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Bruno hopes for squad reinforcement

The Argus: Bruno Bruno

Bruno has called on Albion to bring the squad back up to strength during the rest of the January transfer window.

The Seagulls had already lost Adam El-Abd, Andrew Crofts and Ashley Barnes ahead of today’s test at fellow Championship play-off contenders Derby County.

Kazenga LuaLua has been ruled out of the game as well by a minor hamstring injury, leaving head coach Oscar Garcia down to the bare bones in filling the bench.

Right-back Bruno, speaking prior to news emerging of LuaLua’s setback, said: “Now for us it’s difficult because we have less players. Adam has gone, Ash has gone.

“We have Crofty injured and we need players there. We are seeing a lot of teams signing really good players and maybe we need to.”

 

El-Abd and Barnes have been sold, to Bristol City and Burnley respectively, while Crofts is out for the season with a cruciate knee liagment rupture sustained in last Saturday’s 1-0 home win against Birmingham in which LuaLua played a starring role.

Albion have made two signings so far in January – Jonathan Obika borrowed from Spurs as a striker replacement for Leroy Lita following the expiry of his loan spell from Swansea and Preston prospect Jeffrey Monakana.

The 20-year-old winger, snapped up on a development contract, has more first team appearances behind him than forward George Barker, who was also sold earlier this month to Swindon.

But Oscar has lost a wealth of experience in the shape of El-Abd, Crofts and Barnes. Oscar said: “It’s not easy because all of them were important players for us but we have to look forward. We cannot stop here and start crying. We have other players here that want to play and help the team.

“We obviously want to bring in some new faces, for me as soon as possible, but the club is working on a list of targets and we will see what we can do.

“I think it’s an important period. You can see most of the teams are signing players and we want to also but we have to think about a lot of things beforehand.”

Read Bruno's views as the steely defence take on sharp-shooting Derby in The Argus today - part of our five-page match preview


 

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5:32am Sat 18 Jan 14

bbb1969 says...

Team for me

TK
Calde MU GG Ward
Ince
Lopez Augustien/Andrews
March Ulloa Orlandi


Subs Augustien/Andrews Brez Bruno Chicksen Obika Dunk





The only change I would make is to put Bridders in if his mind is in it but don't think he will be throwing himself in front of defenders with 2 weeks left on the transfer window. Calde instead of Bruno as he tend to track back and defend more.
Team for me TK Calde MU GG Ward Ince Lopez Augustien/Andrews March Ulloa Orlandi Subs Augustien/Andrews Brez Bruno Chicksen Obika Dunk The only change I would make is to put Bridders in if his mind is in it but don't think he will be throwing himself in front of defenders with 2 weeks left on the transfer window. Calde instead of Bruno as he tend to track back and defend more. bbb1969
  • Score: 3

5:37am Sat 18 Jan 14

Singing Seagull, Indonesia says...

Not the kind of news that anyone there wants to wake up to - and I'm referring mostly to the Lua Lua injury when I say that. Minor injury maybe, but a blow when he was really buzzing and especially when we have this run of tough away games.

Come back quickly Kaz and resume where you left off - terrifying opposing defenders and drawing two markers to free space for others.

A point at Derby today will be a good result. But three points will have the other leading teams looking over their shoulders and remembering what we did in the second half of last season.

UTA!!
Not the kind of news that anyone there wants to wake up to - and I'm referring mostly to the Lua Lua injury when I say that. Minor injury maybe, but a blow when he was really buzzing and especially when we have this run of tough away games. Come back quickly Kaz and resume where you left off - terrifying opposing defenders and drawing two markers to free space for others. A point at Derby today will be a good result. But three points will have the other leading teams looking over their shoulders and remembering what we did in the second half of last season. UTA!! Singing Seagull, Indonesia
  • Score: 3

5:38am Sat 18 Jan 14

WestStander17 says...

I still think Crofts is the only one we can't replace in our current squad. Not like-for-like anyway and without spending a lot I don't think we will. I believe its quality we should be spending any money on rather than quantity. Even with the players we have missing, we can put a strong team out as we are.

If we are to add anyone, it should be to be first choice in their position, to improve the team. They will cost more but we don't need in many positions. An out-and-out attacking central midfielder would be great to create more and possibly replace the goals Crofts was getting. Possibly a younger centre-back than we have but one that improves the team (i.e. plays alongside Upson) but even that could wait until the summer.

Unless we are replacing Leo (heaven forbid!) or Oscar is pondering two up top, I don't see a striker as a major need. Obika is cover for Leo for now and CMS (touch wood!) will be back to add competition and variety in the near future.

So, just a real quality number 10, please! As I've said before, a young, hungry, injury-free Vicente would be ideal! Any suggestions?!
I still think Crofts is the only one we can't replace in our current squad. Not like-for-like anyway and without spending a lot I don't think we will. I believe its quality we should be spending any money on rather than quantity. Even with the players we have missing, we can put a strong team out as we are. If we are to add anyone, it should be to be first choice in their position, to improve the team. They will cost more but we don't need in many positions. An out-and-out attacking central midfielder would be great to create more and possibly replace the goals Crofts was getting. Possibly a younger centre-back than we have but one that improves the team (i.e. plays alongside Upson) but even that could wait until the summer. Unless we are replacing Leo (heaven forbid!) or Oscar is pondering two up top, I don't see a striker as a major need. Obika is cover for Leo for now and CMS (touch wood!) will be back to add competition and variety in the near future. So, just a real quality number 10, please! As I've said before, a young, hungry, injury-free Vicente would be ideal! Any suggestions?! WestStander17
  • Score: 2

6:03am Sat 18 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

So far we have lost half th squad, and the bright light is cms. Training at the Amex!!! Nice stage management, if Leicester are interested in gabban then we won't get him, clearly our wage offer was not enough to force his hand...
That's the negative... On the plus we are clearing players who are not a first 11 choice and those that will never be... I think Gus has had his hand in the sacking of the head of operations ... And now has control of finances... I expect him back with a decent offer for bridcutt..
Will he play today?
So far we have lost half th squad, and the bright light is cms. Training at the Amex!!! Nice stage management, if Leicester are interested in gabban then we won't get him, clearly our wage offer was not enough to force his hand... That's the negative... On the plus we are clearing players who are not a first 11 choice and those that will never be... I think Gus has had his hand in the sacking of the head of operations ... And now has control of finances... I expect him back with a decent offer for bridcutt.. Will he play today? mark by the sea
  • Score: 12

6:11am Sat 18 Jan 14

namgo49 says...

Perhaps Bruno is making the point as he is aware of his own fraillties!

We should be ok today I think and get an away win if we can get some wide play in to feed Ulloa.

Grabban I don't tthink will sign as he seems to want some guarantees on getting a game which no-one in their right mind is going to give. So Mason appears to be the next option which is not so good. I think we should be ok at the back and midfield though. Hopefully Orlandi will be good for 90 mins. and string a run of games together.
Perhaps Bruno is making the point as he is aware of his own fraillties! We should be ok today I think and get an away win if we can get some wide play in to feed Ulloa. Grabban I don't tthink will sign as he seems to want some guarantees on getting a game which no-one in their right mind is going to give. So Mason appears to be the next option which is not so good. I think we should be ok at the back and midfield though. Hopefully Orlandi will be good for 90 mins. and string a run of games together. namgo49
  • Score: -2

6:57am Sat 18 Jan 14

Albion In Staffs says...

It never looks good when a player is publicly telling his club what to do. For me, it reflects uncertainty which probably isn't there in the first place.
It never looks good when a player is publicly telling his club what to do. For me, it reflects uncertainty which probably isn't there in the first place. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: -3

7:42am Sat 18 Jan 14

fansunited says...

TK
BRUNO, MU, GG, SW
ORLANDI, INCE, KA, MARCH
ULLOA, OBIKA
BENCH: DUNK, LB, LOPEZ, IG, PB
TK BRUNO, MU, GG, SW ORLANDI, INCE, KA, MARCH ULLOA, OBIKA BENCH: DUNK, LB, LOPEZ, IG, PB fansunited
  • Score: -2

8:00am Sat 18 Jan 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

A new, young right back would be good - ie one who wasn't continually being done for pace.
A new, young right back would be good - ie one who wasn't continually being done for pace. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 9

8:09am Sat 18 Jan 14

bbb1969 says...

Just set off and a few blue and white scarves on the M23. If anyones travelling then beep the black audi with Albion scarves out the back window. Passenger today so a few drinks.
Long way to go for a draw so a win please
Just set off and a few blue and white scarves on the M23. If anyones travelling then beep the black audi with Albion scarves out the back window. Passenger today so a few drinks. Long way to go for a draw so a win please bbb1969
  • Score: 4

8:19am Sat 18 Jan 14

Neville says...

Refreshingly honest from Bruno,all the other top teams are strengthening and we are getting depleted,to much emphasis on FFP in the background and I suspect the squads morale has been hit a little.
We have had this indecision whenever we need to purchase a striker and why no news on Conway.
Crucial month ahead with too much uncertainty.
Refreshingly honest from Bruno,all the other top teams are strengthening and we are getting depleted,to much emphasis on FFP in the background and I suspect the squads morale has been hit a little. We have had this indecision whenever we need to purchase a striker and why no news on Conway. Crucial month ahead with too much uncertainty. Neville
  • Score: -1

8:40am Sat 18 Jan 14

Tonyuk175 says...

This could work out for us unleash the SOLLY our secret weapon UTA SQUAD TODAY

TK

Bruno. Upson. Greer. Ward/ chicken

Lb( for sure) Ince march Orlandi augustien

Ulloa

Subs Brez. Calde. Obika. Dunk. Andrews

This is almost the best squad all season ( lua lua missing)
This could work out for us unleash the SOLLY our secret weapon UTA SQUAD TODAY TK Bruno. Upson. Greer. Ward/ chicken Lb( for sure) Ince march Orlandi augustien Ulloa Subs Brez. Calde. Obika. Dunk. Andrews This is almost the best squad all season ( lua lua missing) Tonyuk175
  • Score: 0

8:42am Sat 18 Jan 14

seegull fly in sky says...

burno gut noe hare him lok lyke noonker bawll e USA
burno gut noe hare him lok lyke noonker bawll e USA seegull fly in sky
  • Score: -3

9:37am Sat 18 Jan 14

tonypulis says...

seegull fly in sky wrote:
burno gut noe hare him lok lyke noonker bawll e USA
Sounds like one of my half time team talks.
[quote][p][bold]seegull fly in sky[/bold] wrote: burno gut noe hare him lok lyke noonker bawll e USA[/p][/quote]Sounds like one of my half time team talks. tonypulis
  • Score: 5

9:51am Sat 18 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

namgo49 wrote:
Perhaps Bruno is making the point as he is aware of his own fraillties!

We should be ok today I think and get an away win if we can get some wide play in to feed Ulloa.

Grabban I don't tthink will sign as he seems to want some guarantees on getting a game which no-one in their right mind is going to give. So Mason appears to be the next option which is not so good. I think we should be ok at the back and midfield though. Hopefully Orlandi will be good for 90 mins. and string a run of games together.
Where did this rumour start re Grabban wanting a guarantee of first team football? No player is ever given that (if JT, Ashley Cole and Lampard can spend so much time on the bench, so can anyone...) so I can't believe it was ever requested.
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Bruno is making the point as he is aware of his own fraillties! We should be ok today I think and get an away win if we can get some wide play in to feed Ulloa. Grabban I don't tthink will sign as he seems to want some guarantees on getting a game which no-one in their right mind is going to give. So Mason appears to be the next option which is not so good. I think we should be ok at the back and midfield though. Hopefully Orlandi will be good for 90 mins. and string a run of games together.[/p][/quote]Where did this rumour start re Grabban wanting a guarantee of first team football? No player is ever given that (if JT, Ashley Cole and Lampard can spend so much time on the bench, so can anyone...) so I can't believe it was ever requested. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 3

10:04am Sat 18 Jan 14

wiseman of hove says...

namgo49 wrote:
Perhaps Bruno is making the point as he is aware of his own fraillties!

We should be ok today I think and get an away win if we can get some wide play in to feed Ulloa.

Grabban I don't tthink will sign as he seems to want some guarantees on getting a game which no-one in their right mind is going to give. So Mason appears to be the next option which is not so good. I think we should be ok at the back and midfield though. Hopefully Orlandi will be good for 90 mins. and string a run of games together.
He certainly won't get that guarantee at Leicester with their squad. I think he is yesterdays news now. Yes, Orlandi putting a string of games together would be the big bonus.
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Bruno is making the point as he is aware of his own fraillties! We should be ok today I think and get an away win if we can get some wide play in to feed Ulloa. Grabban I don't tthink will sign as he seems to want some guarantees on getting a game which no-one in their right mind is going to give. So Mason appears to be the next option which is not so good. I think we should be ok at the back and midfield though. Hopefully Orlandi will be good for 90 mins. and string a run of games together.[/p][/quote]He certainly won't get that guarantee at Leicester with their squad. I think he is yesterdays news now. Yes, Orlandi putting a string of games together would be the big bonus. wiseman of hove
  • Score: 4

10:53am Sat 18 Jan 14

Claude Back says...

tonypulis wrote:
seegull fly in sky wrote:
burno gut noe hare him lok lyke noonker bawll e USA
Sounds like one of my half time team talks.
Excellent!
[quote][p][bold]tonypulis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seegull fly in sky[/bold] wrote: burno gut noe hare him lok lyke noonker bawll e USA[/p][/quote]Sounds like one of my half time team talks.[/p][/quote]Excellent! Claude Back
  • Score: 2

11:00am Sat 18 Jan 14

Claude Back says...

TK
TTFN RSVP PS PTO
IE MRCS VIP
LLB SWALK EG

SUBS: FCUK MS BHS NXT LOL
TK TTFN RSVP PS PTO IE MRCS VIP LLB SWALK EG SUBS: FCUK MS BHS NXT LOL Claude Back
  • Score: 0

1:07pm Sat 18 Jan 14

bbb1969 says...

bbb1969 wrote:
Just set off and a few blue and white scarves on the M23. If anyones travelling then beep the black audi with Albion scarves out the back window. Passenger today so a few drinks.
Long way to go for a draw so a win please
A long way to go when you hit roadworks. 6 hours nearly in a car although did stop for a full English. Come on Seaguls lets have a win.

Looking forward to Ulloa getting on the end of a couple of March crosses today.
[quote][p][bold]bbb1969[/bold] wrote: Just set off and a few blue and white scarves on the M23. If anyones travelling then beep the black audi with Albion scarves out the back window. Passenger today so a few drinks. Long way to go for a draw so a win please[/p][/quote]A long way to go when you hit roadworks. 6 hours nearly in a car although did stop for a full English. Come on Seaguls lets have a win. Looking forward to Ulloa getting on the end of a couple of March crosses today. bbb1969
  • Score: 0

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