• Albion Complete New Back Five With Goldson

    The Albion's great start to the season, which sees us unbeaten after four starts, has Albion fans buzzing. Very few are getting ahead of themselves, but there's been a welcome return of football-related glee across Sussex over the opening couple of weeks of the new campaign. Memories of last season are rapidly being erased.

    One problem the Albion didn't have under Messrs Hyypia, Jones and Hughton was a leaky defence. Only one club finishing outside of the top six over the course of 2014/15 had a better defensive record than the Seagulls.


    Latest arrival: Connor Goldson

    With thoughts turning to Summer reinforcements, little thought was given to the Albion's defence. Few doubted that a left-back the Albion could call their own was required. Gaetan Bong has arrived and made a positive start. A back-up centre-back to replace the departing Aaron Hughes? Uwe Hunemeier is that man (and we're ignoring the "We need to talk about Lewis" thing for the purposes of this).

    From there, many would have put a big tick against the "Defence sorted" task and moved on to the real priority of the close season: those who could score, or help score, goals rather than those who stop them going in at the other end.

    Improvements have been made there, of course, Tomer Hemed is a real leader of the line, little needs to be said about Bobby Zamora and Jamie Murphy has arrived only recently to give a welcome boost to Chris Hughton's creative options.

    The surprising thing is that, at the time of writing, Albion have made five defensive signings so far in this transfer window, two more than the three attacking options added.


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    In the Spanish duo of Bruno and Inigo Calderon, Albion already had two solid, if aging, right-backs. Liam Rosenior has arrived to add further competition there, although he has the ability to play in many positions across the back as well as further forward.

    Finnish international 'keeper Niki Mäenpää has brought credible competition to David Stockdale, something that was lacking last term.

    Finally, in the arrival of PFA League Two Team of the Year centre-back Connor Goldson, Chris Hughton finds himself with four centre-backs who very much expect to play more often than not.

    It is not inconceivable that Albion fans could see a back five of Mäenpää, Rosenior, Goldson, Hunemeier and Bong over the course of the next eight months, and there's little to be worried about should such a line-up be named.

    Chris Hughton wanted two strong choices for every position on the pitch and he is getting very close to that now. With two weeks of Summer transfer window fun ahead, the addition of another winger and a number 10 could compete what has been a very good period of business for the Albion.

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    1. HantsSeagull's Avatar
      HantsSeagull -
      thought we were getting a winger, number 10 AND a striker
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