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Albion striker backed to adapt to English football quickly

The Argus: David Rodriguez is set to make his home debut against Doncaster on Saturday David Rodriguez is set to make his home debut against Doncaster on Saturday

David Lopez has backed his jet-heeled Spanish namesake to make a rapid transition to English football.

The Albion midfielder reckons David Rodriguez’s pace will speed up his settling in process as he takes his skills overseas for the first time.

Rodriguez is enjoying a first week of training with the Seagulls squad after signing on Friday and making his debut as a substitute at Watford two days later.

He hopes to get a chance to impress the Amex faithful when Doncaster visit on Saturday.

David Lopez admits he did not know his new colleague beforehand but chatted to him when they roomed together the night before the Watford game.

He said: “David can settle in because he is a fast striker who can score goals.

“I got to know him and he is a really good person who has come here with a lot of desire.

“I think he can do a lot of damage and give some help to Leo (Ulloa) who is up there on his own.

“He can get into the area and score goals which can help us.

“He is a very quick and intelligent player who knows how to play between the lines.

“That’s why I don’t see him having much trouble adapting.”

Rodriguez, who signed a short term deal as a free agent, was the only arrival on a quiet deadline day, although Dale Stephens also signed for the Seagulls late in the window.

David Lopez is convinced Albion can close the seven-point gap separating them from sixth place and says morale remains good.

He added: “For our part, the desire is still the same. Whether some players have gone or others are injured or others are coming into the club, the attitude of the team doesn’t change.

“We will fight match after match to be as high up the table as we can at the end of the season.”

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7:21am Wed 5 Feb 14

Captain Haddock says...

Let's hope he's right. I have a hunch he'll be good for us. His pace will indeed help him and it's what we need.

An Amex debut goal and an assist for Ulloa would be perfect!
Let's hope he's right. I have a hunch he'll be good for us. His pace will indeed help him and it's what we need. An Amex debut goal and an assist for Ulloa would be perfect! Captain Haddock
  • Score: 23

7:29am Wed 5 Feb 14

bbb1969 says...

I feel a lot better that players such as Lopez still have a desire; ensure you have the confidence to show what he did in the latter part of last season...
Be there on Saturday and also got my tickets for Hull so hoping we turn ove Doncaster although they are better than people think. And when we turn over Hull then another easy team next although wouldn't mind one of the big two.
I would love to get to the semis but be interesting what team Oscar plays realising this could be his only shout at Glory this season - for me play our cup team as there seems to be more hunger.
I feel a lot better that players such as Lopez still have a desire; ensure you have the confidence to show what he did in the latter part of last season... Be there on Saturday and also got my tickets for Hull so hoping we turn ove Doncaster although they are better than people think. And when we turn over Hull then another easy team next although wouldn't mind one of the big two. I would love to get to the semis but be interesting what team Oscar plays realising this could be his only shout at Glory this season - for me play our cup team as there seems to be more hunger. bbb1969
  • Score: 17

7:41am Wed 5 Feb 14

Yogi says...

Agree with above but rumours abound in the Daily Star, must be true, that Swansea may already have made an approach for Oscar! We'll see eh.
Would not want further upheaval but that's football.
Agree with above but rumours abound in the Daily Star, must be true, that Swansea may already have made an approach for Oscar! We'll see eh. Would not want further upheaval but that's football. Yogi
  • Score: 5

8:16am Wed 5 Feb 14

ejoiner says...

Yogi wrote:
Agree with above but rumours abound in the Daily Star, must be true, that Swansea may already have made an approach for Oscar! We'll see eh.
Would not want further upheaval but that's football.
A quick shot on Google reveals that there is actually already an Oscar Garcia at Swansea (a fitness coach who joined in 2012). So there is probably a good chance that the Daily Star has got their Oscars in a twist.
[quote][p][bold]Yogi[/bold] wrote: Agree with above but rumours abound in the Daily Star, must be true, that Swansea may already have made an approach for Oscar! We'll see eh. Would not want further upheaval but that's football.[/p][/quote]A quick shot on Google reveals that there is actually already an Oscar Garcia at Swansea (a fitness coach who joined in 2012). So there is probably a good chance that the Daily Star has got their Oscars in a twist. ejoiner
  • Score: 8

9:00am Wed 5 Feb 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case.
Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story.
Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case. Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 37

9:36am Wed 5 Feb 14

Aldrington Halt says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case.
Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story.
Ready or not, here we come! It might not be a realist's bet for this season but for the money and prestige involved it's worth a shot for everyone involved and there's nothing like a challenge to get everyone motivated! Hull went up for the first time in 2008 albeit for two years but look where they are now...
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case. Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story.[/p][/quote]Ready or not, here we come! It might not be a realist's bet for this season but for the money and prestige involved it's worth a shot for everyone involved and there's nothing like a challenge to get everyone motivated! Hull went up for the first time in 2008 albeit for two years but look where they are now... Aldrington Halt
  • Score: 0

9:40am Wed 5 Feb 14

Greyrun says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case.
Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story.
Crystal Palace were not ready yet they look as if they might survive,don't think you can pick and choose when you go up.If you do not survive you have the consolation of millions in the bank.
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case. Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story.[/p][/quote]Crystal Palace were not ready yet they look as if they might survive,don't think you can pick and choose when you go up.If you do not survive you have the consolation of millions in the bank. Greyrun
  • Score: 8

9:44am Wed 5 Feb 14

Aldrington Halt says...

Lopez says Dave 2.0 can help Leo up front, could this mean there's a coaching plan to change the attack formation with two up front....?UTA
Lopez says Dave 2.0 can help Leo up front, could this mean there's a coaching plan to change the attack formation with two up front....?UTA Aldrington Halt
  • Score: 7

9:59am Wed 5 Feb 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Greyrun says...


B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case.
Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story.
Crystal Palace were not ready yet they look as if they might survive,don't think you can pick and choose when you go up.If you do not survive you have the consolation of millions in the bank.

Sgt-Major Pullis may well keep Palace up - and unlike a lot of albion fans I hope he does - this stupid rivalry thing is just tedious old hat as far as I'm concerned. You kind of put your finger on it yourself really - 'it looks as if they might survive'. The history of Palace, Hull, Reading and a number of clubs is that of them getting into the premiership, mounting a massive battle to fight off relegation for a season or two - finally exhausting all of their resources on and off the pitch and falling back down into the championship.
It doesn't have to be like that for our club. We have a huge catchment area in terms of potential support - unique actually. It's just that - apart from the Bamber years - the club has never been run by men with real drive and vision. Now things are different - Bloom is building the foundations that will eventually not only take us into the top division but allow us to compete successfully there, rather just 'survive'.
All we need is patience. What's wrong with that. All the best things in life are worth waiting for aren't they?
Greyrun says... B rian Tawses left foot wrote: Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case. Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story. Crystal Palace were not ready yet they look as if they might survive,don't think you can pick and choose when you go up.If you do not survive you have the consolation of millions in the bank. Sgt-Major Pullis may well keep Palace up - and unlike a lot of albion fans I hope he does - this stupid rivalry thing is just tedious old hat as far as I'm concerned. You kind of put your finger on it yourself really - 'it looks as if they might survive'. The history of Palace, Hull, Reading and a number of clubs is that of them getting into the premiership, mounting a massive battle to fight off relegation for a season or two - finally exhausting all of their resources on and off the pitch and falling back down into the championship. It doesn't have to be like that for our club. We have a huge catchment area in terms of potential support - unique actually. It's just that - apart from the Bamber years - the club has never been run by men with real drive and vision. Now things are different - Bloom is building the foundations that will eventually not only take us into the top division but allow us to compete successfully there, rather just 'survive'. All we need is patience. What's wrong with that. All the best things in life are worth waiting for aren't they? B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 22

9:59am Wed 5 Feb 14

Gray seagull says...

When Rodriguez came on against Watford he was like a breath of fresh air. He has Lightning pace and looks the type of player we need to kick start our push for a playoff spot. He must start against Doncaster supporting Ulloa and I can see us winning this very important match quite comfortably. UTA
When Rodriguez came on against Watford he was like a breath of fresh air. He has Lightning pace and looks the type of player we need to kick start our push for a playoff spot. He must start against Doncaster supporting Ulloa and I can see us winning this very important match quite comfortably. UTA Gray seagull
  • Score: 15

10:13am Wed 5 Feb 14

and another thing.... says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Greyrun says...


B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case.
Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story.
Crystal Palace were not ready yet they look as if they might survive,don't think you can pick and choose when you go up.If you do not survive you have the consolation of millions in the bank.

Sgt-Major Pullis may well keep Palace up - and unlike a lot of albion fans I hope he does - this stupid rivalry thing is just tedious old hat as far as I'm concerned. You kind of put your finger on it yourself really - 'it looks as if they might survive'. The history of Palace, Hull, Reading and a number of clubs is that of them getting into the premiership, mounting a massive battle to fight off relegation for a season or two - finally exhausting all of their resources on and off the pitch and falling back down into the championship.
It doesn't have to be like that for our club. We have a huge catchment area in terms of potential support - unique actually. It's just that - apart from the Bamber years - the club has never been run by men with real drive and vision. Now things are different - Bloom is building the foundations that will eventually not only take us into the top division but allow us to compete successfully there, rather just 'survive'.
All we need is patience. What's wrong with that. All the best things in life are worth waiting for aren't they?
Good post!
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: Greyrun says... B rian Tawses left foot wrote: Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case. Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story. Crystal Palace were not ready yet they look as if they might survive,don't think you can pick and choose when you go up.If you do not survive you have the consolation of millions in the bank. Sgt-Major Pullis may well keep Palace up - and unlike a lot of albion fans I hope he does - this stupid rivalry thing is just tedious old hat as far as I'm concerned. You kind of put your finger on it yourself really - 'it looks as if they might survive'. The history of Palace, Hull, Reading and a number of clubs is that of them getting into the premiership, mounting a massive battle to fight off relegation for a season or two - finally exhausting all of their resources on and off the pitch and falling back down into the championship. It doesn't have to be like that for our club. We have a huge catchment area in terms of potential support - unique actually. It's just that - apart from the Bamber years - the club has never been run by men with real drive and vision. Now things are different - Bloom is building the foundations that will eventually not only take us into the top division but allow us to compete successfully there, rather just 'survive'. All we need is patience. What's wrong with that. All the best things in life are worth waiting for aren't they?[/p][/quote]Good post! and another thing....
  • Score: 8

10:46am Wed 5 Feb 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

I notice we've only signed David on a deal to the end of the season.
Is this not the same situation that forced the sale of Ashley Barnes?
If he's as good as he sounds I do hope we get him signed up on a longer
deal asap
I notice we've only signed David on a deal to the end of the season. Is this not the same situation that forced the sale of Ashley Barnes? If he's as good as he sounds I do hope we get him signed up on a longer deal asap Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 7

11:05am Wed 5 Feb 14

impose our game gull says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case.
Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story.
Yes, the last thing we want is to get promoted!!?? ....
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case. Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story.[/p][/quote]Yes, the last thing we want is to get promoted!!?? .... impose our game gull
  • Score: 1

11:10am Wed 5 Feb 14

Carter_Cooldancer says...

This next run of home games will define our season. After a poor yield in recent games, we must expect a minimum of 6 points from our three home league games but obviously 7 or nine will be better. Any less than we can kiss our play off hopes goodbye.

Personally I would take three home wins in the league if that meant a 10-0 reverse in front of the cameras against Hull Tigers, sorry Hull City. Of course a win would be nice, but the play offs and the premiership is more important to me, as a fan and as a progressive club.

I just hope and pray that someone in the squad, hopefully Ulloa or this new Spanish Dave mk2 hit a purple patch and single handedly propel us to wins. I think it will take individual brilliance to get us in the play offs, because clearly there tactics, formations, form and results as a team to date is not enough.

Come on you Seagulls.
This next run of home games will define our season. After a poor yield in recent games, we must expect a minimum of 6 points from our three home league games but obviously 7 or nine will be better. Any less than we can kiss our play off hopes goodbye. Personally I would take three home wins in the league if that meant a 10-0 reverse in front of the cameras against Hull Tigers, sorry Hull City. Of course a win would be nice, but the play offs and the premiership is more important to me, as a fan and as a progressive club. I just hope and pray that someone in the squad, hopefully Ulloa or this new Spanish Dave mk2 hit a purple patch and single handedly propel us to wins. I think it will take individual brilliance to get us in the play offs, because clearly there tactics, formations, form and results as a team to date is not enough. Come on you Seagulls. Carter_Cooldancer
  • Score: 3

11:23am Wed 5 Feb 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

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11:05am Wed 5 Feb 14

impose our game gull says...


B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case.
Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story.
Yes, the last thing we want is to get promoted!!?? ....

When we're clearly not ready for it - no.
.Quote » Report this post » ... 11:05am Wed 5 Feb 14 impose our game gull says... B rian Tawses left foot wrote: Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case. Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story. Yes, the last thing we want is to get promoted!!?? .... When we're clearly not ready for it - no. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: -2

11:23am Wed 5 Feb 14

Chi Gull says...

Fans want promotion whether we are ready or not. Even if we came straight back down, at least we would be on an even footing with other clubs on parachute payments - currently £60m over 4 years. I am not saying that's what I want, but a lot fans think that way.

Two of the big spenders, Notts Forest and Leicester, do not have parachute payments, so they will be in trouble if they don't get promoted. Reading QPR and Burnley are desperate to get back up before they start to lose their parachute payments. Although our big crowds give us some advantage over the other teams - maybe £2m-£5m per annum - you have to set that against the parachute payments of between £8m and £24m depending on when a team was relegated and how long ago they were relegated.

We are always going to need to punch above our financial weight to get promoted - and so far we have pretty much been doing that, under both Gus and OG. What none of us know is how much of our additional gate/season ticket money goes into the playing side, and how much goes on servicing the development and running costs of our fantastic new ground and development facilities. As Gus used to say - its complicated.
Fans want promotion whether we are ready or not. Even if we came straight back down, at least we would be on an even footing with other clubs on parachute payments - currently £60m over 4 years. I am not saying that's what I want, but a lot fans think that way. Two of the big spenders, Notts Forest and Leicester, do not have parachute payments, so they will be in trouble if they don't get promoted. Reading QPR and Burnley are desperate to get back up before they start to lose their parachute payments. Although our big crowds give us some advantage over the other teams - maybe £2m-£5m per annum - you have to set that against the parachute payments of between £8m and £24m depending on when a team was relegated and how long ago they were relegated. We are always going to need to punch above our financial weight to get promoted - and so far we have pretty much been doing that, under both Gus and OG. What none of us know is how much of our additional gate/season ticket money goes into the playing side, and how much goes on servicing the development and running costs of our fantastic new ground and development facilities. As Gus used to say - its complicated. Chi Gull
  • Score: 13

11:29am Wed 5 Feb 14

B.W. says...

If Oscar sticks with Orlandi and SD1 in the front 3, we will fail to win on Sat. He really needs to stand by his alleged philosophy of attacking football. So, play 2 of Kaz, SD2, March. Orlandi behind Ulloa. SD1 to the bench (finally).
If Oscar sticks with Orlandi and SD1 in the front 3, we will fail to win on Sat. He really needs to stand by his alleged philosophy of attacking football. So, play 2 of Kaz, SD2, March. Orlandi behind Ulloa. SD1 to the bench (finally). B.W.
  • Score: 9

12:09pm Wed 5 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

Swansea have made an approach for Oscar, if he goes I wonder who we will get and how we will play. Those few that want Oscar replaced could get their wish
Swansea have made an approach for Oscar, if he goes I wonder who we will get and how we will play. Those few that want Oscar replaced could get their wish VegasSeagull
  • Score: -4

12:34pm Wed 5 Feb 14

B.W. says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Swansea have made an approach for Oscar, if he goes I wonder who we will get and how we will play. Those few that want Oscar replaced could get their wish
Don't want him replaced. That would be a disaster. But he needs to instill a more attacking philosophy and start picking more of our undoubtedly talented attacking players.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Swansea have made an approach for Oscar, if he goes I wonder who we will get and how we will play. Those few that want Oscar replaced could get their wish[/p][/quote]Don't want him replaced. That would be a disaster. But he needs to instill a more attacking philosophy and start picking more of our undoubtedly talented attacking players. B.W.
  • Score: 0

12:46pm Wed 5 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

B.W. wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
Swansea have made an approach for Oscar, if he goes I wonder who we will get and how we will play. Those few that want Oscar replaced could get their wish
Don't want him replaced. That would be a disaster. But he needs to instill a more attacking philosophy and start picking more of our undoubtedly talented attacking players.
I doubt that the article stating that an approach has been made has any legs, not when you consider that it originates in the Star newspaper.
[quote][p][bold]B.W.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Swansea have made an approach for Oscar, if he goes I wonder who we will get and how we will play. Those few that want Oscar replaced could get their wish[/p][/quote]Don't want him replaced. That would be a disaster. But he needs to instill a more attacking philosophy and start picking more of our undoubtedly talented attacking players.[/p][/quote]I doubt that the article stating that an approach has been made has any legs, not when you consider that it originates in the Star newspaper. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 6

12:55pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Eddy B says...

Doubt very much the OG to Swansea rumours are true - it is too early days to lose Oscar. However if they are true, let him go, tap Swansea for the compensation and get Laudrup (and Michu!) in. Don't want another Gus situation.
Doubt very much the OG to Swansea rumours are true - it is too early days to lose Oscar. However if they are true, let him go, tap Swansea for the compensation and get Laudrup (and Michu!) in. Don't want another Gus situation. Eddy B
  • Score: 5

1:00pm Wed 5 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

Eddy B wrote:
Doubt very much the OG to Swansea rumours are true - it is too early days to lose Oscar. However if they are true, let him go, tap Swansea for the compensation and get Laudrup (and Michu!) in. Don't want another Gus situation.
Eddy I read that Swansea will have around 5 million in compensation to pay to Laudrup, if they want Oscar they would have to pay us too, this sacking could be an expensive move so perhaps they will opt for someone that is out of work.
[quote][p][bold]Eddy B[/bold] wrote: Doubt very much the OG to Swansea rumours are true - it is too early days to lose Oscar. However if they are true, let him go, tap Swansea for the compensation and get Laudrup (and Michu!) in. Don't want another Gus situation.[/p][/quote]Eddy I read that Swansea will have around 5 million in compensation to pay to Laudrup, if they want Oscar they would have to pay us too, this sacking could be an expensive move so perhaps they will opt for someone that is out of work. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 1

1:48pm Wed 5 Feb 14

jockithenoo says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Swansea have made an approach for Oscar, if he goes I wonder who we will get and how we will play. Those few that want Oscar replaced could get their wish
It's not our garcia they are after
UTA
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Swansea have made an approach for Oscar, if he goes I wonder who we will get and how we will play. Those few that want Oscar replaced could get their wish[/p][/quote]It's not our garcia they are after UTA jockithenoo
  • Score: 4

1:50pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Zamora251 says...

Brighton will really struggle to make the play-offs this season, they need to start scoring goals and until OG changes the formation and play two upfront, they wont, we are becoming a laughing stock in the championship and that is sad to see considering how far we have come, so OG get your head out of your arse and listen to the fans and get this team scoring goals!!
Brighton will really struggle to make the play-offs this season, they need to start scoring goals and until OG changes the formation and play two upfront, they wont, we are becoming a laughing stock in the championship and that is sad to see considering how far we have come, so OG get your head out of your arse and listen to the fans and get this team scoring goals!! Zamora251
  • Score: -11

2:12pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Neville says...

Unfortunately there is never any guarantee of promotion,if the opportunity is there at any time we have to go for it regardless,there is never a bad time to get promoted.
The squad itself is going to need a rebuild come the end of season anyway, most of the players are on short term deals plus the loanees.
I would like to see TK and MU offered deals,although TK especially may be waiting to see what transpires to the end of the season.
We have some good young prospects with RI,JFC,AC,SM and possibly a couple more but whatever happens we do need some quality and pace injected at the back and midfield.
With some of the playing budget not used for this season plus the transfer fees kept and more money in the kitty when WB no doubt departs there is an over riding danger of overdoing FFP, especially when few clubs are abiding by the rules. This season and reading the press and several managers,seem to question whether or not EUFA are able to implement tough sanctions/fines muted. Most Championship clubs are seem prepared to take the risk.
Penalties don't get looked at until Dec 2014 by which time the three promoted teams or chairman won't really be too worried about financial fines,as the riches from the PL will already have started to roll in and most promoted clubs will already have strengthened before any player embargos etc.
My own personal opinion is that next season will be even more difficult to gain promotion especially with the board totally immersed in FFP regulations again.
Unfortunately there is never any guarantee of promotion,if the opportunity is there at any time we have to go for it regardless,there is never a bad time to get promoted. The squad itself is going to need a rebuild come the end of season anyway, most of the players are on short term deals plus the loanees. I would like to see TK and MU offered deals,although TK especially may be waiting to see what transpires to the end of the season. We have some good young prospects with RI,JFC,AC,SM and possibly a couple more but whatever happens we do need some quality and pace injected at the back and midfield. With some of the playing budget not used for this season plus the transfer fees kept and more money in the kitty when WB no doubt departs there is an over riding danger of overdoing FFP, especially when few clubs are abiding by the rules. This season and reading the press and several managers,seem to question whether or not EUFA are able to implement tough sanctions/fines muted. Most Championship clubs are seem prepared to take the risk. Penalties don't get looked at until Dec 2014 by which time the three promoted teams or chairman won't really be too worried about financial fines,as the riches from the PL will already have started to roll in and most promoted clubs will already have strengthened before any player embargos etc. My own personal opinion is that next season will be even more difficult to gain promotion especially with the board totally immersed in FFP regulations again. Neville
  • Score: 3

3:15pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Baldseagull says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Greyrun says...


B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case.
Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story.
Crystal Palace were not ready yet they look as if they might survive,don't think you can pick and choose when you go up.If you do not survive you have the consolation of millions in the bank.

Sgt-Major Pullis may well keep Palace up - and unlike a lot of albion fans I hope he does - this stupid rivalry thing is just tedious old hat as far as I'm concerned. You kind of put your finger on it yourself really - 'it looks as if they might survive'. The history of Palace, Hull, Reading and a number of clubs is that of them getting into the premiership, mounting a massive battle to fight off relegation for a season or two - finally exhausting all of their resources on and off the pitch and falling back down into the championship.
It doesn't have to be like that for our club. We have a huge catchment area in terms of potential support - unique actually. It's just that - apart from the Bamber years - the club has never been run by men with real drive and vision. Now things are different - Bloom is building the foundations that will eventually not only take us into the top division but allow us to compete successfully there, rather just 'survive'.
All we need is patience. What's wrong with that. All the best things in life are worth waiting for aren't they?
Decent post, except for rubbishing our rivalry. You can choose to see them as just another club if you like, but hoping they stay up? Why?
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: Greyrun says... B rian Tawses left foot wrote: Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case. Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story. Crystal Palace were not ready yet they look as if they might survive,don't think you can pick and choose when you go up.If you do not survive you have the consolation of millions in the bank. Sgt-Major Pullis may well keep Palace up - and unlike a lot of albion fans I hope he does - this stupid rivalry thing is just tedious old hat as far as I'm concerned. You kind of put your finger on it yourself really - 'it looks as if they might survive'. The history of Palace, Hull, Reading and a number of clubs is that of them getting into the premiership, mounting a massive battle to fight off relegation for a season or two - finally exhausting all of their resources on and off the pitch and falling back down into the championship. It doesn't have to be like that for our club. We have a huge catchment area in terms of potential support - unique actually. It's just that - apart from the Bamber years - the club has never been run by men with real drive and vision. Now things are different - Bloom is building the foundations that will eventually not only take us into the top division but allow us to compete successfully there, rather just 'survive'. All we need is patience. What's wrong with that. All the best things in life are worth waiting for aren't they?[/p][/quote]Decent post, except for rubbishing our rivalry. You can choose to see them as just another club if you like, but hoping they stay up? Why? Baldseagull
  • Score: 0

3:20pm Wed 5 Feb 14

RossC21 says...

Some albion fans are right mongs.

1st season in English football
Injury crisis
Came in the midst of a storm
lost a key player

We're 9th.

We're still in a position where we can make the play-offs. But that's not good enough. Makes you actually think that these are the ones that all of a sudden decided to start supporting Brighton instead of Spurs or Chelsea but are impatient to wait for Brighton to get to the top flight in a financially sustainable way.

You guys seem to think spunking money gets results. Palace barely spent any more last season, look where they are now. Burnley hardly spent this season, look where they are at the moment.

Some people need a reality check, it's easy for you to argue for Brighton to spend and risk financially when you have a second team to immediately start supporting afterwards when it gets pear shaped here!
Some albion fans are right mongs. 1st season in English football Injury crisis Came in the midst of a storm lost a key player We're 9th. We're still in a position where we can make the play-offs. But that's not good enough. Makes you actually think that these are the ones that all of a sudden decided to start supporting Brighton instead of Spurs or Chelsea but are impatient to wait for Brighton to get to the top flight in a financially sustainable way. You guys seem to think spunking money gets results. Palace barely spent any more last season, look where they are now. Burnley hardly spent this season, look where they are at the moment. Some people need a reality check, it's easy for you to argue for Brighton to spend and risk financially when you have a second team to immediately start supporting afterwards when it gets pear shaped here! RossC21
  • Score: 3

3:39pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Falmer Wizard says...

Greyrun wrote:
B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case.
Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story.
Crystal Palace were not ready yet they look as if they might survive,don't think you can pick and choose when you go up.If you do not survive you have the consolation of millions in the bank.
Spot on Brian
Whether Palace or Cardiff survive is not the point its being in a league in which they are just making up the numbers,its a fact that they will have several millions to play with when relegated however the players they sign will have 3/4 year contracts which will eat up cash with the option of almost giving them away to get them off the paybill
[quote][p][bold]Greyrun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: Interesting situation at Swansea - certain similarities with the 'Gus saga' I think. Apparently Laudrup had been at loggerheads with the board since the summer over the amount of money available for buying players - ring any bells? Some albion fans seem to think that if we spent big and got into the premier league all of our financial worries would somehow magically melt away. As Brighton are a similar sized club to Swansea it seems very clear that this is manifestly not the case. Frankly I don't understand this obsession with the club going up this season. We simply aren't ready for it - either on or off the pitch. When the new training facilities and commercial development a Falmer are up and running it will be a different story.[/p][/quote]Crystal Palace were not ready yet they look as if they might survive,don't think you can pick and choose when you go up.If you do not survive you have the consolation of millions in the bank.[/p][/quote]Spot on Brian Whether Palace or Cardiff survive is not the point its being in a league in which they are just making up the numbers,its a fact that they will have several millions to play with when relegated however the players they sign will have 3/4 year contracts which will eat up cash with the option of almost giving them away to get them off the paybill Falmer Wizard
  • Score: 1

4:44pm Wed 5 Feb 14

WiseOldSeagull says...

David has said that we are not giving up and will give everything in every game to get into the playoffs. You can't just give up on a season when you have worked so hard to get where we are with all of the problems we've had to endure. As others have said we will need a squad overhaul regadless of where we end up at the end of the season. We shoud go all out with the resources at our disposal to achieve promotion. We should not throw in the towel because we are not "premier league ready". That would diminish all we have worked for this season against all the odds.
David has said that we are not giving up and will give everything in every game to get into the playoffs. You can't just give up on a season when you have worked so hard to get where we are with all of the problems we've had to endure. As others have said we will need a squad overhaul regadless of where we end up at the end of the season. We shoud go all out with the resources at our disposal to achieve promotion. We should not throw in the towel because we are not "premier league ready". That would diminish all we have worked for this season against all the odds. WiseOldSeagull
  • Score: 5

4:45pm Wed 5 Feb 14

daughter-of-manag says...

Zamora251 wrote:
Brighton will really struggle to make the play-offs this season, they need to start scoring goals and until OG changes the formation and play two upfront, they wont, we are becoming a laughing stock in the championship and that is sad to see considering how far we have come, so OG get your head out of your arse and listen to the fans and get this team scoring goals!!
Why not keep saying it over and over again? A laughing stock? My bet is that deep down in your heart you yearn for hoofball to come back too.

brokenrecord..com
[quote][p][bold]Zamora251[/bold] wrote: Brighton will really struggle to make the play-offs this season, they need to start scoring goals and until OG changes the formation and play two upfront, they wont, we are becoming a laughing stock in the championship and that is sad to see considering how far we have come, so OG get your head out of your arse and listen to the fans and get this team scoring goals!![/p][/quote]Why not keep saying it over and over again? A laughing stock? My bet is that deep down in your heart you yearn for hoofball to come back too. brokenrecord..com daughter-of-manag
  • Score: 3

6:10pm Wed 5 Feb 14

OldGull says...

Why all the negativity?
We are still just outside the playoff positions.
We will reach the prem, but probably not this year.
Lets be patient.

And how about a reality check, Our club is over 100 years old
We have spent just 4 years in the top flight
2 years in the 70's achieving that promotion
2 play off attempts (1991 & 2013)

So if we remain in 9th place it will be our 9th highest position EVER.

So stop bloody moaning and support your team.
Or **** off and support the Mancs, Arsenal or Chelsea
Why all the negativity? We are still just outside the playoff positions. We will reach the prem, but probably not this year. Lets be patient. And how about a reality check, Our club is over 100 years old We have spent just 4 years in the top flight 2 years in the 70's achieving that promotion 2 play off attempts (1991 & 2013) So if we remain in 9th place it will be our 9th highest position EVER. So stop bloody moaning and support your team. Or **** off and support the Mancs, Arsenal or Chelsea OldGull
  • Score: 5

8:29pm Wed 5 Feb 14

daughter-of-manag says...

OldGull wrote:
Why all the negativity?
We are still just outside the playoff positions.
We will reach the prem, but probably not this year.
Lets be patient.

And how about a reality check, Our club is over 100 years old
We have spent just 4 years in the top flight
2 years in the 70's achieving that promotion
2 play off attempts (1991 & 2013)

So if we remain in 9th place it will be our 9th highest position EVER.

So stop bloody moaning and support your team.
Or **** off and support the Mancs, Arsenal or Chelsea
Good post - couldn't agree with you more!
[quote][p][bold]OldGull[/bold] wrote: Why all the negativity? We are still just outside the playoff positions. We will reach the prem, but probably not this year. Lets be patient. And how about a reality check, Our club is over 100 years old We have spent just 4 years in the top flight 2 years in the 70's achieving that promotion 2 play off attempts (1991 & 2013) So if we remain in 9th place it will be our 9th highest position EVER. So stop bloody moaning and support your team. Or **** off and support the Mancs, Arsenal or Chelsea[/p][/quote]Good post - couldn't agree with you more! daughter-of-manag
  • Score: 2

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