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Rewind: Ulloa's First Albion Spell

By Kieran Cleeves • 29 January 2018

After Leonardo Ulloa returned to Brighton & Hove Albion on loan this morning, here’s a look back at the Argentine’s first spell on the south coast - which included 26 goals in 58 games.

The 31-year-old arrived at the Amex Stadium from Almeria in January 2013, and ten days later the striker found the back of the net on his debut against Arsenal in the FA Cup - in a 3-2 defeat for the Seagulls.

His first league goal came against Cardiff City in the Welsh capital when Gus Poyet’s team won 2-0, before he scored the first hat-trick at the Amex in a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town.

Ulloa bagged a brace in Albion’s memorable 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace on the south coast, adding to his goal tally which finished on ten after 20 appearances in all competitions during the 2012/13 season.

The following season began with four goals in five games for the forward, including strikes against Leeds United at Elland Road and another goal in a 2-0 victory over Burnley at the Amex.

He was given his only red card during his Albion days against Reading at the Amex, but Oscar Garcia’s side held on for a goalless draw despite being down to ten men from the 39th minute.

Ulloa scored winning goals in back-to-back 1-0 victories over Doncaster Rovers and Leeds to help the Seagulls stay in the promotion shake-up, and scored another five goals before the final day of the season.

Perhaps his most memorable moment came at the City Ground, when the striker’s header from Craig Mackail-Smith’s cross sent Albion into the Championship play-offs deep into stoppage time against Nottingham Forest.

His final two appearances came against Derby County in the play-offs, but with Albion failing to reach the final, Leicester City came in for the striker and secured his services in July 2014.

In total, Ulloa made 58 appearances, scored 26 goals, claimed eight assists, received nine yellow cards and was given his marching orders once. His £8 million move to the Foxes also remains the record transfer fee Albion have received for a player.

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