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El-Abd: It killed me to sit on the bench - in video

The Argus: Adam El-Abd tussles with Bristol City striker Jon Stead at Ashton Gate last season Adam El-Abd tussles with Bristol City striker Jon Stead at Ashton Gate last season

Adam El-Abd has admitted it “killed” him to sit on the bench for Albion.

But he is relishing the chance to play regular football at Bristol City.

The long-serving Seagulls defender has moved west on a three-and-a-half year deal.

He has only started five games for the Seagulls this term.

In an interview for the youtube channel produced by the team behind bcfc.co.uk he admitted: “I just felt the time was right to move on. I want to play football.

“It’s my love of football that has brought me down here.

“It killed me to sit on the bench for so long at Brighton, not really getting a fair crack.

I’m down here to have that and to play some football, which I’m really looking forward to.”

El-Abd insists he will retain a strong affection for Albion.

He said: “I’ve been at Brighton since I was nine years old. It’s a great club.

“I love the club but I felt the time is now for a fresh challenge.”


 

 

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7:10pm Thu 16 Jan 14

fozziesheadband says...

Good luck Adam. One of us. Always played with heart & full of passion.
Good luck Adam. One of us. Always played with heart & full of passion. fozziesheadband
  • Score: 13

7:18pm Thu 16 Jan 14

The Phantom says...

Nice respectful comments from Adam both to his new club and his old club. You can hear and see his passion for playing football which sadly seems to be the exception than the rule lately. Good luck Adam.
Nice respectful comments from Adam both to his new club and his old club. You can hear and see his passion for playing football which sadly seems to be the exception than the rule lately. Good luck Adam. The Phantom
  • Score: 8

7:26pm Thu 16 Jan 14

albion64 says...

'Bristol bringing more supporters to Cardiff play-off final than Brighton' Are you sure Adam. Tut tut. don't remember that
'Bristol bringing more supporters to Cardiff play-off final than Brighton' Are you sure Adam. Tut tut. don't remember that albion64
  • Score: -4

7:28pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Piglet1 says...

Good luck Adam, you deserve it.
Good luck Adam, you deserve it. Piglet1
  • Score: 5

7:36pm Thu 16 Jan 14

jockithenoo says...

Good luck Adam . You are a true seagull through and through.
All the best ( cuddles) you are a legend.
WE MARCH ON
UTA
Good luck Adam . You are a true seagull through and through. All the best ( cuddles) you are a legend. WE MARCH ON UTA jockithenoo
  • Score: 10

7:50pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Fair enough, I don't think anyone will begrudge him this move.
Fair enough, I don't think anyone will begrudge him this move. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 5

7:55pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

Good luck to you Adam, and thanks for all you have done for brighton over the years. Loyalty is very rare at a football club these days, but you have been a credit to this club!!
Good luck to you Adam, and thanks for all you have done for brighton over the years. Loyalty is very rare at a football club these days, but you have been a credit to this club!! Tony the tiger eastbourne
  • Score: 10

8:01pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Withdean-er says...

All the best to a true stalwart. Rarely injured and at his career stage, he must have been frustrated at the lack first time starts if Greer & Upson were both fit.

Worked massively hard to successfully reinvent his game once Poyet arrived, to make himself a survivor where other centre halves weren't quite good enough and so were rightly allowed to leave. Always good to have ElAbd in the team who wasn't intimidated by any striker or their reputation. Turned his own early disciplinary problem around, by becoming a wind up artist getting strikers into trouble.

Great to see him given more financial security, but hope this doesn't hurt the soul of our squad.
All the best to a true stalwart. Rarely injured and at his career stage, he must have been frustrated at the lack first time starts if Greer & Upson were both fit. Worked massively hard to successfully reinvent his game once Poyet arrived, to make himself a survivor where other centre halves weren't quite good enough and so were rightly allowed to leave. Always good to have ElAbd in the team who wasn't intimidated by any striker or their reputation. Turned his own early disciplinary problem around, by becoming a wind up artist getting strikers into trouble. Great to see him given more financial security, but hope this doesn't hurt the soul of our squad. Withdean-er
  • Score: 10

8:11pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

A true Albion legend and a top bloke
A true Albion legend and a top bloke Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 11

8:30pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Far gull says...

Withdean-er wrote:
All the best to a true stalwart. Rarely injured and at his career stage, he must have been frustrated at the lack first time starts if Greer & Upson were both fit.

Worked massively hard to successfully reinvent his game once Poyet arrived, to make himself a survivor where other centre halves weren't quite good enough and so were rightly allowed to leave. Always good to have ElAbd in the team who wasn't intimidated by any striker or their reputation. Turned his own early disciplinary problem around, by becoming a wind up artist getting strikers into trouble.

Great to see him given more financial security, but hope this doesn't hurt the soul of our squad.
Loads of top posts regarding Adam and rightly so. Like you withdeaner loved his winding up of opposition strikers it was worth season ticket to watch his side show antics,(unless at the game you would never see this on t.v) and who will ever forget that wall barge to let Vicente score from a free kick!
Am sure for Adam the right move but a shame not at the end of season for us the club!?
I see them in N.East are on verge of getting another centreback ,what's the betting O Shay or Brown to us as part of Bridcutt deal. Just a thought as I would prefer either to GG but Dunk must now take his chance ,Ince has paved the way for many youngsters at the club and to be honest that has to be the way forward ,as long as we keep up the play off push!
I will for one miss Adam and Barnes commitment even if they both lacked in skill /pace a bit.
Time for a real crowd puller signing as we need a bit of " Vicente " wow factor for want of a better description.?
[quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: All the best to a true stalwart. Rarely injured and at his career stage, he must have been frustrated at the lack first time starts if Greer & Upson were both fit. Worked massively hard to successfully reinvent his game once Poyet arrived, to make himself a survivor where other centre halves weren't quite good enough and so were rightly allowed to leave. Always good to have ElAbd in the team who wasn't intimidated by any striker or their reputation. Turned his own early disciplinary problem around, by becoming a wind up artist getting strikers into trouble. Great to see him given more financial security, but hope this doesn't hurt the soul of our squad.[/p][/quote]Loads of top posts regarding Adam and rightly so. Like you withdeaner loved his winding up of opposition strikers it was worth season ticket to watch his side show antics,(unless at the game you would never see this on t.v) and who will ever forget that wall barge to let Vicente score from a free kick! Am sure for Adam the right move but a shame not at the end of season for us the club!? I see them in N.East are on verge of getting another centreback ,what's the betting O Shay or Brown to us as part of Bridcutt deal. Just a thought as I would prefer either to GG but Dunk must now take his chance ,Ince has paved the way for many youngsters at the club and to be honest that has to be the way forward ,as long as we keep up the play off push! I will for one miss Adam and Barnes commitment even if they both lacked in skill /pace a bit. Time for a real crowd puller signing as we need a bit of " Vicente " wow factor for want of a better description.? Far gull
  • Score: 8

8:32pm Thu 16 Jan 14

twonk says...

albion64 wrote:
'Bristol bringing more supporters to Cardiff play-off final than Brighton' Are you sure Adam. Tut tut. don't remember that
it's true. Bristol sold out and we didn't.
[quote][p][bold]albion64[/bold] wrote: 'Bristol bringing more supporters to Cardiff play-off final than Brighton' Are you sure Adam. Tut tut. don't remember that[/p][/quote]it's true. Bristol sold out and we didn't. twonk
  • Score: 1

8:40pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Far gull says...

Just trying to be positive with this sad news , perhaps Ince may step back to centre of defense ,as long as he is in the side ,he will make a difference.
May be Bridcutt will stay after all ,plenty of options that can be positive .
Just trying to be positive with this sad news , perhaps Ince may step back to centre of defense ,as long as he is in the side ,he will make a difference. May be Bridcutt will stay after all ,plenty of options that can be positive . Far gull
  • Score: 2

8:45pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Hovite says...

twonk wrote:
albion64 wrote:
'Bristol bringing more supporters to Cardiff play-off final than Brighton' Are you sure Adam. Tut tut. don't remember that
it's true. Bristol sold out and we didn't.
We took around 30,000 up there on a 200 mile journey, Bristol fans only 40 has a minute journey.
[quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albion64[/bold] wrote: 'Bristol bringing more supporters to Cardiff play-off final than Brighton' Are you sure Adam. Tut tut. don't remember that[/p][/quote]it's true. Bristol sold out and we didn't.[/p][/quote]We took around 30,000 up there on a 200 mile journey, Bristol fans only 40 has a minute journey. Hovite
  • Score: 3

8:46pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Hovite says...

Hovite wrote:
twonk wrote:
albion64 wrote:
'Bristol bringing more supporters to Cardiff play-off final than Brighton' Are you sure Adam. Tut tut. don't remember that
it's true. Bristol sold out and we didn't.
We took around 30,000 up there on a 200 mile journey, Bristol fans only 40 has a minute journey.
Should read Bristol fans only had a 40 mile journey.
[quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albion64[/bold] wrote: 'Bristol bringing more supporters to Cardiff play-off final than Brighton' Are you sure Adam. Tut tut. don't remember that[/p][/quote]it's true. Bristol sold out and we didn't.[/p][/quote]We took around 30,000 up there on a 200 mile journey, Bristol fans only 40 has a minute journey.[/p][/quote]Should read Bristol fans only had a 40 mile journey. Hovite
  • Score: 4

8:52pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Seagull John says...

Where's Mark by the Sea? Remember all those comments you made of Taxi for El-Abd? So what do you make of it now his taxi has finally come in?
Where's Mark by the Sea? Remember all those comments you made of Taxi for El-Abd? So what do you make of it now his taxi has finally come in? Seagull John
  • Score: 3

8:59pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Baldseagull says...

twonk wrote:
albion64 wrote:
'Bristol bringing more supporters to Cardiff play-off final than Brighton' Are you sure Adam. Tut tut. don't remember that
it's true. Bristol sold out and we didn't.
Yes they did, but in fairness it was 40 miles down the road for them, 200 miles for us.
[quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albion64[/bold] wrote: 'Bristol bringing more supporters to Cardiff play-off final than Brighton' Are you sure Adam. Tut tut. don't remember that[/p][/quote]it's true. Bristol sold out and we didn't.[/p][/quote]Yes they did, but in fairness it was 40 miles down the road for them, 200 miles for us. Baldseagull
  • Score: 4

9:21pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Lord Hamilton says...

I'll miss the Adam El Abd chant in the North stand.😪
I'll miss the Adam El Abd chant in the North stand.😪 Lord Hamilton
  • Score: 5

10:11pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Withdean-er says...

Far gull wrote:
Withdean-er wrote:
All the best to a true stalwart. Rarely injured and at his career stage, he must have been frustrated at the lack first time starts if Greer & Upson were both fit.

Worked massively hard to successfully reinvent his game once Poyet arrived, to make himself a survivor where other centre halves weren't quite good enough and so were rightly allowed to leave. Always good to have ElAbd in the team who wasn't intimidated by any striker or their reputation. Turned his own early disciplinary problem around, by becoming a wind up artist getting strikers into trouble.

Great to see him given more financial security, but hope this doesn't hurt the soul of our squad.
Loads of top posts regarding Adam and rightly so. Like you withdeaner loved his winding up of opposition strikers it was worth season ticket to watch his side show antics,(unless at the game you would never see this on t.v) and who will ever forget that wall barge to let Vicente score from a free kick!
Am sure for Adam the right move but a shame not at the end of season for us the club!?
I see them in N.East are on verge of getting another centreback ,what's the betting O Shay or Brown to us as part of Bridcutt deal. Just a thought as I would prefer either to GG but Dunk must now take his chance ,Ince has paved the way for many youngsters at the club and to be honest that has to be the way forward ,as long as we keep up the play off push!
I will for one miss Adam and Barnes commitment even if they both lacked in skill /pace a bit.
Time for a real crowd puller signing as we need a bit of " Vicente " wow factor for want of a better description.?
El Abd and Barnes were both class for us. Maximised their abilities, always fought for the Albion cause, put their foot in (sometimes overstepping the mark!) if we faced a battle, and never sulked.

Sunderland centre-halves - wouldn't be a shock, but we couldn't sustain their wages of say £1.5m per either player per annum, nor take on that cost and meet the FL FFP rules out of our turnover. Sunderland would have to subsidise.
[quote][p][bold]Far gull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: All the best to a true stalwart. Rarely injured and at his career stage, he must have been frustrated at the lack first time starts if Greer & Upson were both fit. Worked massively hard to successfully reinvent his game once Poyet arrived, to make himself a survivor where other centre halves weren't quite good enough and so were rightly allowed to leave. Always good to have ElAbd in the team who wasn't intimidated by any striker or their reputation. Turned his own early disciplinary problem around, by becoming a wind up artist getting strikers into trouble. Great to see him given more financial security, but hope this doesn't hurt the soul of our squad.[/p][/quote]Loads of top posts regarding Adam and rightly so. Like you withdeaner loved his winding up of opposition strikers it was worth season ticket to watch his side show antics,(unless at the game you would never see this on t.v) and who will ever forget that wall barge to let Vicente score from a free kick! Am sure for Adam the right move but a shame not at the end of season for us the club!? I see them in N.East are on verge of getting another centreback ,what's the betting O Shay or Brown to us as part of Bridcutt deal. Just a thought as I would prefer either to GG but Dunk must now take his chance ,Ince has paved the way for many youngsters at the club and to be honest that has to be the way forward ,as long as we keep up the play off push! I will for one miss Adam and Barnes commitment even if they both lacked in skill /pace a bit. Time for a real crowd puller signing as we need a bit of " Vicente " wow factor for want of a better description.?[/p][/quote]El Abd and Barnes were both class for us. Maximised their abilities, always fought for the Albion cause, put their foot in (sometimes overstepping the mark!) if we faced a battle, and never sulked. Sunderland centre-halves - wouldn't be a shock, but we couldn't sustain their wages of say £1.5m per either player per annum, nor take on that cost and meet the FL FFP rules out of our turnover. Sunderland would have to subsidise. Withdean-er
  • Score: -1

10:25pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Withdean-er says...

Baldseagull wrote:
twonk wrote:
albion64 wrote:
'Bristol bringing more supporters to Cardiff play-off final than Brighton' Are you sure Adam. Tut tut. don't remember that
it's true. Bristol sold out and we didn't.
Yes they did, but in fairness it was 40 miles down the road for them, 200 miles for us.
The Albion sold their full quota of 31,000 days before the trip, despite it being a minimum 4 hours there, and back again.
Bristol C had the short journey and so were allocated more.

Anyway, there's only one statistic that counts that day: 1-0 to the Albion.

(Who were the underdogs against yet another team that had accumulated a team better than they could really afford).
[quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albion64[/bold] wrote: 'Bristol bringing more supporters to Cardiff play-off final than Brighton' Are you sure Adam. Tut tut. don't remember that[/p][/quote]it's true. Bristol sold out and we didn't.[/p][/quote]Yes they did, but in fairness it was 40 miles down the road for them, 200 miles for us.[/p][/quote]The Albion sold their full quota of 31,000 days before the trip, despite it being a minimum 4 hours there, and back again. Bristol C had the short journey and so were allocated more. Anyway, there's only one statistic that counts that day: 1-0 to the Albion. (Who were the underdogs against yet another team that had accumulated a team better than they could really afford). Withdean-er
  • Score: 1

10:53pm Thu 16 Jan 14

fairweathersupporter says...

If Barnes was Marmite then Adam was Brighton rock.
If Barnes was Marmite then Adam was Brighton rock. fairweathersupporter
  • Score: 1

1:13am Fri 17 Jan 14

WestStander17 says...

Far gull wrote:
Withdean-er wrote: All the best to a true stalwart. Rarely injured and at his career stage, he must have been frustrated at the lack first time starts if Greer & Upson were both fit. Worked massively hard to successfully reinvent his game once Poyet arrived, to make himself a survivor where other centre halves weren't quite good enough and so were rightly allowed to leave. Always good to have ElAbd in the team who wasn't intimidated by any striker or their reputation. Turned his own early disciplinary problem around, by becoming a wind up artist getting strikers into trouble. Great to see him given more financial security, but hope this doesn't hurt the soul of our squad.
Loads of top posts regarding Adam and rightly so. Like you withdeaner loved his winding up of opposition strikers it was worth season ticket to watch his side show antics,(unless at the game you would never see this on t.v) and who will ever forget that wall barge to let Vicente score from a free kick! Am sure for Adam the right move but a shame not at the end of season for us the club!? I see them in N.East are on verge of getting another centreback ,what's the betting O Shay or Brown to us as part of Bridcutt deal. Just a thought as I would prefer either to GG but Dunk must now take his chance ,Ince has paved the way for many youngsters at the club and to be honest that has to be the way forward ,as long as we keep up the play off push! I will for one miss Adam and Barnes commitment even if they both lacked in skill /pace a bit. Time for a real crowd puller signing as we need a bit of " Vicente " wow factor for want of a better description.?
Surely we'd bite their arm off for O'Shea or Brown! Brown is particular has been good since Gus got there. Can't see either moving down to the Championship in January or us affording their wages though.

We do need a number 10 though, you are right. We needed one before this batch of injuries and departures. Has Vicente signed for anyone?!

I'm worried about Ulloa. I hope I'm way off the mark but signing Grabban for that much money with CMS on his way back and us only playing one striker just doesn't quite add up to me. We'd have around £3.5m worth of striker sitting on the bench most weeks! Can we afford that sort of luxury when we have greater needs in other areas coming up if not already? And if the aim is to get promoted this year, is Grabban Premier League quality?
[quote][p][bold]Far gull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: All the best to a true stalwart. Rarely injured and at his career stage, he must have been frustrated at the lack first time starts if Greer & Upson were both fit. Worked massively hard to successfully reinvent his game once Poyet arrived, to make himself a survivor where other centre halves weren't quite good enough and so were rightly allowed to leave. Always good to have ElAbd in the team who wasn't intimidated by any striker or their reputation. Turned his own early disciplinary problem around, by becoming a wind up artist getting strikers into trouble. Great to see him given more financial security, but hope this doesn't hurt the soul of our squad.[/p][/quote]Loads of top posts regarding Adam and rightly so. Like you withdeaner loved his winding up of opposition strikers it was worth season ticket to watch his side show antics,(unless at the game you would never see this on t.v) and who will ever forget that wall barge to let Vicente score from a free kick! Am sure for Adam the right move but a shame not at the end of season for us the club!? I see them in N.East are on verge of getting another centreback ,what's the betting O Shay or Brown to us as part of Bridcutt deal. Just a thought as I would prefer either to GG but Dunk must now take his chance ,Ince has paved the way for many youngsters at the club and to be honest that has to be the way forward ,as long as we keep up the play off push! I will for one miss Adam and Barnes commitment even if they both lacked in skill /pace a bit. Time for a real crowd puller signing as we need a bit of " Vicente " wow factor for want of a better description.?[/p][/quote]Surely we'd bite their arm off for O'Shea or Brown! Brown is particular has been good since Gus got there. Can't see either moving down to the Championship in January or us affording their wages though. We do need a number 10 though, you are right. We needed one before this batch of injuries and departures. Has Vicente signed for anyone?! I'm worried about Ulloa. I hope I'm way off the mark but signing Grabban for that much money with CMS on his way back and us only playing one striker just doesn't quite add up to me. We'd have around £3.5m worth of striker sitting on the bench most weeks! Can we afford that sort of luxury when we have greater needs in other areas coming up if not already? And if the aim is to get promoted this year, is Grabban Premier League quality? WestStander17
  • Score: 3

1:25am Fri 17 Jan 14

Vince says...

I cannot fathom this at all. The defence looked far more solid with Adam in the side than the "sideways, backwards - 6 bad passes a game" Greer who, in his 32nd year, can't have many years left to play. Have you noticed how many of Greer's forward passes are suicidal ones - leaving the Brighton player receiving the pass in danger of having his legs scythed down. Greer is a liability in my view - his only attributes being reasonable positional play - and a good header of the ball. However, he doesn't have the same desire to get in where it hurts like Adam had.

Three 1-0 wins, a 1-1 draw for a penalty wrongly awarded against Calderon, and a 0-0. 1 goal a penalty conceded in 5 of our last 6 games with Adam in the side.

He has DONE NOTHING TO DESERVE BEING DROPPED - and it should have been for Greer to earn the right to get his place back - not to be handed it on a plate. This was totally wrong.

VERY UNHAPPY AT THIS NEWS!
I cannot fathom this at all. The defence looked far more solid with Adam in the side than the "sideways, backwards - 6 bad passes a game" Greer who, in his 32nd year, can't have many years left to play. Have you noticed how many of Greer's forward passes are suicidal ones - leaving the Brighton player receiving the pass in danger of having his legs scythed down. Greer is a liability in my view - his only attributes being reasonable positional play - and a good header of the ball. However, he doesn't have the same desire to get in where it hurts like Adam had. Three 1-0 wins, a 1-1 draw for a penalty wrongly awarded against Calderon, and a 0-0. 1 goal a penalty conceded in 5 of our last 6 games with Adam in the side. He has DONE NOTHING TO DESERVE BEING DROPPED - and it should have been for Greer to earn the right to get his place back - not to be handed it on a plate. This was totally wrong. VERY UNHAPPY AT THIS NEWS! Vince
  • Score: 2

1:45am Fri 17 Jan 14

Vince says...

WestStander17 wrote:
Far gull wrote:
Withdean-er wrote: All the best to a true stalwart. Rarely injured and at his career stage, he must have been frustrated at the lack first time starts if Greer & Upson were both fit. Worked massively hard to successfully reinvent his game once Poyet arrived, to make himself a survivor where other centre halves weren't quite good enough and so were rightly allowed to leave. Always good to have ElAbd in the team who wasn't intimidated by any striker or their reputation. Turned his own early disciplinary problem around, by becoming a wind up artist getting strikers into trouble. Great to see him given more financial security, but hope this doesn't hurt the soul of our squad.
Loads of top posts regarding Adam and rightly so. Like you withdeaner loved his winding up of opposition strikers it was worth season ticket to watch his side show antics,(unless at the game you would never see this on t.v) and who will ever forget that wall barge to let Vicente score from a free kick! Am sure for Adam the right move but a shame not at the end of season for us the club!? I see them in N.East are on verge of getting another centreback ,what's the betting O Shay or Brown to us as part of Bridcutt deal. Just a thought as I would prefer either to GG but Dunk must now take his chance ,Ince has paved the way for many youngsters at the club and to be honest that has to be the way forward ,as long as we keep up the play off push! I will for one miss Adam and Barnes commitment even if they both lacked in skill /pace a bit. Time for a real crowd puller signing as we need a bit of " Vicente " wow factor for want of a better description.?
Surely we'd bite their arm off for O'Shea or Brown! Brown is particular has been good since Gus got there. Can't see either moving down to the Championship in January or us affording their wages though. We do need a number 10 though, you are right. We needed one before this batch of injuries and departures. Has Vicente signed for anyone?! I'm worried about Ulloa. I hope I'm way off the mark but signing Grabban for that much money with CMS on his way back and us only playing one striker just doesn't quite add up to me. We'd have around £3.5m worth of striker sitting on the bench most weeks! Can we afford that sort of luxury when we have greater needs in other areas coming up if not already? And if the aim is to get promoted this year, is Grabban Premier League quality?
Grabban, Obika, CMS in terms of technical ability ( first touch and close control) are all Championship players and no more IMHO, although CMS does have the speed and commitment to trouble most defences - as his performance for Scotland against Spain in the Euro qualifiers demonstrated 2 years ago. The commentator remarked at the time on CMS's incredible turn of pace as he outstripped the Spanish defenders, Puyol et al, and he also forced the penalty which Goodwillie missed.

I think that CMS still could have a big part to play depending on when and how he is deployed by Oscar.

Ulloa has the skill to play at the highest level, but needs to get back to his sharpest best. He has seemed well off the pace since he came back.
[quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Far gull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: All the best to a true stalwart. Rarely injured and at his career stage, he must have been frustrated at the lack first time starts if Greer & Upson were both fit. Worked massively hard to successfully reinvent his game once Poyet arrived, to make himself a survivor where other centre halves weren't quite good enough and so were rightly allowed to leave. Always good to have ElAbd in the team who wasn't intimidated by any striker or their reputation. Turned his own early disciplinary problem around, by becoming a wind up artist getting strikers into trouble. Great to see him given more financial security, but hope this doesn't hurt the soul of our squad.[/p][/quote]Loads of top posts regarding Adam and rightly so. Like you withdeaner loved his winding up of opposition strikers it was worth season ticket to watch his side show antics,(unless at the game you would never see this on t.v) and who will ever forget that wall barge to let Vicente score from a free kick! Am sure for Adam the right move but a shame not at the end of season for us the club!? I see them in N.East are on verge of getting another centreback ,what's the betting O Shay or Brown to us as part of Bridcutt deal. Just a thought as I would prefer either to GG but Dunk must now take his chance ,Ince has paved the way for many youngsters at the club and to be honest that has to be the way forward ,as long as we keep up the play off push! I will for one miss Adam and Barnes commitment even if they both lacked in skill /pace a bit. Time for a real crowd puller signing as we need a bit of " Vicente " wow factor for want of a better description.?[/p][/quote]Surely we'd bite their arm off for O'Shea or Brown! Brown is particular has been good since Gus got there. Can't see either moving down to the Championship in January or us affording their wages though. We do need a number 10 though, you are right. We needed one before this batch of injuries and departures. Has Vicente signed for anyone?! I'm worried about Ulloa. I hope I'm way off the mark but signing Grabban for that much money with CMS on his way back and us only playing one striker just doesn't quite add up to me. We'd have around £3.5m worth of striker sitting on the bench most weeks! Can we afford that sort of luxury when we have greater needs in other areas coming up if not already? And if the aim is to get promoted this year, is Grabban Premier League quality?[/p][/quote]Grabban, Obika, CMS in terms of technical ability ( first touch and close control) are all Championship players and no more IMHO, although CMS does have the speed and commitment to trouble most defences - as his performance for Scotland against Spain in the Euro qualifiers demonstrated 2 years ago. The commentator remarked at the time on CMS's incredible turn of pace as he outstripped the Spanish defenders, Puyol et al, and he also forced the penalty which Goodwillie missed. I think that CMS still could have a big part to play depending on when and how he is deployed by Oscar. Ulloa has the skill to play at the highest level, but needs to get back to his sharpest best. He has seemed well off the pace since he came back. Vince
  • Score: 1

5:05am Fri 17 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

Think the sale of Adam is a clear intention of giving dunk a chance, if he can't take it then he can go too, I imagine a younger centre back coming in or a continental one, clearing the decks for a new regime.
Think the sale of Adam is a clear intention of giving dunk a chance, if he can't take it then he can go too, I imagine a younger centre back coming in or a continental one, clearing the decks for a new regime. mark by the sea
  • Score: 2

5:27am Fri 17 Jan 14

WestStander17 says...

Vince wrote:
I cannot fathom this at all. The defence looked far more solid with Adam in the side than the "sideways, backwards - 6 bad passes a game" Greer who, in his 32nd year, can't have many years left to play. Have you noticed how many of Greer's forward passes are suicidal ones - leaving the Brighton player receiving the pass in danger of having his legs scythed down. Greer is a liability in my view - his only attributes being reasonable positional play - and a good header of the ball. However, he doesn't have the same desire to get in where it hurts like Adam had. Three 1-0 wins, a 1-1 draw for a penalty wrongly awarded against Calderon, and a 0-0. 1 goal a penalty conceded in 5 of our last 6 games with Adam in the side. He has DONE NOTHING TO DESERVE BEING DROPPED - and it should have been for Greer to earn the right to get his place back - not to be handed it on a plate. This was totally wrong. VERY UNHAPPY AT THIS NEWS!
I very much agree actually, Vince. I was very surprised to see Greer brought straight back in when he was fit. El Abd played really well in the games he stood in. It was weird because there was a story saying Greer would have to fight for his place or wait for his chance but the next day he was straight back in! El Abd will have understandably been a bit miffed about that.

Greer has been fairly solid for us since he signed but, I agree, some of his distribution is poor. That long crossfield pass to the left wing he attempts pretty much every game has only been successful a handful of times at best. You always knew what you'd get from El Abd and he knew his limits. Our loss is Bristol City's gain for sure.
[quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: I cannot fathom this at all. The defence looked far more solid with Adam in the side than the "sideways, backwards - 6 bad passes a game" Greer who, in his 32nd year, can't have many years left to play. Have you noticed how many of Greer's forward passes are suicidal ones - leaving the Brighton player receiving the pass in danger of having his legs scythed down. Greer is a liability in my view - his only attributes being reasonable positional play - and a good header of the ball. However, he doesn't have the same desire to get in where it hurts like Adam had. Three 1-0 wins, a 1-1 draw for a penalty wrongly awarded against Calderon, and a 0-0. 1 goal a penalty conceded in 5 of our last 6 games with Adam in the side. He has DONE NOTHING TO DESERVE BEING DROPPED - and it should have been for Greer to earn the right to get his place back - not to be handed it on a plate. This was totally wrong. VERY UNHAPPY AT THIS NEWS![/p][/quote]I very much agree actually, Vince. I was very surprised to see Greer brought straight back in when he was fit. El Abd played really well in the games he stood in. It was weird because there was a story saying Greer would have to fight for his place or wait for his chance but the next day he was straight back in! El Abd will have understandably been a bit miffed about that. Greer has been fairly solid for us since he signed but, I agree, some of his distribution is poor. That long crossfield pass to the left wing he attempts pretty much every game has only been successful a handful of times at best. You always knew what you'd get from El Abd and he knew his limits. Our loss is Bristol City's gain for sure. WestStander17
  • Score: 3

5:32am Fri 17 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

WestStander17 wrote:
Vince wrote:
I cannot fathom this at all. The defence looked far more solid with Adam in the side than the "sideways, backwards - 6 bad passes a game" Greer who, in his 32nd year, can't have many years left to play. Have you noticed how many of Greer's forward passes are suicidal ones - leaving the Brighton player receiving the pass in danger of having his legs scythed down. Greer is a liability in my view - his only attributes being reasonable positional play - and a good header of the ball. However, he doesn't have the same desire to get in where it hurts like Adam had. Three 1-0 wins, a 1-1 draw for a penalty wrongly awarded against Calderon, and a 0-0. 1 goal a penalty conceded in 5 of our last 6 games with Adam in the side. He has DONE NOTHING TO DESERVE BEING DROPPED - and it should have been for Greer to earn the right to get his place back - not to be handed it on a plate. This was totally wrong. VERY UNHAPPY AT THIS NEWS!
I very much agree actually, Vince. I was very surprised to see Greer brought straight back in when he was fit. El Abd played really well in the games he stood in. It was weird because there was a story saying Greer would have to fight for his place or wait for his chance but the next day he was straight back in! El Abd will have understandably been a bit miffed about that.

Greer has been fairly solid for us since he signed but, I agree, some of his distribution is poor. That long crossfield pass to the left wing he attempts pretty much every game has only been successful a handful of times at best. You always knew what you'd get from El Abd and he knew his limits. Our loss is Bristol City's gain for sure.
The fact he has joined a struggling club rather than orient surprises me, he is not good enough in the air, Birmingham had a 6.6 striker that's reason Greer returned,
[quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: I cannot fathom this at all. The defence looked far more solid with Adam in the side than the "sideways, backwards - 6 bad passes a game" Greer who, in his 32nd year, can't have many years left to play. Have you noticed how many of Greer's forward passes are suicidal ones - leaving the Brighton player receiving the pass in danger of having his legs scythed down. Greer is a liability in my view - his only attributes being reasonable positional play - and a good header of the ball. However, he doesn't have the same desire to get in where it hurts like Adam had. Three 1-0 wins, a 1-1 draw for a penalty wrongly awarded against Calderon, and a 0-0. 1 goal a penalty conceded in 5 of our last 6 games with Adam in the side. He has DONE NOTHING TO DESERVE BEING DROPPED - and it should have been for Greer to earn the right to get his place back - not to be handed it on a plate. This was totally wrong. VERY UNHAPPY AT THIS NEWS![/p][/quote]I very much agree actually, Vince. I was very surprised to see Greer brought straight back in when he was fit. El Abd played really well in the games he stood in. It was weird because there was a story saying Greer would have to fight for his place or wait for his chance but the next day he was straight back in! El Abd will have understandably been a bit miffed about that. Greer has been fairly solid for us since he signed but, I agree, some of his distribution is poor. That long crossfield pass to the left wing he attempts pretty much every game has only been successful a handful of times at best. You always knew what you'd get from El Abd and he knew his limits. Our loss is Bristol City's gain for sure.[/p][/quote]The fact he has joined a struggling club rather than orient surprises me, he is not good enough in the air, Birmingham had a 6.6 striker that's reason Greer returned, mark by the sea
  • Score: 2

5:47am Fri 17 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

Seagull John wrote:
Where's Mark by the Sea? Remember all those comments you made of Taxi for El-Abd? So what do you make of it now his taxi has finally come in?
Hi sorry in bangkok"! Surprised he has gone to such a poor side , I think this is now time for dunk to step up or go, GG will go in summer and new blood signed now to bed in for next season. Elabd is decent, but a liability in the box.
[quote][p][bold]Seagull John[/bold] wrote: Where's Mark by the Sea? Remember all those comments you made of Taxi for El-Abd? So what do you make of it now his taxi has finally come in?[/p][/quote]Hi sorry in bangkok"! Surprised he has gone to such a poor side , I think this is now time for dunk to step up or go, GG will go in summer and new blood signed now to bed in for next season. Elabd is decent, but a liability in the box. mark by the sea
  • Score: 1

12:32pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Seagull John wrote:
Where's Mark by the Sea? Remember all those comments you made of Taxi for El-Abd? So what do you make of it now his taxi has finally come in?
Hi sorry in bangkok"! Surprised he has gone to such a poor side , I think this is now time for dunk to step up or go, GG will go in summer and new blood signed now to bed in for next season. Elabd is decent, but a liability in the box.
A liability in what way? His lack of height?
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seagull John[/bold] wrote: Where's Mark by the Sea? Remember all those comments you made of Taxi for El-Abd? So what do you make of it now his taxi has finally come in?[/p][/quote]Hi sorry in bangkok"! Surprised he has gone to such a poor side , I think this is now time for dunk to step up or go, GG will go in summer and new blood signed now to bed in for next season. Elabd is decent, but a liability in the box.[/p][/quote]A liability in what way? His lack of height? Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 0

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