• Carayol Keen On Albion Return

    NSC understands that Middlebrough wideman Mustapha Carayol is keen on a return to the Albion.

    Aitor Krankar confirmed that the player known affectionately as Muzzy would be allowed to leave the Riverside this month, after leaving him out of Boro's squad for the midweek Capital One Cup victory at Oldham, "I don't think and I can't guarantee he'll play, so we had a chat yesterday both of us and the main thing for both of us is for him to play games. Here I can't guarantee these games.

    "He's our player and hopefully he can refind his confidence playing more games.

    "I know him as a player and I know what an impact he can have in the team. The best way to rediscover your confidence is to play."



    Carayol missed a whole year after suffering a cruciate ligament injury, and the final spell of his rehabilitation saw him loaned out to the Albion towards the end of the last campaign, replacing Emmanuel Ledesma who also arrived at the Amex from Boro.

    It was difficult for Seagulls fans to form much of an opinion of a player who had dazzled before his injury, as the Albion spluttered towards Championship safety. Carayol appeared five times for the club, a series of fixtures that saw a dismal return of one draw and four defeats with the Albion scoring just once in 450 minutes of football.

    Coventry manager Tony Mowbray, who signed the Gambian when in charge of Boro, was asked this week about making a move for his old player. Mowbray didn't hide his admiration for the 26-year old, but recognised that there would be better options available to a player of Carayol's ability.

    I gave him an opportunity to play and he knows that if he came to Coventry hed play every game because, in my mind, I think hes an exceptional talent.




    I think hes got two years left on his contract and a loan deal would be very difficult as well. Any deal would involve the player and his agent, who has to look after his career.

    He went on loan to Brighton last season and did very well and helped them stay in the division so I am sure, for a start, they will be in for him.

    If you were a player would you go to Brighton or would you go to Coventry?

    Albion have been keen to add strength and depth to their attack and another piece of that particular jigsaw fell into place yesterday as long-term target Jamie Murphy penned a four-year deal at the Amex.

    It takes two to tango, but with Carayol keen to return to the Amex, Chris Hughton may have a surprisingly easy solution available in a player he spoke highly of at the conclusion of his previous loan spell, Overall Ive been delighted with his contribution. Towards the end, perhaps his level just dropped a bit because of the number of games that hed been involved in.

    We knew when we took him that hed been out for long time and he probably played more games for us in that last period of the season than he has done for a while."

    It's a move that could happen quickly. Albion fans should watch this space for developments.
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. glasfryn's Avatar
      glasfryn -
      just hope its a buy not a loan, maybe he can find the magic he had before his bad injury, nice that he actully wants to play for the Albion
    1. perseus's Avatar
      perseus -
      Good players but worse injury absences than Will Buckley.
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