Colunga wants to be shine on the big stage again with Albion

Adrian Colunga wants promotion with Seagulls to rival successes back home

Adrian Colunga wants promotion with Seagulls to rival successes back home

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Adrian Colunga has targeted a return to the big stage – by winning promotion with Albion.

The Seagulls striker, who ended his Spanish League days at Barcelona’s world famous Nou Camp, is working hard on the training pitch to strike up an understanding with his team-mates.

Boss Sami Hyypia reckons the current international break offers a great chance for his seven new boys to settle in.

Colunga was a hit with fans during his Championship debut against Charlton.

And he intends that to be the launch pad for a Premier League push he believes would match his greatest moments back home.

The former Getafe frontrunner told The Argus: “My last game in Spain was away to Barca. And I was playing well.

“I was injured in the last incident in the first half in a clash with Bartra, which was a shame.

“Making my debut in Europe was a highlight for me in Spain.

“I’ve scored goals against the biggest clubs and played in impressive stadiums.

“I’ve played against the best players in the world, I’ve played against world champions, Champions League winners. I’ve had team-mates who have played in all sorts of leagues.

“Those are the memories you take away with you.

“But I want to have plenty more – especially winning promotion with Brighton this year.”

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6:48am Fri 5 Sep 14

Alfie T says...

Good lad, hope he is a real success for us and himself, all hinges on vision from midfield, he's a very intelligent player and just needs the right service, could be a real favourite with the fans.
Good lad, hope he is a real success for us and himself, all hinges on vision from midfield, he's a very intelligent player and just needs the right service, could be a real favourite with the fans. Alfie T
  • Score: 30

8:15am Fri 5 Sep 14

franckiep en france says...

With the new pace & SKILL up from & the height from Dunkie & co GOALS should be flying in>> so looking `forward` SEAGULLZZZZZZzzzzzzz
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With the new pace & SKILL up from & the height from Dunkie & co GOALS should be flying in>> so looking `forward` SEAGULLZZZZZZzzzzzzz zzz franckiep en france
  • Score: 3

8:16am Fri 5 Sep 14

franckiep en france says...

With the new pace & SKILL up front & the height from Dunkie & co GOALS should be flying in>> so looking `forward` SEAGULLZZZZZZzzzzzzz
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With the new pace & SKILL up front & the height from Dunkie & co GOALS should be flying in>> so looking `forward` SEAGULLZZZZZZzzzzzzz zzz franckiep en france
  • Score: -2

8:19am Fri 5 Sep 14

franckiep en france says...

Missed out `Front`!
Missed out `Front`! franckiep en france
  • Score: -5

8:29am Fri 5 Sep 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

I was at Swindon for this guy's debut and I really loved what I saw. His character and sheer determination to head straight into the opponents penalty box was fantastic. Listening to him speak confirms his character.

No play off place acceptability with Adrian. He's looking for 'top spot' and that's the attitude I love! Welcome to Brighton, Adrian!
I was at Swindon for this guy's debut and I really loved what I saw. His character and sheer determination to head straight into the opponents penalty box was fantastic. Listening to him speak confirms his character. No play off place acceptability with Adrian. He's looking for 'top spot' and that's the attitude I love! Welcome to Brighton, Adrian! WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: 20

9:23am Fri 5 Sep 14

Clean Sheet says...

Yes, nice to hear a bit of ambition, and looking forward to plenty of goals from this striker.
Yes, nice to hear a bit of ambition, and looking forward to plenty of goals from this striker. Clean Sheet
  • Score: 4

9:35am Fri 5 Sep 14

Never_Wrong says...

Teixera-Colunga-Bald
ock.....quick, nimble, skillful and can score goals. Very exciting times.
Its in our hands this season.
Teixera-Colunga-Bald ock.....quick, nimble, skillful and can score goals. Very exciting times. Its in our hands this season. Never_Wrong
  • Score: 4

10:39am Fri 5 Sep 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

Has anyone else news on the rumour that Davide Petrucci could be on his way from ManU next week when the loan window opens. Could mean a headache for Sami's midfield selection if true... but a guarantee that the front guys will get the service required to score bundles... A breath of fresh air.
UTA!!!
Has anyone else news on the rumour that Davide Petrucci could be on his way from ManU next week when the loan window opens. Could mean a headache for Sami's midfield selection if true... but a guarantee that the front guys will get the service required to score bundles... A breath of fresh air. UTA!!! Jonathan Mouette
  • Score: 5

11:13am Fri 5 Sep 14

Ringmer Rich says...

wants to be shine?
wants to be shine? Ringmer Rich
  • Score: 5

11:36am Fri 5 Sep 14

rroybha says...

Poor English by Argus
Poor English by Argus rroybha
  • Score: 3

12:41pm Fri 5 Sep 14

PR2222 says...

As I said in another post, given the right service this guy could score more goals than Leo
As I said in another post, given the right service this guy could score more goals than Leo PR2222
  • Score: 3

1:48pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

A bit concerned about Colunga so far, players that find the need to talk a good game are usually trying to compensate for a lack of quality and the fact that he came to albion without much competition from other clubs and on the cheap again shows this is another signing that no one else wants. 'Colunga' sounds a bit too much like 'clanger' for my liking. Why oh why didn't we do the correct thing and bring Murray home?
A bit concerned about Colunga so far, players that find the need to talk a good game are usually trying to compensate for a lack of quality and the fact that he came to albion without much competition from other clubs and on the cheap again shows this is another signing that no one else wants. 'Colunga' sounds a bit too much like 'clanger' for my liking. Why oh why didn't we do the correct thing and bring Murray home? Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -27

2:03pm Fri 5 Sep 14

VegasSeagull says...

Hate to say it but, on the back of a good season with us, 20+ goals, would not Colunga become a target of a prem club next January? When people talk of how competitive our division is they are right, but the biggest problem, and the main reason it's so hard to get promoted, is the fact that clubs can't keep hold of their gems.

We want Colunga to score goals, lots of goals, but if he does, the poachers will be lining up to get him.
Hate to say it but, on the back of a good season with us, 20+ goals, would not Colunga become a target of a prem club next January? When people talk of how competitive our division is they are right, but the biggest problem, and the main reason it's so hard to get promoted, is the fact that clubs can't keep hold of their gems. We want Colunga to score goals, lots of goals, but if he does, the poachers will be lining up to get him. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 1

4:12pm Fri 5 Sep 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Hate to say it but, on the back of a good season with us, 20+ goals, would not Colunga become a target of a prem club next January? When people talk of how competitive our division is they are right, but the biggest problem, and the main reason it's so hard to get promoted, is the fact that clubs can't keep hold of their gems.

We want Colunga to score goals, lots of goals, but if he does, the poachers will be lining up to get him.
Not when those goals take us up!
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Hate to say it but, on the back of a good season with us, 20+ goals, would not Colunga become a target of a prem club next January? When people talk of how competitive our division is they are right, but the biggest problem, and the main reason it's so hard to get promoted, is the fact that clubs can't keep hold of their gems. We want Colunga to score goals, lots of goals, but if he does, the poachers will be lining up to get him.[/p][/quote]Not when those goals take us up! WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: 6

4:55pm Fri 5 Sep 14

VegasSeagull says...

WisdomSpeaks wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
Hate to say it but, on the back of a good season with us, 20+ goals, would not Colunga become a target of a prem club next January? When people talk of how competitive our division is they are right, but the biggest problem, and the main reason it's so hard to get promoted, is the fact that clubs can't keep hold of their gems.

We want Colunga to score goals, lots of goals, but if he does, the poachers will be lining up to get him.
Not when those goals take us up!
True, promotion would do the trick, but the trick of gaining promotion is made so much harder when your best get lured away.
I hate the idea of trying to buy a promotion squad, to me it's better to build one over two or three seasons, but keeping the best of what you have seems never to be possible.
Buckley switched off, Bridcutt couldn't get his head sorted, Ulloa sw his chance and took it, as did Barnes, TK thought he was too good for the Champ Div and there will be others.

I don't know how Hyypia will hold on to the best of what we have, money won't do it, we can't compete and even if we could, players will want to test themselves against the best. I think the best chance Hyypia has is to build a connection with the players that is so strong that they will buy into his vision, but Hyypia will have to deliver something, that, 'something,' might only have to be a solid top six spot and see how the cards fall, rather than a lucky one such as last year's.
[quote][p][bold]WisdomSpeaks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Hate to say it but, on the back of a good season with us, 20+ goals, would not Colunga become a target of a prem club next January? When people talk of how competitive our division is they are right, but the biggest problem, and the main reason it's so hard to get promoted, is the fact that clubs can't keep hold of their gems. We want Colunga to score goals, lots of goals, but if he does, the poachers will be lining up to get him.[/p][/quote]Not when those goals take us up![/p][/quote]True, promotion would do the trick, but the trick of gaining promotion is made so much harder when your best get lured away. I hate the idea of trying to buy a promotion squad, to me it's better to build one over two or three seasons, but keeping the best of what you have seems never to be possible. Buckley switched off, Bridcutt couldn't get his head sorted, Ulloa sw his chance and took it, as did Barnes, TK thought he was too good for the Champ Div and there will be others. I don't know how Hyypia will hold on to the best of what we have, money won't do it, we can't compete and even if we could, players will want to test themselves against the best. I think the best chance Hyypia has is to build a connection with the players that is so strong that they will buy into his vision, but Hyypia will have to deliver something, that, 'something,' might only have to be a solid top six spot and see how the cards fall, rather than a lucky one such as last year's. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -4

11:31pm Fri 5 Sep 14

DougRouvie says...

Mayfield sweeper wrote:
A bit concerned about Colunga so far, players that find the need to talk a good game are usually trying to compensate for a lack of quality and the fact that he came to albion without much competition from other clubs and on the cheap again shows this is another signing that no one else wants. 'Colunga' sounds a bit too much like 'clanger' for my liking. Why oh why didn't we do the correct thing and bring Murray home?
You really are a Knob!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: A bit concerned about Colunga so far, players that find the need to talk a good game are usually trying to compensate for a lack of quality and the fact that he came to albion without much competition from other clubs and on the cheap again shows this is another signing that no one else wants. 'Colunga' sounds a bit too much like 'clanger' for my liking. Why oh why didn't we do the correct thing and bring Murray home?[/p][/quote]You really are a Knob!!!! DougRouvie
  • Score: 5

11:39pm Fri 5 Sep 14

DougRouvie says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Hate to say it but, on the back of a good season with us, 20+ goals, would not Colunga become a target of a prem club next January? When people talk of how competitive our division is they are right, but the biggest problem, and the main reason it's so hard to get promoted, is the fact that clubs can't keep hold of their gems.

We want Colunga to score goals, lots of goals, but if he does, the poachers will be lining up to get him.
Thats some team talk "Oh and Adrian, if you can try not to score today, remember your Hat - trick last week, Well apparently West Brom Scouts are here today. We don't want you to get noticed."

I say go get every record there is in goals, and if you go elsewhere, Well just like Leo and Bobby, We will replace you.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Hate to say it but, on the back of a good season with us, 20+ goals, would not Colunga become a target of a prem club next January? When people talk of how competitive our division is they are right, but the biggest problem, and the main reason it's so hard to get promoted, is the fact that clubs can't keep hold of their gems. We want Colunga to score goals, lots of goals, but if he does, the poachers will be lining up to get him.[/p][/quote]Thats some team talk "Oh and Adrian, if you can try not to score today, remember your Hat - trick last week, Well apparently West Brom Scouts are here today. We don't want you to get noticed." I say go get every record there is in goals, and if you go elsewhere, Well just like Leo and Bobby, We will replace you. DougRouvie
  • Score: 1
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