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Negan

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Quick someone go through the Brighton forums and paste some quotes about how bad he is and they are delighted to be rid of him....

It's just not otib without it

 

They actually seem to think he should be playing at championship level, and are annoyed to see him go! If its true of course

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Is he right or left sided? That will be a good clue as to where he plays. SC has gone to great efforts to keep that balance even to the point of dropping Fonts in straight from his return from Yeovil.

 

Still two weeks of the window left to ship out some of the dead wood, we should judge it on February 1st.

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If true then I think that's the end of Fontaine. We already have 3 solid Centre Backs in Williams, Flint and Osbourne.

Don't know much about this bloke though.

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Is he right or left sided? That will be a good clue as to where he plays. SC has gone to great efforts to keep that balance even to the point of dropping Fonts in straight from his return from Yeovil.

 

Still two weeks of the window left to ship out some of the dead wood, we should judge it on February 1st.

 

Have we got shot of Wilson yet?

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If true then I think that's the end of Fontaine. We already have 3 solid Centre Backs in Williams, Flint and Osbourne.

Don't know much about this bloke though.

Maybe the end of Fonts or could be the end of Flint? Makes sense to have 2 left and 2 right sided centre halfs in the squad.

Is SC convinced by Flint? I don't think I am...

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Maybe the end of Fonts or could be the end of Flint? Makes sense to have 2 left and 2 right sided centre halfs in the squad.

Is SC convinced by Flint? I don't think I am...

 

He has been singing his praises in recent games.

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How about this back four ?

 

RB                 CB             CB            LB

Osborne      El-Abd        Flint        Williams

 

Anyone think that could work  

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How about this back four ?

 

RB                 CB             CB            LB

Osborne      El-Abd        Flint        Williams

 

Anyone think that could work  

You could be on to something there. Not necessarily with Williams at LB, but with Osborne at right back, then two of the three at centre back and Cunningham at left back. 

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In the Pembo presser he says the formation is suiting the players. That means SC likes the 532 - so we need 3 CB's and perhaps 3 cover CB's.

 

Flint, Osborne, Williams, El Abd, Fontaine, and Carey.

When Carey and Wilson go at the end of the season (although in the latter case, hopefully January), Brundle will likely step up.

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Strange area of the team to be looking to strengthen.

 

Osbourne has been impressive since he initially came on loan, Flint has been excellent since Cotterill's arrival and in Williams we have a real talent. If we were to revert to four at the back anytime soon (which interest in wingers would suggest we may) one of those would already have to sit on the bench before we take into consideration Carey, Fontaine, Brundle, James Wilson (yes still here) and now El Abd. I would say we have much weaker areas in our squad than centre half at the moment.

 

As for El Abd, I won't claim to be an expert on him, but he has always appeared a nasty player and a bit of a wind up merchant. I think I'm right in saying that he got Ricky Lambert the only red card of his career though, so he deserves some respect for that at least. I wouldn't look too far into us doing a job on Upson and Bridcutt in the game at Ashton Gate last season and forcing El Abd to bring the ball out of defence as an example of suggesting he is is poor on the ball though. I would suggest that says more about Upson and Bridcutt's quality and the way Brighton looked to play rather than any slight on El Abd.

 

We have been too soft for too long though and if Cotterill sees him as the type of character to make us tougher and more difficult to beat then that is fair enough I'd say. I would be concerned though that working withing the SCMP constrictions we would be much better off spending the wages we will likely to be paying El Abd strengthening elsewhere. It is of course unfair to judge that until the window shuts though.

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Why are people saying we don't need to strengthen at the back?

Have you not seen the defensive record? We are concluding 1 a game and can't defend set pieces

Don't concide and we don't lose

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Brighton fans on twitter seem genuinely gutted. Good signing although I don't understand why it's necessary unless fonts and Wilson are off.

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Have we got shot of Wilson yet?

Nope, last heard wondering about why cottage pie is so named.

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Cracking.

Strange signing though, because our back three have been solid.

I agree, it seems very odd, but who knows what is going on, perhaps one of our CB's has had his head turned by another club and is doing the off ?

 

But regardless its a very good signing IMO

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Quality signing, the type this side has been missing for some time and I guess that spells the end of Fontaine.

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It's 2 and a half years according to the Argus. That's not ridiculous, really.

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What a signing!! Who cares if we have Flint and Williams, this guy is an improvement on what we have here and they will learn a thing or two from him and hopefully improve themselves.

Described as a their most passionate player and a fighter by any Brighton fan you speak to. Exactly what we need. Flint and AEA will be the meanest pairing outside the top two divisions!!

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My thoughts exactly.

 

The pillars are beginning to creek.

 

You're happy that we've signed a defender though, surely?

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From my BHA mate:

 

He's a very good signing for a league one side. He's quite solid but can't get a decent run in our side as Gordon Greer and Matt Upson are better than him. I'm surprised he's dropped down a division but we are side moving up and he's not good enough for the Premier so it makes sense to move on. He'll do a great job, not the paciest but isn't afraid to put himself about and really winds the opposition players up. He's played over 300 times for us and gives his all in every match.

I wish him all the best and you have got a good one there.

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I'd rather sign, a quality, experienced, proven Centre Half, than a young and upcoming one.

 

We have to have a short term plan currently, to conquer our long term plan. We have to make sure of survival this season, which we look more than capable of doing, and then build from there, with a mixed squad, experience and youth, and 11 passionate players on the pitch who are proud to wear the shirt, and have a hunger to play for the club.

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I think people are forgetting where we are, this is one hell of signing for a league one side in the relation Zone. I wouldn't want to see Flint, Osborne or Williams left out but then we are at the bottom for a reason and Al abd is better than what we have and a defender in his prime.

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Past your bedtime?

More the boredom of your current sniping at the new regime. Still waiting for Cotterill etc to fall on his ass and he isn't. Good signings, decent pick up in results and you just constantly find something to snipe about. It gets a bit boring.

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You're happy that we've signed a defender though, surely?

 

If it means Fontaine slips down the pecking order then yes, great.

 

Merely an observation that Cotterill's two signings in this window are 28 & 29 years old, and both have slightly dubious reputations in terms of their mentality. The other (Osborne) is also over 25 though to be fair a Burt signing.

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Could have done with this guy in the summer before our relegation season imo. Looking at the Brighton forum they have nothing but good things to say about him, you don't normally get that from a signing, sounds like a reliable championship defender. You wonder who is going out, maybe cotteril doesn't think flint is up to the job, he has improved of late though. Williams has been our most consistent signing imo so would be harsh to drop him, and Osborne has looked different class since he signed. It will mean the end of fontaine I think, can see him going out on loan again. Brighton fans are also very positive about us on their forum, have definitely warmed to them, hated them after they robbed us of promotion in that playoff final!

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Jesus, tuesday you said we needed to sort the defence out.

 

Glad you're paying attention. In fairness, as someone else has said; 2.5 years isn't ridiculous. Still seems to be a sea change in the types of signings, and I'm sure these aren't Burt's recommendations.

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If it means Fontaine slips down the pecking order then yes, great.

 

Merely an observation that Cotterill's two signings in this window are 28 & 29 years old, and both have slightly dubious reputations in terms of their mentality. The other (Osborne) is also over 25 though to be fair a Burt signing.

Age is just a number. Shaun Taylor was 33 when we signed him.

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I saw the rumour he has signed to be captain on the brighton forum too. Just realised its a 3 and a half year deal for a 29 year old! not happy with that, club going back on their policy again. 2 years would have been better, proving were still a soft touch. Also I noticed cotteril says he can play the ball from the back, SOD didn't think so...who do we believe?

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To Michael Jackson's Bad

 

Because he's Abd, he's Abd-
Come on
(Abd Abd-really, really Abd)
You know I'm Abd, I'm Abd-
You know it

 

Glad you're paying attention. In fairness, as someone else has said; 2.5 years isn't ridiculous. Still seems to be a sea change in the types of signings, and I'm sure these aren't Burt's recommendations.

 

Thank **** for that, enough ex royal ballet players, trained not to tackle under any circumstances, by the previous non contact instructor.

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I saw the rumour he has signed to be captain on the brighton forum too. Just realised its a 3 and a half year deal for a 29 year old! not happy with that, club going back on their policy again. 2 years would have been better, proving were still a soft touch. Also I noticed cotteril says he can play the ball from the back, SOD didn't think so...who do we believe?

 

and we have paid a fee too, that's money we will never see back as he will be 33 by the time he is out-of-contract. I've been deliighted with Cotts, but this signing seems to be back to the bad old days of throwing away money - be interesting to see who out of Williams, Flint & Osborne is dropped for him...

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