Albion performance provides sweet relief

Adrian Colunga signed this week (Photograph: Paul Hazlewood)
Adrian Colunga signed this week (Photograph: Paul Hazlewood)

"Tense, nervous, headache, take Anadin." That’s how the 1980s advert went .

"Tense, nervous, headache, take Anadin." That’s how the 1980s advert went for the answer to a throbbing temple. You could have deleted Anadin and inserted Albion on Tuesday night as the Seagulls battled past a classy Swindon side in the League Cup.

Aside from the wonder goal, result, extra-time, two penalties, and red card, it was a chance to get a first glimpse of three new recruits, Adrian Colunga, Gary Gardner and Paddy McCourt. Colunga certainly impressed with pace and an eye for goal but all the trio’s arrival appears to have further eased the transfer headaches some fans were suffering in the early part of August.

Since those early defeats, the Albion have recruited a host of players in all different ways.

One journalist noted recently that it wasn’t whether Manchester United could afford to buy Di Maria for £60 million, but whether they could afford not to. The management at the Amex certainly don’t have those resources at their disposa,l but have utilised a few different routes to the club for new players. Pay the money, Stockdale, Colunga and Baldock. Get them in when they want/are out, Danny Holla and Paddy McCourt. Go to the big boys, loanees Bennett, Teixeira and Gardner.

I’ve mentioned before the challenges that face a club without parachute payments but early indications would suggest it has performed a good balancing act whilst balancing the books.

Only time will tell whether Sami Hyypia has the strength and quality to mount another charge in the Championship, but supporters must feel a little less concerned. It fells that across the last week there has been a signing every day. It should help fans work, rest and play.

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