Oscar's challenge to his out-of-contract brigade

Oscar Garcia

Oscar Garcia

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Albion boss Oscar Garcia has urged his players to forget about their futures and concentrate on the run-in.

Only four of the team and four of the substitutes involved in Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday are contracted to the club next season.

The rest have deals which run out in June or, in the cases of loan trio Stephen Ward, Keith Andrews and Jesse Lingard, return to their parent clubs.

Oscar does not expect the uncertain situation for the majority of the squad to be a distraction to the Seagulls’ challenge for the Championship play-offs.

He told The Argus: “Everybody has to be focused on these nine games. Hopefully we have to play more than that but the players need to be focused on the next game and winning them all.

“During my career I knew I had to play 100% if I wanted to stay or if I had to sign for another club, to show everybody my level and to play as well as I can.”

Albion should have Leo Ulloa back from illness against Middlesbrough at the Amex today to spearhead their bid to respond to back-to-back defeats by Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday.

Oscar said: “In the last two games we had more passes than in any of the other games but it’s difficult to win if you don’t take the chances. This is one thing we have to improve if we want to win games.”

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7:07am Sat 29 Mar 14

Maddog Mc says...

Sherlock and Watson at the helm!
Sherlock and Watson at the helm! Maddog Mc
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7:29am Sat 29 Mar 14

Brighton Scot says...

More passes yes actual shots at the target No come lads let's see some shots on goal
More passes yes actual shots at the target No come lads let's see some shots on goal Brighton Scot
  • Score: 3

7:39am Sat 29 Mar 14

seagullsays says...

Whilst many would consider that today's footballers are pampered and over paid, they still have families to raise and mortgages to pay. It's naive in my opinion to expect them to concentrate 100% on the job in hand if they know they are possibly out of a job in the summer. Would it be wrong for their agents to already be making enquiries on their behalf? I don't think so. If my job was ending in just 3 months time, I'd be looking for another or at least asking my current employer for some clarification for me personally.

Some of our best players should have been coffered ontracts already in my opinion, TK & MU to name just a couple.
Whilst many would consider that today's footballers are pampered and over paid, they still have families to raise and mortgages to pay. It's naive in my opinion to expect them to concentrate 100% on the job in hand if they know they are possibly out of a job in the summer. Would it be wrong for their agents to already be making enquiries on their behalf? I don't think so. If my job was ending in just 3 months time, I'd be looking for another or at least asking my current employer for some clarification for me personally. Some of our best players should have been coffered ontracts already in my opinion, TK & MU to name just a couple. seagullsays
  • Score: 12

7:46am Sat 29 Mar 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

There needs to be a mass clear out at the end of this season. The squad is simply not strong enough to mount a serious promotion bid this season. Big Tom will probably want to try his luck abroad next season, Brez and Ankergren are simply not up to scratch - though young Walton looks very promising. Calde and Bruno are both slow and past their best - a couple of younger right backs will be needed. I'd rather see Dunk play than Greer - but we'll need another centre back to provide cover/competition next season.
The mid-field needs a massive make over - Agustein has shown precisely nothing and should paid off or shipped out on loan. Orlandi is a quality player but too much of a sick note - I'd be surprised if he is offered a new deal. Lopez has been very disappointing and won't be here next year either. Kaz seems to be incapable of playing 90 minutes and must be another doubt.
Somebody may make us an offer we can't refuse for Ulloa - but in any event we badly need some fire power if we are to challenge seriously next season. Don't be looking for big money signings though - I think the signing of Stephens shows the way the club is going. Relatively small money signings from smaller clubs and a greater emphasis on DV players.
There needs to be a mass clear out at the end of this season. The squad is simply not strong enough to mount a serious promotion bid this season. Big Tom will probably want to try his luck abroad next season, Brez and Ankergren are simply not up to scratch - though young Walton looks very promising. Calde and Bruno are both slow and past their best - a couple of younger right backs will be needed. I'd rather see Dunk play than Greer - but we'll need another centre back to provide cover/competition next season. The mid-field needs a massive make over - Agustein has shown precisely nothing and should paid off or shipped out on loan. Orlandi is a quality player but too much of a sick note - I'd be surprised if he is offered a new deal. Lopez has been very disappointing and won't be here next year either. Kaz seems to be incapable of playing 90 minutes and must be another doubt. Somebody may make us an offer we can't refuse for Ulloa - but in any event we badly need some fire power if we are to challenge seriously next season. Don't be looking for big money signings though - I think the signing of Stephens shows the way the club is going. Relatively small money signings from smaller clubs and a greater emphasis on DV players. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 9

9:23am Sat 29 Mar 14

Baldseagull says...

Brighton Scot wrote:
More passes yes actual shots at the target No come lads let's see some shots on goal
I keep saying this. Oscar does too.
We are not shot shy, we just don't get it in the net as often as we should.
We have had more shots on goal than Leeds, Reading and Ipswich and are about average for the division in terms of shots at goal. Burnley have shot at goal only 16 times more than us all season, and they have played one more game, but they have shot on target 31 times more than us.
There have been games where we have not had that many shots at goal, QPR at home for instance, we had only 6 shots on goal, but two goals scored.
There have been games where we shot a lot, Wigan at home for example, we shot 23 times, but scored only once and conceded two.
[quote][p][bold]Brighton Scot[/bold] wrote: More passes yes actual shots at the target No come lads let's see some shots on goal[/p][/quote]I keep saying this. Oscar does too. We are not shot shy, we just don't get it in the net as often as we should. We have had more shots on goal than Leeds, Reading and Ipswich and are about average for the division in terms of shots at goal. Burnley have shot at goal only 16 times more than us all season, and they have played one more game, but they have shot on target 31 times more than us. There have been games where we have not had that many shots at goal, QPR at home for instance, we had only 6 shots on goal, but two goals scored. There have been games where we shot a lot, Wigan at home for example, we shot 23 times, but scored only once and conceded two. Baldseagull
  • Score: 2

10:06am Sat 29 Mar 14

Chi Gull says...

Baldseagull wrote:
Brighton Scot wrote:
More passes yes actual shots at the target No come lads let's see some shots on goal
I keep saying this. Oscar does too.
We are not shot shy, we just don't get it in the net as often as we should.
We have had more shots on goal than Leeds, Reading and Ipswich and are about average for the division in terms of shots at goal. Burnley have shot at goal only 16 times more than us all season, and they have played one more game, but they have shot on target 31 times more than us.
There have been games where we have not had that many shots at goal, QPR at home for instance, we had only 6 shots on goal, but two goals scored.
There have been games where we shot a lot, Wigan at home for example, we shot 23 times, but scored only once and conceded two.
Interestingly, last season we were usually in the lower half of the shots at goal league table, but we scored more. All these stats have to be treated with a degree of caution. For example, a blocked shot doesn't usually count in the stats at all. As others have said, possession and passing is all very well, but not when most of it is in your own half. Someone will no doubt correct me but I think we still have the same points as last season at this stage. However, last year we were unbeaten for the last 9 games and this season's run in looks a bit more difficult. It is going to need something similar to get in the play off positions. A good win today is essential.
[quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brighton Scot[/bold] wrote: More passes yes actual shots at the target No come lads let's see some shots on goal[/p][/quote]I keep saying this. Oscar does too. We are not shot shy, we just don't get it in the net as often as we should. We have had more shots on goal than Leeds, Reading and Ipswich and are about average for the division in terms of shots at goal. Burnley have shot at goal only 16 times more than us all season, and they have played one more game, but they have shot on target 31 times more than us. There have been games where we have not had that many shots at goal, QPR at home for instance, we had only 6 shots on goal, but two goals scored. There have been games where we shot a lot, Wigan at home for example, we shot 23 times, but scored only once and conceded two.[/p][/quote]Interestingly, last season we were usually in the lower half of the shots at goal league table, but we scored more. All these stats have to be treated with a degree of caution. For example, a blocked shot doesn't usually count in the stats at all. As others have said, possession and passing is all very well, but not when most of it is in your own half. Someone will no doubt correct me but I think we still have the same points as last season at this stage. However, last year we were unbeaten for the last 9 games and this season's run in looks a bit more difficult. It is going to need something similar to get in the play off positions. A good win today is essential. Chi Gull
  • Score: 1

10:27am Sat 29 Mar 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
There needs to be a mass clear out at the end of this season. The squad is simply not strong enough to mount a serious promotion bid this season. Big Tom will probably want to try his luck abroad next season, Brez and Ankergren are simply not up to scratch - though young Walton looks very promising. Calde and Bruno are both slow and past their best - a couple of younger right backs will be needed. I'd rather see Dunk play than Greer - but we'll need another centre back to provide cover/competition next season.
The mid-field needs a massive make over - Agustein has shown precisely nothing and should paid off or shipped out on loan. Orlandi is a quality player but too much of a sick note - I'd be surprised if he is offered a new deal. Lopez has been very disappointing and won't be here next year either. Kaz seems to be incapable of playing 90 minutes and must be another doubt.
Somebody may make us an offer we can't refuse for Ulloa - but in any event we badly need some fire power if we are to challenge seriously next season. Don't be looking for big money signings though - I think the signing of Stephens shows the way the club is going. Relatively small money signings from smaller clubs and a greater emphasis on DV players.
A fair assessment which illustrates how difficult it will be even to retain the current standard, let alone find better quality players ti improve it. Realistically, a lot more money than the club has in it's coffers is required to advance. It's not impossible to get promoted and do well on a limited budget, Clough senior being a great example at Forest. But these are different times. Like all true supporters, we can but live in hope.
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: There needs to be a mass clear out at the end of this season. The squad is simply not strong enough to mount a serious promotion bid this season. Big Tom will probably want to try his luck abroad next season, Brez and Ankergren are simply not up to scratch - though young Walton looks very promising. Calde and Bruno are both slow and past their best - a couple of younger right backs will be needed. I'd rather see Dunk play than Greer - but we'll need another centre back to provide cover/competition next season. The mid-field needs a massive make over - Agustein has shown precisely nothing and should paid off or shipped out on loan. Orlandi is a quality player but too much of a sick note - I'd be surprised if he is offered a new deal. Lopez has been very disappointing and won't be here next year either. Kaz seems to be incapable of playing 90 minutes and must be another doubt. Somebody may make us an offer we can't refuse for Ulloa - but in any event we badly need some fire power if we are to challenge seriously next season. Don't be looking for big money signings though - I think the signing of Stephens shows the way the club is going. Relatively small money signings from smaller clubs and a greater emphasis on DV players.[/p][/quote]A fair assessment which illustrates how difficult it will be even to retain the current standard, let alone find better quality players ti improve it. Realistically, a lot more money than the club has in it's coffers is required to advance. It's not impossible to get promoted and do well on a limited budget, Clough senior being a great example at Forest. But these are different times. Like all true supporters, we can but live in hope. Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 0

11:58am Sat 29 Mar 14

JeffLomer says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
There needs to be a mass clear out at the end of this season. The squad is simply not strong enough to mount a serious promotion bid this season. Big Tom will probably want to try his luck abroad next season, Brez and Ankergren are simply not up to scratch - though young Walton looks very promising. Calde and Bruno are both slow and past their best - a couple of younger right backs will be needed. I'd rather see Dunk play than Greer - but we'll need another centre back to provide cover/competition next season.
The mid-field needs a massive make over - Agustein has shown precisely nothing and should paid off or shipped out on loan. Orlandi is a quality player but too much of a sick note - I'd be surprised if he is offered a new deal. Lopez has been very disappointing and won't be here next year either. Kaz seems to be incapable of playing 90 minutes and must be another doubt.
Somebody may make us an offer we can't refuse for Ulloa - but in any event we badly need some fire power if we are to challenge seriously next season. Don't be looking for big money signings though - I think the signing of Stephens shows the way the club is going. Relatively small money signings from smaller clubs and a greater emphasis on DV players.
Great post Brian nice to read a comment fall off common sense on here from a TRUE Brighton fan
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: There needs to be a mass clear out at the end of this season. The squad is simply not strong enough to mount a serious promotion bid this season. Big Tom will probably want to try his luck abroad next season, Brez and Ankergren are simply not up to scratch - though young Walton looks very promising. Calde and Bruno are both slow and past their best - a couple of younger right backs will be needed. I'd rather see Dunk play than Greer - but we'll need another centre back to provide cover/competition next season. The mid-field needs a massive make over - Agustein has shown precisely nothing and should paid off or shipped out on loan. Orlandi is a quality player but too much of a sick note - I'd be surprised if he is offered a new deal. Lopez has been very disappointing and won't be here next year either. Kaz seems to be incapable of playing 90 minutes and must be another doubt. Somebody may make us an offer we can't refuse for Ulloa - but in any event we badly need some fire power if we are to challenge seriously next season. Don't be looking for big money signings though - I think the signing of Stephens shows the way the club is going. Relatively small money signings from smaller clubs and a greater emphasis on DV players.[/p][/quote]Great post Brian nice to read a comment fall off common sense on here from a TRUE Brighton fan JeffLomer
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Sat 29 Mar 14

VegasSeagull says...

If we were to try and get new contracts sorted for some of the players now, it might actually have an adverse effect. There would be several groups of players with different offers to match different scenarios, and there would be some without an offer of any kind no matter what. There are very few at the club that couldn't find a new employer, if needed, for next season.
If we were to try and get new contracts sorted for some of the players now, it might actually have an adverse effect. There would be several groups of players with different offers to match different scenarios, and there would be some without an offer of any kind no matter what. There are very few at the club that couldn't find a new employer, if needed, for next season. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 1

1:15pm Sat 29 Mar 14

VegasSeagull says...

Firstrowsports have our match listed as being on the net to watch, don't count on it but it might be worth checking out come game time.
Firstrowsports have our match listed as being on the net to watch, don't count on it but it might be worth checking out come game time. VegasSeagull
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