Loan move will help Maksimenko's career on quiet day for Albion on deadline day

Vitalijs Maksimenko is now fourth choice centre-back at Albion

Vitalijs Maksimenko is now fourth choice centre-back at Albion

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Albion have loaned out Vitalijs Maksimenko again – to give him first team football and help his international career.

The versatile Latvian defender has joined Dutch second division outfit VVV-Venlo on a season-long loan.

Maksimenko’s latest temporary exit was the only transfer business done by the Seagulls on deadline day, having already signed 11 players this summer.

The 23-year-old was borrowed by Yeovil soon after joining Albion from Latvian side Skonta Riga in January 2013.

He was also loaned out in the second half of last season to Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League.

Maksimenko’s chances of adding to his three outings for Albion were bleak. He has been used at left-back but plays for his country at centre-half and is regarded by boss Sami Hyypia as fourth choice for that position behind skipper Gordon Greer, Lewis Dunk and Aaron Hughes.

Hyypia said: “At this stage of his career it’s important for Vitalijs that he plays regular games and continues to learn as part of his development.

“He’s a good defender, a very good professional, and a player who works hard, trains well and wants to get better, but his options here this season are limited with the defenders we have at the club.

“At the moment he would be our fourth choice, but at his age he needs to play regular first team football, which is also important for his international aspirations, and therefore we have agreed to let him go on loan to Venlo.”

Maksimenko is on international duty for Latvia in a home friendly against Armenia tomorrow night and a Euro 2016 qualifier in Kazakhstan next Tuesday.

Albion will not be left short if they run into injury or suspension problems in the centre of defence. The loan window opens soon and Rohan Ince and Inigo Calderon have both played at the heart of the back four in the past.

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7:11am Tue 2 Sep 14

rroybha says...

I really like the way SH speaks to the media. He comes across as someone who really communicates well with the players and makes it clear to them what he wants and where they stand.
I really like the way SH speaks to the media. He comes across as someone who really communicates well with the players and makes it clear to them what he wants and where they stand. rroybha
  • Score: 10

7:47am Tue 2 Sep 14

Alfie T says...

Some fringe players just never quite make the step up to the main squad, Maksi is one unfortunately, Dickensen,Baker,Toby all players with promise that just are not quite good enough. See big Glen has gone to Reading for the season, would have loved to see him back with us.
Some fringe players just never quite make the step up to the main squad, Maksi is one unfortunately, Dickensen,Baker,Toby all players with promise that just are not quite good enough. See big Glen has gone to Reading for the season, would have loved to see him back with us. Alfie T
  • Score: 5

7:55am Tue 2 Sep 14

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

Alfie T wrote:
Some fringe players just never quite make the step up to the main squad, Maksi is one unfortunately, Dickensen,Baker,Toby all players with promise that just are not quite good enough. See big Glen has gone to Reading for the season, would have loved to see him back with us.
He's only gone until January. But signs say it could become permanent sftrr that.
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: Some fringe players just never quite make the step up to the main squad, Maksi is one unfortunately, Dickensen,Baker,Toby all players with promise that just are not quite good enough. See big Glen has gone to Reading for the season, would have loved to see him back with us.[/p][/quote]He's only gone until January. But signs say it could become permanent sftrr that. Tony the tiger eastbourne
  • Score: -5

10:40am Tue 2 Sep 14

AlanDuffy says...

OSCAR TO WATFORD!!
OSCAR TO WATFORD!! AlanDuffy
  • Score: -1

11:03am Tue 2 Sep 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

Disappointed with the lack of quality, it's been all about quantity and we've missed the chance to sign a big target man now. First thing in January sign up some quality, make a bid for Murray before he goes to Reading on a permanent. The countdown begins.
Disappointed with the lack of quality, it's been all about quantity and we've missed the chance to sign a big target man now. First thing in January sign up some quality, make a bid for Murray before he goes to Reading on a permanent. The countdown begins. Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -11

11:29am Tue 2 Sep 14

Mr Farkenbus says...

Ref Oscar to Watford, from Sky: "A statement on the club's website read: "Watford Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Oscar Garcia as head coach, the Hornets having won the race against several high-profile English clubs to secure his services".
Ref Oscar to Watford, from Sky: "A statement on the club's website read: "Watford Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Oscar Garcia as head coach, the Hornets having won the race against several high-profile English clubs to secure his services". Mr Farkenbus
  • Score: 0

11:32am Tue 2 Sep 14

Eddy B says...

Very surprised about the Watford appointment. I was initially very excited when Oscar was appointed at Brighton but he was disappointing. I suspect there were some behind the scenes issues leading to his sudden departure. A great appointment for him now though and it will be fascinating to see how we fare at Watford next month. I expect Watford to be promotion contenders this season.
Very surprised about the Watford appointment. I was initially very excited when Oscar was appointed at Brighton but he was disappointing. I suspect there were some behind the scenes issues leading to his sudden departure. A great appointment for him now though and it will be fascinating to see how we fare at Watford next month. I expect Watford to be promotion contenders this season. Eddy B
  • Score: 4

11:34am Tue 2 Sep 14

Eddy B says...

4th choice centre back is not actually too far down the pecking order and it only takes one injury and we have no cover. Didn't we have both Greer and Upson out at the end of last season? Surprised he hasn't been given more run outs since he's been with us.
4th choice centre back is not actually too far down the pecking order and it only takes one injury and we have no cover. Didn't we have both Greer and Upson out at the end of last season? Surprised he hasn't been given more run outs since he's been with us. Eddy B
  • Score: 5

11:42am Tue 2 Sep 14

Eddy B says...

Mayfield sweeper wrote:
Disappointed with the lack of quality, it's been all about quantity and we've missed the chance to sign a big target man now. First thing in January sign up some quality, make a bid for Murray before he goes to Reading on a permanent. The countdown begins.
Good point about quantity over quality. It seems to be the way in the championship - teams go for the marathon runners rather than the Usain Bolts of the footballing world. However, on a budget, we have got some quality in there too - I was impressed with Teix, Colunga and Bennett last Saturday. Not sure who is going to shine in that congested midfield though. Who is going to step up and become our new Vicente or Bridcutt? Holla? Toko? Mc Court? Stephens? Gardner?
[quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: Disappointed with the lack of quality, it's been all about quantity and we've missed the chance to sign a big target man now. First thing in January sign up some quality, make a bid for Murray before he goes to Reading on a permanent. The countdown begins.[/p][/quote]Good point about quantity over quality. It seems to be the way in the championship - teams go for the marathon runners rather than the Usain Bolts of the footballing world. However, on a budget, we have got some quality in there too - I was impressed with Teix, Colunga and Bennett last Saturday. Not sure who is going to shine in that congested midfield though. Who is going to step up and become our new Vicente or Bridcutt? Holla? Toko? Mc Court? Stephens? Gardner? Eddy B
  • Score: 0

11:48am Tue 2 Sep 14

Captain Haddock says...

Good luck to him (and sorry I didn't recognise him outside the ground on Saturday!!!). Think he still has the possibility of a future with us....we'll see.


Meantime, I see Oscar has joined Watford as expected. Reckon he'll do better with them than us. Could end up facing him in the playoffs!!!
Good luck to him (and sorry I didn't recognise him outside the ground on Saturday!!!). Think he still has the possibility of a future with us....we'll see. Meantime, I see Oscar has joined Watford as expected. Reckon he'll do better with them than us. Could end up facing him in the playoffs!!! Captain Haddock
  • Score: -2

11:55am Tue 2 Sep 14

AlanDuffy says...

Bit surprised to see Oscar go to a club where he will have no say in the players signed - wasn't that one of his complaints about the set-up here? On another note, nice words from Keith Andrews about us "I’m glad to see that Brighton, the team I spent last season on loan with, are up and running after a couple of poor results. It was always going to take a little time for Sami Hyypia to stamp his personalty on the team and get the players in that he wanted but I think he will prove to be a good appointment. He has got some very good young players there like Jake Forster-Caskey, Lewis Dunk and Solly March who he can really nurture to become top players. Expectation levels may well be high amongst the fans after two successive campaigns that culminated with play-off agony but the fans may well have to be a little patient this year as it could be a season of stabilisation."
Bit surprised to see Oscar go to a club where he will have no say in the players signed - wasn't that one of his complaints about the set-up here? On another note, nice words from Keith Andrews about us "I’m glad to see that Brighton, the team I spent last season on loan with, are up and running after a couple of poor results. It was always going to take a little time for Sami Hyypia to stamp his personalty on the team and get the players in that he wanted but I think he will prove to be a good appointment. He has got some very good young players there like Jake Forster-Caskey, Lewis Dunk and Solly March who he can really nurture to become top players. Expectation levels may well be high amongst the fans after two successive campaigns that culminated with play-off agony but the fans may well have to be a little patient this year as it could be a season of stabilisation." AlanDuffy
  • Score: 8

11:56am Tue 2 Sep 14

Mr Farkenbus says...

lets hope for OG he is a better communicator at Watford.. based on what TB said after he left BHA
lets hope for OG he is a better communicator at Watford.. based on what TB said after he left BHA Mr Farkenbus
  • Score: 2

12:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

JeffLomer says...

Anyone else notice united let Tom Lawrence leave quality young player joined Leicester for one million, think he would off been a great addition for us at that price, oppotunity missed on a player like him, I'm surprised they let him leave and didn't send him out on loan,

Good luck Oscar!!
Up the Albion!!
Anyone else notice united let Tom Lawrence leave quality young player joined Leicester for one million, think he would off been a great addition for us at that price, oppotunity missed on a player like him, I'm surprised they let him leave and didn't send him out on loan, Good luck Oscar!! Up the Albion!! JeffLomer
  • Score: -4

1:12pm Tue 2 Sep 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

Alfie T wrote:
Some fringe players just never quite make the step up to the main squad, Maksi is one unfortunately, Dickensen,Baker,Toby all players with promise that just are not quite good enough. See big Glen has gone to Reading for the season, would have loved to see him back with us.
Agree- he would have been a much better acquisition than COG.
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: Some fringe players just never quite make the step up to the main squad, Maksi is one unfortunately, Dickensen,Baker,Toby all players with promise that just are not quite good enough. See big Glen has gone to Reading for the season, would have loved to see him back with us.[/p][/quote]Agree- he would have been a much better acquisition than COG. SeagullOverSelsey
  • Score: 2

1:28pm Tue 2 Sep 14

VegasSeagull says...

We had targets for the buying window, or at least we had positions that needed filling during the window, so I am now wondering if we have any, 'targets,' for the loan window. I think we can forget about bringing in a tall striker, it would seem that Hyypia wants faster movement of the ball to feet rather than sending in a bunch of crosses for defenders to simply deal with, and we have O'Grady.
The prospect of us borrowing an extra CB seems to have deminished, if Hyypia had concerns in that area he would have held on to Maksi. If we were to borrow a CB, the amount of playing time the lad would get would be minimal, so I doubt his parent club would see much point in agreeing a loan deal.
With Buckley gone and March out injured, I guess it's possible that of the right player were to be available we could be interested in taking a wide player until January, but Tex can cover that position.

My guess now is that the club will be directing all it's resources to look for young kids to increase the number attending the academy.
We had targets for the buying window, or at least we had positions that needed filling during the window, so I am now wondering if we have any, 'targets,' for the loan window. I think we can forget about bringing in a tall striker, it would seem that Hyypia wants faster movement of the ball to feet rather than sending in a bunch of crosses for defenders to simply deal with, and we have O'Grady. The prospect of us borrowing an extra CB seems to have deminished, if Hyypia had concerns in that area he would have held on to Maksi. If we were to borrow a CB, the amount of playing time the lad would get would be minimal, so I doubt his parent club would see much point in agreeing a loan deal. With Buckley gone and March out injured, I guess it's possible that of the right player were to be available we could be interested in taking a wide player until January, but Tex can cover that position. My guess now is that the club will be directing all it's resources to look for young kids to increase the number attending the academy. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -2

1:34pm Tue 2 Sep 14

London Dave says...

Captain Haddock wrote:
Good luck to him (and sorry I didn't recognise him outside the ground on Saturday!!!). Think he still has the possibility of a future with us....we'll see.


Meantime, I see Oscar has joined Watford as expected. Reckon he'll do better with them than us. Could end up facing him in the playoffs!!!
See comments from Keith Andrews about season of stabilisation. Much more likely than play offs, although as we proved last year, we can get into the play even though we're not good enough to be promoted. So I suppose it's possible we can get into play offs, before getting outclassed again by another good side like Derby.
[quote][p][bold]Captain Haddock[/bold] wrote: Good luck to him (and sorry I didn't recognise him outside the ground on Saturday!!!). Think he still has the possibility of a future with us....we'll see. Meantime, I see Oscar has joined Watford as expected. Reckon he'll do better with them than us. Could end up facing him in the playoffs!!![/p][/quote]See comments from Keith Andrews about season of stabilisation. Much more likely than play offs, although as we proved last year, we can get into the play even though we're not good enough to be promoted. So I suppose it's possible we can get into play offs, before getting outclassed again by another good side like Derby. London Dave
  • Score: 2

1:39pm Tue 2 Sep 14

M T Wallet says...

Eddy B wrote:
Very surprised about the Watford appointment. I was initially very excited when Oscar was appointed at Brighton but he was disappointing. I suspect there were some behind the scenes issues leading to his sudden departure. A great appointment for him now though and it will be fascinating to see how we fare at Watford next month. I expect Watford to be promotion contenders this season.
You are correct in your suspicion, Eddy.
He is a very lucky man as once again he takes over a very good squad already pushing for promotion. Still, at least he will take all the attacking flair out of them. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Eddy B[/bold] wrote: Very surprised about the Watford appointment. I was initially very excited when Oscar was appointed at Brighton but he was disappointing. I suspect there were some behind the scenes issues leading to his sudden departure. A great appointment for him now though and it will be fascinating to see how we fare at Watford next month. I expect Watford to be promotion contenders this season.[/p][/quote]You are correct in your suspicion, Eddy. He is a very lucky man as once again he takes over a very good squad already pushing for promotion. Still, at least he will take all the attacking flair out of them. ;-) M T Wallet
  • Score: -2

2:33pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Neville says...

The overall position re transfers and loanees,players in and out shows the Albion with many millions banked now and apart from Baldock very little money outplayed,which was obviously the overall plan of the board.
Glad that Hyypia seems to be having a say in matters and I believe we have a useful strong middle table Championship team who with a couple of Jan additions could challenge for the playoffs.
The issue again will be building a new side for next season regardless of what division we are in, and whether any of the funds will be spent on recruitment or more loanees.
I also believe CMS will move from the club come Jan window.
The overall position re transfers and loanees,players in and out shows the Albion with many millions banked now and apart from Baldock very little money outplayed,which was obviously the overall plan of the board. Glad that Hyypia seems to be having a say in matters and I believe we have a useful strong middle table Championship team who with a couple of Jan additions could challenge for the playoffs. The issue again will be building a new side for next season regardless of what division we are in, and whether any of the funds will be spent on recruitment or more loanees. I also believe CMS will move from the club come Jan window. Neville
  • Score: -4

2:58pm Tue 2 Sep 14

VegasSeagull says...

Neville wrote:
The overall position re transfers and loanees,players in and out shows the Albion with many millions banked now and apart from Baldock very little money outplayed,which was obviously the overall plan of the board.
Glad that Hyypia seems to be having a say in matters and I believe we have a useful strong middle table Championship team who with a couple of Jan additions could challenge for the playoffs.
The issue again will be building a new side for next season regardless of what division we are in, and whether any of the funds will be spent on recruitment or more loanees.
I also believe CMS will move from the club come Jan window.
Building a new side for next season, sounds a tad drastic given that we only have two loanees at the club. Two new center backs and right back to be sorted for next season. CMS to get a new deal before January. I would see that as the basics for changes for next season.

All the time that we are in the Championship Div, I doubt that there will ever be a time when we don't have a couple of loanees, so no problem there, lose two and replace two. If CMS is more effective now that we are using him in the way he prefers a new deal could/should be offered, and my guess is that he would accept it. That leaves the defenders to deal with, and yes this will have to be done. Kemmy could go but that would not be devastating.
I don't see a rebuild, more a case of, 'continuing repairs,' and if as you suggest, a couple of new lads come in during the January window, that could reduce the 'rebuild.'
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: The overall position re transfers and loanees,players in and out shows the Albion with many millions banked now and apart from Baldock very little money outplayed,which was obviously the overall plan of the board. Glad that Hyypia seems to be having a say in matters and I believe we have a useful strong middle table Championship team who with a couple of Jan additions could challenge for the playoffs. The issue again will be building a new side for next season regardless of what division we are in, and whether any of the funds will be spent on recruitment or more loanees. I also believe CMS will move from the club come Jan window.[/p][/quote]Building a new side for next season, sounds a tad drastic given that we only have two loanees at the club. Two new center backs and right back to be sorted for next season. CMS to get a new deal before January. I would see that as the basics for changes for next season. All the time that we are in the Championship Div, I doubt that there will ever be a time when we don't have a couple of loanees, so no problem there, lose two and replace two. If CMS is more effective now that we are using him in the way he prefers a new deal could/should be offered, and my guess is that he would accept it. That leaves the defenders to deal with, and yes this will have to be done. Kemmy could go but that would not be devastating. I don't see a rebuild, more a case of, 'continuing repairs,' and if as you suggest, a couple of new lads come in during the January window, that could reduce the 'rebuild.' VegasSeagull
  • Score: 3

3:33pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Neville says...

Vegas
I was also including the age of some players, Greer,Caldi,Bruno who may not be part of the team next season. Take away the two villa players on loan and the Liverpool loanee that's 6 to start with also several players,KLL,CMS out of contract as well there's 8 already.
Vegas I was also including the age of some players, Greer,Caldi,Bruno who may not be part of the team next season. Take away the two villa players on loan and the Liverpool loanee that's 6 to start with also several players,KLL,CMS out of contract as well there's 8 already. Neville
  • Score: -3

4:08pm Tue 2 Sep 14

VegasSeagull says...

Neville wrote:
Vegas
I was also including the age of some players, Greer,Caldi,Bruno who may not be part of the team next season. Take away the two villa players on loan and the Liverpool loanee that's 6 to start with also several players,KLL,CMS out of contract as well there's 8 already.
Yeah I get your point. I would like to think that CMS and Kaz would get new deals before the end of the season, so maybe two we don't need to replace.
If Dunk continues to show good form he will keep his starting shirt next season, so just Greer to replace and a new right back. Loanees are a fact of life for Brighton, so having to replace them is the norm.
If we can keep CMS and Kaz, I can see three starting places to fill from our contracted players, but of course, back up players would be needed, not too sure if our DS will have what we need.

I am not saying that you are wrong, players will be needed, I am just hoping that we don't need another eleven, the number we needed this window. The January window could give us a head start on next years business.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Vegas I was also including the age of some players, Greer,Caldi,Bruno who may not be part of the team next season. Take away the two villa players on loan and the Liverpool loanee that's 6 to start with also several players,KLL,CMS out of contract as well there's 8 already.[/p][/quote]Yeah I get your point. I would like to think that CMS and Kaz would get new deals before the end of the season, so maybe two we don't need to replace. If Dunk continues to show good form he will keep his starting shirt next season, so just Greer to replace and a new right back. Loanees are a fact of life for Brighton, so having to replace them is the norm. If we can keep CMS and Kaz, I can see three starting places to fill from our contracted players, but of course, back up players would be needed, not too sure if our DS will have what we need. I am not saying that you are wrong, players will be needed, I am just hoping that we don't need another eleven, the number we needed this window. The January window could give us a head start on next years business. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -1

9:59pm Tue 2 Sep 14

VegasSeagull says...

A tad ironic that our former third choice keeper, Breznovan gets a year long contract, whilst our former number one keeper, TK, is still not employed.
A tad ironic that our former third choice keeper, Breznovan gets a year long contract, whilst our former number one keeper, TK, is still not employed. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 0

11:08pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Neville says...

Vegas
Brezovan has had his contract which was on monthly basis only terminated by Portsmouth.
Vegas Brezovan has had his contract which was on monthly basis only terminated by Portsmouth. Neville
  • Score: 2

11:37pm Tue 2 Sep 14

clivedes48 says...

I am somewhat disappointed at the lack of activity in the players brought in O'Grady at £500,000 for an 11 club journeyman seems a poor buy when you see Fulham have just paid the same price for Matt Smith from Leeds who is an improving young striker also Stockdale seems suspect for a £1,000,000 .goalie considering the amount of cash raised by selling our better players over the past few months very little has been reinvested in any quality and. I think we are being very optimistic, if we expect this set of players to finish in the top half of the league this season.
I am somewhat disappointed at the lack of activity in the players brought in O'Grady at £500,000 for an 11 club journeyman seems a poor buy when you see Fulham have just paid the same price for Matt Smith from Leeds who is an improving young striker also Stockdale seems suspect for a £1,000,000 .goalie considering the amount of cash raised by selling our better players over the past few months very little has been reinvested in any quality and. I think we are being very optimistic, if we expect this set of players to finish in the top half of the league this season. clivedes48
  • Score: 0

1:04am Wed 3 Sep 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Neville wrote:
Vegas
Brezovan has had his contract which was on monthly basis only terminated by Portsmouth.
And now has a one year deal with Tranmere.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Vegas Brezovan has had his contract which was on monthly basis only terminated by Portsmouth.[/p][/quote]And now has a one year deal with Tranmere. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

2:40am Wed 3 Sep 14

VegasSeagull says...

Neville wrote:
Vegas
Brezovan has had his contract which was on monthly basis only terminated by Portsmouth.
I was sure that he picked up a new deal over the weekend, a one year contract.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Vegas Brezovan has had his contract which was on monthly basis only terminated by Portsmouth.[/p][/quote]I was sure that he picked up a new deal over the weekend, a one year contract. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 0

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