story into: "Garcia backs Ulloa to come good" (or similar) and played the ra-ra card prior to a difficult game on Saturday.
After three or four games back, it's natural for him to be on there verge of regaining 'full speed' and had that been the approach, all on here would've been giving it the big-'un rather than talking about worrying body language reflecting 'fear'.
Rant over. Thanks for listening.
There have been several "XXX backs YYY to come good" stories over the past months yet still the Argus got slated with comments like "Well, what else is he going to say? Poor, Argus, very poor."

Damned either way.
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: A completely anaemic story on a potentially slow news day that could've been easily turned into a mild positive rather than mild negative. (rant, rant, rant) Would have been very easy to turn the same story into: "Garcia backs Ulloa to come good" (or similar) and played the ra-ra card prior to a difficult game on Saturday. After three or four games back, it's natural for him to be on there verge of regaining 'full speed' and had that been the approach, all on here would've been giving it the big-'un rather than talking about worrying body language reflecting 'fear'. Rant over. Thanks for listening.[/p][/quote]There have been several "XXX backs YYY to come good" stories over the past months yet still the Argus got slated with comments like "Well, what else is he going to say? Poor, Argus, very poor." Damned either way. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 0

10:31am Thu 16 Jan 14

rolivan says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
A completely anaemic story on a potentially slow news day that could've been easily turned into a mild positive rather than mild negative. (rant, rant, rant)
Would have been very easy to turn the same story into: "Garcia backs Ulloa to come good" (or similar) and played the ra-ra card prior to a difficult game on Saturday.
After three or four games back, it's natural for him to be on there verge of regaining 'full speed' and had that been the approach, all on here would've been giving it the big-'un rather than talking about worrying body language reflecting 'fear'.
Rant over. Thanks for listening.
Yes this interview was on Seagulls Site at the weekend the Argus have run out of ideas again
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: A completely anaemic story on a potentially slow news day that could've been easily turned into a mild positive rather than mild negative. (rant, rant, rant) Would have been very easy to turn the same story into: "Garcia backs Ulloa to come good" (or similar) and played the ra-ra card prior to a difficult game on Saturday. After three or four games back, it's natural for him to be on there verge of regaining 'full speed' and had that been the approach, all on here would've been giving it the big-'un rather than talking about worrying body language reflecting 'fear'. Rant over. Thanks for listening.[/p][/quote]Yes this interview was on Seagulls Site at the weekend the Argus have run out of ideas again rolivan
  • Score: -3

10:31am Thu 16 Jan 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Leo just had an off day against Birmingham. He was showing frustration at his performance and at being subbed because that was it, he couldn't score to make amends. I wouldn't expect him to be over the moon, would you?
Under Oscar he'll soon bounce back. 3 points Saturday. UTA
Leo just had an off day against Birmingham. He was showing frustration at his performance and at being subbed because that was it, he couldn't score to make amends. I wouldn't expect him to be over the moon, would you? Under Oscar he'll soon bounce back. 3 points Saturday. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 5

10:47am Thu 16 Jan 14

Albion In Staffs says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Albion In Staffs wrote: A completely anaemic story on a potentially slow news day that could've been easily turned into a mild positive rather than mild negative. (rant, rant, rant) Would have been very easy to turn the same story into: "Garcia backs Ulloa to come good" (or similar) and played the ra-ra card prior to a difficult game on Saturday. After three or four games back, it's natural for him to be on there verge of regaining 'full speed' and had that been the approach, all on here would've been giving it the big-'un rather than talking about worrying body language reflecting 'fear'. Rant over. Thanks for listening.
There have been several "XXX backs YYY to come good" stories over the past months yet still the Argus got slated with comments like "Well, what else is he going to say? Poor, Argus, very poor." Damned either way.
True
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: A completely anaemic story on a potentially slow news day that could've been easily turned into a mild positive rather than mild negative. (rant, rant, rant) Would have been very easy to turn the same story into: "Garcia backs Ulloa to come good" (or similar) and played the ra-ra card prior to a difficult game on Saturday. After three or four games back, it's natural for him to be on there verge of regaining 'full speed' and had that been the approach, all on here would've been giving it the big-'un rather than talking about worrying body language reflecting 'fear'. Rant over. Thanks for listening.[/p][/quote]There have been several "XXX backs YYY to come good" stories over the past months yet still the Argus got slated with comments like "Well, what else is he going to say? Poor, Argus, very poor." Damned either way.[/p][/quote]True Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 0

10:47am Thu 16 Jan 14

Lord Hamilton says...

The LOVE us Albion fans have for that bloke would get anyone through anything!!! When he went off injured last year the emotion was immense. That boy will come good very soon.
The LOVE us Albion fans have for that bloke would get anyone through anything!!! When he went off injured last year the emotion was immense. That boy will come good very soon. Lord Hamilton
  • Score: 9

5:46pm Thu 16 Jan 14

sussexram40 says...

I don't think he's been very happy at the Albion since Gus left.
I don't think he's been very happy at the Albion since Gus left. sussexram40
  • Score: 1

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