Transfer window watch: Dickenson primed for Albion departure

Ben Dickenson

Ben Dickenson

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Ben Dickenson is set to follow George Barker through the exit door at Albion.

Dickenson is likely to leave the club during the January transfer window, either on loan again or possibly for good, The Argus understands.

Barker made a permanent move recently to Swindon Town.

Hibernian are among the clubs keen on fellow forward Dickenson who, like, Barker, has been unable to make a breakthrough into the first team from the development squad.

The versatile 20-year-old, deployed in the development squad as a winger and also sometimes through the middle, has already had two spells on loan at Chesterfield and AFC Wimbledon since Albion bought him from Dorchester Town last year.

Dickenson reportedly impressed Hibs boss Terry Butcher and chief scout Steve Marsella in a development friendly at Aston Villa on Monday.

Albion signed winger Jeffrey Monakana from Preston this week.

The former Arsenal flyer is expected to emerge as a likelier first team candidate than Dickenson, having already made over 40 appearances in League One for Preston and on loan to Colchester.

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10:35am Thu 16 Jan 14

farside says...

Not looking likely to break through at this stage so as long as we have a decent sell-on it makes sense for all parties.
Not looking likely to break through at this stage so as long as we have a decent sell-on it makes sense for all parties. farside
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1:12pm Thu 16 Jan 14

mikeygit says...

What I said some time ago---if DS players have not made the grade over a two year period we should move them on --saves a little money and makes way for better candidates.
What I said some time ago---if DS players have not made the grade over a two year period we should move them on --saves a little money and makes way for better candidates. mikeygit
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1:22pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Baldseagull says...

Apologies if this comes out a bit negative, but is it a failure of the lad to push on enough, or a failure of the development team to bring him on?

In recent years we have a good track record of producing decent defenders, a bit below hopes on midfielders but every striker that has looked to have potential as a lad, has failed to make it with us.
Apologies if this comes out a bit negative, but is it a failure of the lad to push on enough, or a failure of the development team to bring him on? In recent years we have a good track record of producing decent defenders, a bit below hopes on midfielders but every striker that has looked to have potential as a lad, has failed to make it with us. Baldseagull
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1:28pm Thu 16 Jan 14

fatso says...

Having seen him play a few times I think it is his attitude that lets him down. He is lazy and continually arguing with referees. He may be able to get by in the DS but would be a liability for the 1st team.
Having seen him play a few times I think it is his attitude that lets him down. He is lazy and continually arguing with referees. He may be able to get by in the DS but would be a liability for the 1st team. fatso
  • Score: 0

1:52pm Thu 16 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Baldseagull wrote:
Apologies if this comes out a bit negative, but is it a failure of the lad to push on enough, or a failure of the development team to bring him on?

In recent years we have a good track record of producing decent defenders, a bit below hopes on midfielders but every striker that has looked to have potential as a lad, has failed to make it with us.
I think it comes down to the natural ability that these lads either have or don't have. A lad of say, 15 that is showing good skills up front is going to be the targets of prem clubs, clubs such as ours get what's left. With our new facility we might find that we move up the pecking order for young lads, we might see the better lads wanting to come to us, and of course, we have Oscar.
How many years were we playing at a sports stadium rather than at a proper ground, would you have chosen to join Brighton over others at that time. Strikers are a rare breed at any age, you have got to have the right facilities to attract them, and soon we will have what is needed.
[quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: Apologies if this comes out a bit negative, but is it a failure of the lad to push on enough, or a failure of the development team to bring him on? In recent years we have a good track record of producing decent defenders, a bit below hopes on midfielders but every striker that has looked to have potential as a lad, has failed to make it with us.[/p][/quote]I think it comes down to the natural ability that these lads either have or don't have. A lad of say, 15 that is showing good skills up front is going to be the targets of prem clubs, clubs such as ours get what's left. With our new facility we might find that we move up the pecking order for young lads, we might see the better lads wanting to come to us, and of course, we have Oscar. How many years were we playing at a sports stadium rather than at a proper ground, would you have chosen to join Brighton over others at that time. Strikers are a rare breed at any age, you have got to have the right facilities to attract them, and soon we will have what is needed. VegasSeagull
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1:58pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

fatso wrote:
Having seen him play a few times I think it is his attitude that lets him down. He is lazy and continually arguing with referees. He may be able to get by in the DS but would be a liability for the 1st team.
If this is the case it should have been sorted out by the DS coach. I've always said three things that are a must for any sportsman in their chosen sport and life in general and that is a good attitude, a good attitude and last but not least a good attitude. Anyway his signing gave me the chance to see the Albion play at Dorchester in July 2012 as part of the deal.
Good luck Ben.
[quote][p][bold]fatso[/bold] wrote: Having seen him play a few times I think it is his attitude that lets him down. He is lazy and continually arguing with referees. He may be able to get by in the DS but would be a liability for the 1st team.[/p][/quote]If this is the case it should have been sorted out by the DS coach. I've always said three things that are a must for any sportsman in their chosen sport and life in general and that is a good attitude, a good attitude and last but not least a good attitude. Anyway his signing gave me the chance to see the Albion play at Dorchester in July 2012 as part of the deal. Good luck Ben. Joel'sGrandad
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3:53pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Vince says...

Rather disappointed to see him go. In the brief glimpses of him playing for Chesterfield he showed a good football brain and not a little skill. He may well turn out to be a good purchase by Hibs. It goes without saying that we should put a 30% sell-on clause on any deal we make.
Rather disappointed to see him go. In the brief glimpses of him playing for Chesterfield he showed a good football brain and not a little skill. He may well turn out to be a good purchase by Hibs. It goes without saying that we should put a 30% sell-on clause on any deal we make. Vince
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4:35pm Thu 16 Jan 14

angmeringseagull says...

I had high hopes for this lad. Perhaps another loan deal might sort him out.
I had high hopes for this lad. Perhaps another loan deal might sort him out. angmeringseagull
  • Score: 1

10:29am Fri 17 Jan 14

tinker111 says...

BIT SLOW THIS ARGUS AB DAB GONE and good luck to him
BIT SLOW THIS ARGUS AB DAB GONE and good luck to him tinker111
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