Hyypia believes Albion can share the goals around

Adrian Colunga could feature tonight

Adrian Colunga could feature tonight

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

SAMI Hyypia believes Albion can make up for the loss of Leo Ulloa by sharing the goals around.

Hyypia now has Spanish newcomer Adrian Colunga, in-form Craig Mackail-Smith and summer signing Chris O’Grady as recognised strikers in his squad following the £8 million sale of Ulloa to Leicester.

There could still be a further addition before the transfer window shuts next Monday night but Hyypia is hopeful Albion are now approaching the stage where they have compensated for the departure of free-scoring target man Ulloa.

The Finn told The Argus: “I would hope that there would be many players that would score ten goals or more.

“We will see what happens, you never know in football, but we are working on getting more chances in each game.

“We have players that can score goals. When we get more than one player scoring more than ten goals then that’s a bonus for the side.

“That’s maybe the deciding factor of where we’re going to end up at the end of the season.”

Ex-Gatafe man Colunga could, depending on international clearance, be involved in the second round of the Capital One Cup at League One Swindon tonight together with former Barnsley playmaker Paddy McCourt, twice an unused sub since his move to Albion.

Defensive midfielder Nzuzi Toko is also in contention after missing out on the squad for Saturday’s victory over Bolton at the Amex due to a combination of the increased competition for places and his fitness catch-up following a pre-season knee injury.

Kemy Agustien is still sidelined by the twisted ankle he suffered at Leeds last week, while Solly March sees a specialist today about the back problem which has so far ruled out the England under 21 international.

Hyypia said: “I think this game will give us an option to give minutes to some of the players who haven’t played a lot recently.

“We need a good attitude, a good mentality, a good start. It’s very difficult to change your attitude during a game."

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9:14am Tue 26 Aug 14

Alfie T says...

Great chance for the fringe players to step up and impress, Leo had a very poor game for Leicester, perhaps he's missing us all!
Great chance for the fringe players to step up and impress, Leo had a very poor game for Leicester, perhaps he's missing us all! Alfie T
  • Score: 4

9:19am Tue 26 Aug 14

Grendel says...

Sounds like that might be it in terms of strikers. Do we have the firepower we need?
Sounds like that might be it in terms of strikers. Do we have the firepower we need? Grendel
  • Score: 1

9:33am Tue 26 Aug 14

Grendel says...

I seem to recall Oscar Garcia saying the same thing.
I seem to recall Oscar Garcia saying the same thing. Grendel
  • Score: 0

9:38am Tue 26 Aug 14

Rhodes Seagull says...

Hi, We have the ground strike force but do we have the arial one?
Any of our forward line over the 6 foot mark?
As for share the goals around, personaly I don't care who scores them as long as we WIN the games.
After the last two games if we can keep up that kind of play I see no reason why we should not have a top 6 place again come the end of the season.
Hi, We have the ground strike force but do we have the arial one? Any of our forward line over the 6 foot mark? As for share the goals around, personaly I don't care who scores them as long as we WIN the games. After the last two games if we can keep up that kind of play I see no reason why we should not have a top 6 place again come the end of the season. Rhodes Seagull
  • Score: 2

9:42am Tue 26 Aug 14

northernseagull says...

No, we need another first class striker with physical presence if we are to compete for a top six place.
No, we need another first class striker with physical presence if we are to compete for a top six place. northernseagull
  • Score: 2

9:53am Tue 26 Aug 14

Beale32 says...

Great chance for players to stake a claim for their position in the 1st team. Hope toko plays. Be good to see what he has got. It will be a tough game tonight, but we should get a win.
Great chance for players to stake a claim for their position in the 1st team. Hope toko plays. Be good to see what he has got. It will be a tough game tonight, but we should get a win. Beale32
  • Score: 8

9:57am Tue 26 Aug 14

AGT999 says...

Just seen a report that Gary Gardner, another mid fielder, from Aston Villa is coming to us on loan. Source - News Now Brighton.
Just seen a report that Gary Gardner, another mid fielder, from Aston Villa is coming to us on loan. Source - News Now Brighton. AGT999
  • Score: 2

10:17am Tue 26 Aug 14

Seagulls Flying says...

Alfie T wrote:
Great chance for the fringe players to step up and impress, Leo had a very poor game for Leicester, perhaps he's missing us all!
Or perhaps he just came up against 4 international defenders??!!
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: Great chance for the fringe players to step up and impress, Leo had a very poor game for Leicester, perhaps he's missing us all![/p][/quote]Or perhaps he just came up against 4 international defenders??!! Seagulls Flying
  • Score: 3

10:18am Tue 26 Aug 14

Seagulls Flying says...

Grendel wrote:
I seem to recall Oscar Garcia saying the same thing.
Oscar never said anything!
[quote][p][bold]Grendel[/bold] wrote: I seem to recall Oscar Garcia saying the same thing.[/p][/quote]Oscar never said anything! Seagulls Flying
  • Score: 5

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