Talking Point: Albion address age imbalance

David Stockdale

David Stockdale

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion's latest two signings, David Stockdale and Chris O'Grady, were born four months apart in the mid 1980's.

You might think there is nothing particularly significant about that.

But the purchases of the former Fulham goalkeeper and ex-Barnsley striker have not just strengthened the squad, they have also helped address an age imbalance.

Albion have a lot of under 23's, promise in abundance in the shape of Solly March, Jake Forster-Caskey, Christian Walton.

They also have quite a few well over 30's, such as skipper Gordon Greer and his new partner Aaron Hughes, right-back rivals Bruno and Inigo Calderon.

Prior to the captures of Stockdale and O'Grady there was a paucity of players in their mid to late 20's.

Leo Ulloa, Liam Bridcutt, Ashley Barnes, Andrea Orlandi, Will Hoskins, Adam El-Abd and David Rodriguez fall into this age range.

All, for a variety of reasons, have left the club this year.

Does this matter? Age is only a number. Surely it is performances that count?

That is true to a certain extent but I suspect it has been a recruitement consideration for manager Sami Hyypia and his bosses.

Hyypia referred to Stockdale, 28 like O'Grady, being "in his prime".

Goalkeepers tend to mature later and last longer than outfield players but Stockdale and O'Grady should both be at the peak of their powers over the duration of their three-year contracts with the Seagulls.

Youngsters are prone to inconsistency, old stagers have no resale value. Albion could ideally do with one or two more of the in-betweeners.

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12:27pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Neville says...

Breaking news Norman Gall has signed again bringing the average age of the squad up to 45yrs.
Breaking news Norman Gall has signed again bringing the average age of the squad up to 45yrs. Neville
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12:36pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Plutomania says...

At times you write a load of Cr *p ,Andy
At times you write a load of Cr *p ,Andy Plutomania
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12:40pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Matthews1986 says...

Sorry who cares
Sorry who cares Matthews1986
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12:43pm Thu 31 Jul 14

the taffster says...

Gosh really..how interesting....yawn!
Gosh really..how interesting....yawn! the taffster
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12:53pm Thu 31 Jul 14

adamcooper138 says...

Orlandi to sign for Blackpool lool must be desperate for a job!
Orlandi to sign for Blackpool lool must be desperate for a job! adamcooper138
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1:23pm Thu 31 Jul 14

VegasSeagull says...

The ultimte goal surely has to be to have a squad where the only reason for buying new players is because they are better than we have, and not because those being replaced are considered are the end of their career at our level due to age, and the drop off of performance that comes with age, (in most cases).
Come next summer chances are that three of those we spend money on will be brought in because Bruno, Calde and Greer need replacing, and probably/possibly Hughes too. When the older guys go we will get nothing for them, but we will spend maybe 4M or more to replace them. The following season that 4M, or more, could go to bying better quality in a couple of positions. Starting each season with needs, rather than desires, slows up our push for the top.
The ultimte goal surely has to be to have a squad where the only reason for buying new players is because they are better than we have, and not because those being replaced are considered are the end of their career at our level due to age, and the drop off of performance that comes with age, (in most cases). Come next summer chances are that three of those we spend money on will be brought in because Bruno, Calde and Greer need replacing, and probably/possibly Hughes too. When the older guys go we will get nothing for them, but we will spend maybe 4M or more to replace them. The following season that 4M, or more, could go to bying better quality in a couple of positions. Starting each season with needs, rather than desires, slows up our push for the top. VegasSeagull
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1:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

championshipgull says...

Looks like we are getting the right mix of age range. Priceless experience being given to the developing youngsters. Good to see a sensible, balanced recruitment policy it shows the club are thinking beyond just getting to the top this season.
Looks like we are getting the right mix of age range. Priceless experience being given to the developing youngsters. Good to see a sensible, balanced recruitment policy it shows the club are thinking beyond just getting to the top this season. championshipgull
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1:48pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

At least O'Grady's age is greater than the number of clubs he's played for - just...
At least O'Grady's age is greater than the number of clubs he's played for - just... Willie, Willie Irvine
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2:48pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

I suppose the age of a player is inversely proportional to his future value to the team. That O level in common sense comes in handy sometimes. UTA
I suppose the age of a player is inversely proportional to his future value to the team. That O level in common sense comes in handy sometimes. UTA Joel'sGrandad
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3:02pm Thu 31 Jul 14

don't wanna do it like that says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
I suppose the age of a player is inversely proportional to his future value to the team. That O level in common sense comes in handy sometimes. UTA
Thought Stanley Matthews played in the first division at the age 50.

Said on antother thread,we have.
Mullery
Virgo
Aspinall

LOL
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: I suppose the age of a player is inversely proportional to his future value to the team. That O level in common sense comes in handy sometimes. UTA[/p][/quote]Thought Stanley Matthews played in the first division at the age 50. Said on antother thread,we have. Mullery Virgo Aspinall LOL don't wanna do it like that
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3:06pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

don't wanna do it like that wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
I suppose the age of a player is inversely proportional to his future value to the team. That O level in common sense comes in handy sometimes. UTA
Thought Stanley Matthews played in the first division at the age 50.

Said on antother thread,we have.
Mullery
Virgo
Aspinall

LOL
There are always exceptions to the rule and Stanley was certainly exceptional.
[quote][p][bold]don't wanna do it like that[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: I suppose the age of a player is inversely proportional to his future value to the team. That O level in common sense comes in handy sometimes. UTA[/p][/quote]Thought Stanley Matthews played in the first division at the age 50. Said on antother thread,we have. Mullery Virgo Aspinall LOL[/p][/quote]There are always exceptions to the rule and Stanley was certainly exceptional. Joel'sGrandad
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3:36pm Thu 31 Jul 14

jcrumplinfootballgenius says...

Can't believe this idiot gets paid to write this s***, obviously a very quiet day at the Amex.
Hope that BHA won't play both Greer and Hughes together or otherwise any pacy forward i.e. McCormack, McGoldrick or Rhodes will have a field day.
On a different subject, still feel letting Orlandi go straightaway after recovering from his injury was a tad premature compared to the time allowed to WH, if he has recovered would have provided excellent competition for KLL/SM/WB (especially with JM allowed to go on loan).
As a result we now need to get another winger and CF in quick.
Can't believe this idiot gets paid to write this s***, obviously a very quiet day at the Amex. Hope that BHA won't play both Greer and Hughes together or otherwise any pacy forward i.e. McCormack, McGoldrick or Rhodes will have a field day. On a different subject, still feel letting Orlandi go straightaway after recovering from his injury was a tad premature compared to the time allowed to WH, if he has recovered would have provided excellent competition for KLL/SM/WB (especially with JM allowed to go on loan). As a result we now need to get another winger and CF in quick. jcrumplinfootballgenius
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