• Who's left at left back for Albion?

    With the Albion's long-expected move for Stephen Ward looking doomed, after Premier League new boys Burnley intervened at the 11th hour, the club could be left scrambling for another option at the problematic left-back position.

    Adam Chicksen performed well in the Capital One Cup victory over Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night but in truth it was not a demanding test for the 22-year old who joined the Albion from MK Dons in a three year deal in July 2013.

    When Sheffield Wednesday visited the Amex for the Championship opener, Chicksen had to be content with a bench spot as the experienced Inigo Calderon was switched from right to left.

    Albion have been linked with a number of left-backs as the pursuit of Ward dragged on, as Albion and Wolves struggled to find agreement as to the terms of the deal that was expected to see Ward become an Albion player, after his successful loan deal that culminated with the Albion reaching the Championship play-offs.

    If Turf Moor is to be the ultimate destination for Ward, the Albion will be quickly considering other options to strengthen the left-side of the defence, mindful that Sami Hyypia demands his full-backs bomb forward in possession to provide attacking width.

    Paul Konchesky has occasionally been linked with the Albion throughout the Summer. Has there been genuine interest, or was he a useful diversion for the Albion who might have wanted to downplay interest in Ward in order to secure the best deal for the club?

    The experienced 33-year old has a year left on his current deal at Leicester for whom he played 34 games as the club strolled to promotion last season. With spells at Charlton, West Ham, Fulham and Liverpool he has bags of experience to compliment the youthful Chicksen. With Konchesky starting for Leicester in recent friendly victories over Rotherham and Werder Bremen, it seems unlikely the Albion could prise him away, even if they wanted to.

    Mitchell Dijks is a 22-year old Dutchman who plies his trade for Ajax, although he spent the 2013-14 season at SC Heerenveen in the Dutch top flight for whom he played 24 times. Legendary Dutch striker Marco van Basten managed Heerenveen to a creditable 5th position with Dijks' own club Ajax securing the title.

    Dijks, who has represented the Netherlands at U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-21 levels, is believed to be surplus to requirements at Ajax. We understand Dijks and his representative visited Brighton earlier this week, but talks were not productive.

    Earlier this week, reports circulated linking the Albion with Rangers' Scottish international Lee Wallace. Those reports were quickly rebuffed by Rangers' boss Ally McCoist. Wallace would be a great acquisition for the Albion, but it would take a sizeable offer to tempt Rangers to part company with Wallace who still has two years to run on his current contract, and there may be other suitors should it be known he could leave Ibrox.

    The left-back position is a problem for the Albion right now, and a solution is needed sooner rather than later if the club are to field a defence as solid as that which featured Stephen Ward in the last Championship campaign.
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. Bald Gull's Avatar
      Bald Gull -
      Interesting re: Dijks. We're obviously keen if we brought him over for initial discussions. Do you know how unproductive the talks were? Is that one a definite no go at the moment? Lee Wallace would probably be my number one option if there was a chance of getting him (even above Ward) but likely to be pretty expensive and seems to be very happy up there... Time will tell I guess
    1. El Presidente's Avatar
      El Presidente -
      Sounds as if Dijk has given Albion the finger.
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