Oscar targets loan window signings to get Albion back on promotion trail

The Argus: Oscar Garcia wants Albion to borrow players to help bolster their bid for promotion Oscar Garcia wants Albion to borrow players to help bolster their bid for promotion

Oscar Garcia wants Albion to borrow their way back into promotion contention.

The Seagulls’ head coach is eager to bolster his squad during the loan transfer window, which opens today.

Oscar’s bosses have pledged to back him in the loan market, in spite of the club’s near-£15 million loss last season and the constraints of Financial Fair Play rules.

Albion already have defender Stephen Ward and injured midfielder Keith Andrews on season-long loans, plus striker Jonathan Obika for 93 days.

Oscar is keen to add to the tally after missing out on targets in January but fears it will be tough for Albion to compete with some of their big-spending Championship rivals. Ths Spaniard told The Argus: “I want to strengthen the squad from the start but the club has a structure and sometimes it’s difficult to compete with other clubs for certain players. “But this is the philosophy of the club and we have to manage as best as we can.”

Ninth-placed Albion host sixth-bottom Doncaster Rovers today hoping to reverse a trend this season of better results against teams at the top than those towards the wrong end of the table.

The Seagulls have not beaten any of the current bottom four and have lost or drawn at the Amex against Doncaster’s fellow strugglers Barnsley, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday.

Oscar said: “This is one of the things we have to improve, to be better against these kind of teams. The biggest problem is if we don’t score then they can sit back and only defend.

“If we score in the first 15 minutes then they have to play differently.

“I expect a tough game, like all the games here, because every team is playing for something. We must be focused and we have to start the game well. With the support of the fans we are confident about picking up the three points.”

Jake Forster-Caskey has a fighting chance of being involved. The hamstring injury which forced the midfield teenager off in the first half of Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Watford is not as bad as feared.

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7:11am Sat 8 Feb 14

bbb1969 says...

Just play the players that perform when they get on the pitch. Bench the players who are not performing. Give players such as Augustien and Obika a chance then see how it goes. The players now benched; at the top of my list is Lopez will need time to reflect on their consistency and if players like March impress then they keep their place and the bench platers have to earn theur spot.
So do we need more loanees bumping the wage bill up...no, not unless the players do not perform. Our players we have are good enough; we have depth; the players need to want it and perform.
Just play the players that perform when they get on the pitch. Bench the players who are not performing. Give players such as Augustien and Obika a chance then see how it goes. The players now benched; at the top of my list is Lopez will need time to reflect on their consistency and if players like March impress then they keep their place and the bench platers have to earn theur spot. So do we need more loanees bumping the wage bill up...no, not unless the players do not perform. Our players we have are good enough; we have depth; the players need to want it and perform. bbb1969

7:33am Sat 8 Feb 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

Be prepared to take more Spanish lessons... If OG is indeed given free rein to plunder the loan market he will be using his contacts and knowledge of the Spanish game to bring in more players. Olé. Bring it on. (It should have happened att he beginning of the season) UTA !!!
Be prepared to take more Spanish lessons... If OG is indeed given free rein to plunder the loan market he will be using his contacts and knowledge of the Spanish game to bring in more players. Olé. Bring it on. (It should have happened att he beginning of the season) UTA !!! Jonathan Mouette

8:32am Sat 8 Feb 14

searich1983 says...

Jonathan Mouette wrote:
Be prepared to take more Spanish lessons... If OG is indeed given free rein to plunder the loan market he will be using his contacts and knowledge of the Spanish game to bring in more players. Olé. Bring it on. (It should have happened att he beginning of the season) UTA !!!
sorry JM but we can only loan players already in England, so if you means spanish playing over here then fine. Not possible international loans.
[quote][p][bold]Jonathan Mouette[/bold] wrote: Be prepared to take more Spanish lessons... If OG is indeed given free rein to plunder the loan market he will be using his contacts and knowledge of the Spanish game to bring in more players. Olé. Bring it on. (It should have happened att he beginning of the season) UTA !!![/p][/quote]sorry JM but we can only loan players already in England, so if you means spanish playing over here then fine. Not possible international loans. searich1983

8:37am Sat 8 Feb 14

searich1983 says...

Sorry but is this one of the first times that OG is complaining in the press? read his words: “I want to strengthen the squad from the start but the club has a structure and sometimes it’s difficult to compete with other clubs for certain players. “But this is the philosophy of the club and we have to manage as best as we can.”
He means to me that the club didn't let him strengthen the squad, so why the other day Burke said "we will support Oscar in the loan market", sounds that the club say one thing and then they do internally the opposite, just trying to calm things down with the fans but in reality they don't do it
Interesting for me, what do you think?
Sorry but is this one of the first times that OG is complaining in the press? read his words: “I want to strengthen the squad from the start but the club has a structure and sometimes it’s difficult to compete with other clubs for certain players. “But this is the philosophy of the club and we have to manage as best as we can.” He means to me that the club didn't let him strengthen the squad, so why the other day Burke said "we will support Oscar in the loan market", sounds that the club say one thing and then they do internally the opposite, just trying to calm things down with the fans but in reality they don't do it Interesting for me, what do you think? searich1983

9:08am Sat 8 Feb 14

farside says...

searich1983 wrote:
Sorry but is this one of the first times that OG is complaining in the press? read his words: “I want to strengthen the squad from the start but the club has a structure and sometimes it’s difficult to compete with other clubs for certain players. “But this is the philosophy of the club and we have to manage as best as we can.”
He means to me that the club didn't let him strengthen the squad, so why the other day Burke said "we will support Oscar in the loan market", sounds that the club say one thing and then they do internally the opposite, just trying to calm things down with the fans but in reality they don't do it
Interesting for me, what do you think?
Think you are stirring rubbish where there is none.
Your "interpretation" that he is complaining rather than mine that he is explaining.....if you want unequivocal complaints then check back on what Gus was saying this time last year.
[quote][p][bold]searich1983[/bold] wrote: Sorry but is this one of the first times that OG is complaining in the press? read his words: “I want to strengthen the squad from the start but the club has a structure and sometimes it’s difficult to compete with other clubs for certain players. “But this is the philosophy of the club and we have to manage as best as we can.” He means to me that the club didn't let him strengthen the squad, so why the other day Burke said "we will support Oscar in the loan market", sounds that the club say one thing and then they do internally the opposite, just trying to calm things down with the fans but in reality they don't do it Interesting for me, what do you think?[/p][/quote]Think you are stirring rubbish where there is none. Your "interpretation" that he is complaining rather than mine that he is explaining.....if you want unequivocal complaints then check back on what Gus was saying this time last year. farside

9:32am Sat 8 Feb 14

Captain Haddock says...

Don't think it's a complaint as such but there is the beginning of a worrying undertone. I'm sure Oscar is a little frustrated at us not having the transfer power he'd like. I'm sure he was also aware of this at the time he signed up but perhaps it has kicked in a bit these past two months.

I don't think he's getting itchy feet or spoilt Gus-style but it is a slight concern to have lingering around as a background element should Swansea come calling.
Don't think it's a complaint as such but there is the beginning of a worrying undertone. I'm sure Oscar is a little frustrated at us not having the transfer power he'd like. I'm sure he was also aware of this at the time he signed up but perhaps it has kicked in a bit these past two months. I don't think he's getting itchy feet or spoilt Gus-style but it is a slight concern to have lingering around as a background element should Swansea come calling. Captain Haddock

10:20am Sat 8 Feb 14

Alfie T says...

Said it yourself Oscar, if we don't score in the first fifteen minutes then we have a problem. Let's go for it today then, attack them from the whistle and win the game in the first half.
Said it yourself Oscar, if we don't score in the first fifteen minutes then we have a problem. Let's go for it today then, attack them from the whistle and win the game in the first half. Alfie T

10:36am Sat 8 Feb 14

pjwilk says...

Oscar will realize we have indeed reached our ceiling,as our last manager said and frustration with the situation could also move Oscar on sooner than later.Any loans should be vastly superior to what we have already or dont bother.
Oscar will realize we have indeed reached our ceiling,as our last manager said and frustration with the situation could also move Oscar on sooner than later.Any loans should be vastly superior to what we have already or dont bother. pjwilk

11:26am Sat 8 Feb 14

To baldly go says...

Why have we played so bad against bottom clubs at home! Wrong team selection imo, 1up front at home allows the opposition to nullify our attack, they then pack out midfield, again stopping us from playing, leaving us playing ping pong in defence until we miss place a pass and then they pounce on it.
With a gap of 7 points to the play off spots and a poor goal difference, we need to go for it, could we play 3-4-3? Looking at how few goals Doncaster have scored on the road I think we can contain them with 3 defenders, allowing us to pin them in their half and go for it, if it doesn't work, change it after 30 minutes. We need confidence boosting wins and goals, not to pinch another 1-0 win at best.
Why have we played so bad against bottom clubs at home! Wrong team selection imo, 1up front at home allows the opposition to nullify our attack, they then pack out midfield, again stopping us from playing, leaving us playing ping pong in defence until we miss place a pass and then they pounce on it. With a gap of 7 points to the play off spots and a poor goal difference, we need to go for it, could we play 3-4-3? Looking at how few goals Doncaster have scored on the road I think we can contain them with 3 defenders, allowing us to pin them in their half and go for it, if it doesn't work, change it after 30 minutes. We need confidence boosting wins and goals, not to pinch another 1-0 win at best. To baldly go

1:58pm Sat 8 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

Ping pong passing around the half way line or deeper does nothing for us, the opposition will just sit tight and let us build our possession minutes.
The same ping pong passing around the opposition 18 yard box, or just outside, is what counts, pull the defenders out of position and then play the thru pass, and this is what we have been lacking. I agree with you TBGo, we need to take the game to Doncaster and to do that we need Rodriguez to start along with Ulloa, and I think he will.
Ping pong passing around the half way line or deeper does nothing for us, the opposition will just sit tight and let us build our possession minutes. The same ping pong passing around the opposition 18 yard box, or just outside, is what counts, pull the defenders out of position and then play the thru pass, and this is what we have been lacking. I agree with you TBGo, we need to take the game to Doncaster and to do that we need Rodriguez to start along with Ulloa, and I think he will. VegasSeagull

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