Albion new boy hailed as a bargain buy

Dale Stephens made his debut at Watford last Sunday

Dale Stephens made his debut at Watford last Sunday

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion have landed a "real bargain" buy in Dale Stephens.

Their playing style and The Amex will suit Stephens down to the ground.

That is the verdict of former Albion goalkeeper John Sullivan, who knows all about the Seagulls' January midfield capture from their time together at Charlton.

Albion signed Stephens from Charlton the day before the January transfer window closed. The fee was understood to be £500,000, rising to a potential £700,000 with add-ons.

Sullivan believes that is a steal. He told The Argus: "I had no idea what the price was but if that's the price I'm telling everyone now that Brighton have got themselves a real bargain, because for me he is definitely worth more than that.

"At Charlton at the moment, with the new owner, there seems to be a few players leaving who when I was there were the core of the team.

"Charlton seem to be going in a different direction and Brighton have reaped the benefits by signing Dale."

Stephens made his Albion debut in Sunday's disappointing 2-0 defeat by Watford at Vicarage Road.

Travelling supporters only caught glimpses of what he is all about but they may learn more at The Amex tomorrow.

The mobile and energetic 24-year-old makes his home debut against Doncaster Rovers - 11 days after ending up on the losing side against them in his final appearance for Charlton.

Stephens has a quick opportunity to avenge that 3-0 defeat for his former club at the Keepmoat Stadium, on a playing surface which Sullivan thinks will help him display his talents.

"During my time at Charlton he was definitely one of the best players," Sullivan said. "He is a midfielder who likes to get on the ball and his range of passing is excellent, so the way Brighton play will suit him.

"The pitch at The Valley is not in a great state, so when he plays at The Amex I think he is going to do very well for the club."

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1:14pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Aye Aye says...

Nice to be on the receiving end of a bargain buy, for a change!! Reports on Dale Stephens have been very positive and I'm looking forward to seeing how he gets on tomorrow.

UTA!
Nice to be on the receiving end of a bargain buy, for a change!! Reports on Dale Stephens have been very positive and I'm looking forward to seeing how he gets on tomorrow. UTA! Aye Aye
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1:39pm Fri 7 Feb 14

SMF20 says...

Im looking forward to seeing what this guy can achieve with us.

Its interesting that most see him as a replacement for Crofts and yet the linked story to the threads last week gave a report of him being in the Bridcutt mold and that a team should be built around him.

Wish him well either way.

Uta
Im looking forward to seeing what this guy can achieve with us. Its interesting that most see him as a replacement for Crofts and yet the linked story to the threads last week gave a report of him being in the Bridcutt mold and that a team should be built around him. Wish him well either way. Uta SMF20
  • Score: 7

1:54pm Fri 7 Feb 14

farside says...

Replacing Bridcutt or replacing Crofts?
He has been playing a deep lying role for Charlton this season to good effect but previously played further forward in what most consider his best position if only because he is capable of hurting other teams with incisive passing and has a powerful shot.
Replacing Bridcutt or replacing Crofts? He has been playing a deep lying role for Charlton this season to good effect but previously played further forward in what most consider his best position if only because he is capable of hurting other teams with incisive passing and has a powerful shot. farside
  • Score: 5

1:56pm Fri 7 Feb 14

sgambling1 says...

Great just what the board needed, by the sounds of it we need a few bargins!
Great just what the board needed, by the sounds of it we need a few bargins! sgambling1
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1:58pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Alfie T says...

Liked what I saw of him at Watford, he was one of Charltons better players and their fans were not happy to see him go.
Going to be real competition in our midfield now, happy days. 3.0 tomorrow.
Liked what I saw of him at Watford, he was one of Charltons better players and their fans were not happy to see him go. Going to be real competition in our midfield now, happy days. 3.0 tomorrow. Alfie T
  • Score: 4

2:20pm Fri 7 Feb 14

ColinPep1 says...

Not so much a different direction but a total lack of money for Charlton, even with a new owner. Still, that is Albion's gain.
Not so much a different direction but a total lack of money for Charlton, even with a new owner. Still, that is Albion's gain. ColinPep1
  • Score: 3

2:33pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

This is very encouraging. Let's hope John Sullivan is a good judge of players, although goalkeepers are a bit mad.
Looking forward to seeing Dale and David Rodrigues tomorrow and 3 points.
UTA
This is very encouraging. Let's hope John Sullivan is a good judge of players, although goalkeepers are a bit mad. Looking forward to seeing Dale and David Rodrigues tomorrow and 3 points. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 7

4:21pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Eddy B says...

Not expecting any trees to be pulled up by Stephens but let's hope I'm wrong. More excited about seeing Dave Rodders hopefully.

My team -
Tomas
Bruno, Greer, Upson, Ward
Ince, Agustein, Stephens, Lua Lua,
Rodders
Ulloa

I'd then have March and Orlandi first in line on the bench (and am assuming Buckley is injured)
Not expecting any trees to be pulled up by Stephens but let's hope I'm wrong. More excited about seeing Dave Rodders hopefully. My team - Tomas Bruno, Greer, Upson, Ward Ince, Agustein, Stephens, Lua Lua, Rodders Ulloa I'd then have March and Orlandi first in line on the bench (and am assuming Buckley is injured) Eddy B
  • Score: 3

2:39am Sat 8 Feb 14

Captain Haddock says...

I think the fact there are contrasting assessments of his credentials (who he replaces in our team) says it all. From the relatively little I know of him he likes to rove around the pitch getting involved so is not exactly a replacement for either of Crofts and Bridcutt, more a component part in a modified midfield structure. I think he and Ince are likely to complement each other in the middle, with Orlandi the best choice to join them for further creativity, then any combo of Kaz, Solly, Buckers and Rodders in wide attack to help Leo.
I think the fact there are contrasting assessments of his credentials (who he replaces in our team) says it all. From the relatively little I know of him he likes to rove around the pitch getting involved so is not exactly a replacement for either of Crofts and Bridcutt, more a component part in a modified midfield structure. I think he and Ince are likely to complement each other in the middle, with Orlandi the best choice to join them for further creativity, then any combo of Kaz, Solly, Buckers and Rodders in wide attack to help Leo. Captain Haddock
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