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BARBER’S DEADLINE DAY DISAPPOINTMENT

1 September 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion chief executive Paul Barber has spoken of his huge disappointment after the club failed to net a striker during the transfer window, but insists the team will remain competitive in the Premier League.

Speaking to BBC Sussex this morning, Barber shed further light on Albion’s deadline day frustration.

He said, "It was a very eventful window, and overall we were very pleased with the work we did, but in the end we were disappointed that we couldn’t get the striker we wanted come the end of the window.

“Certainly we tried very hard, but circumstances that were out of our control conspired against us. Sometimes that’s the way transfer windows go.

“Of course the conventional wisdom is that if you get your business done early then everything will be fine, but unfortunately when you are pursuing specific targets you have to work to the rhythm of the selling club.

“If they’re not willing to sell at the start of the window, or even the middle of the window, and they are determined to take it to the wire for whatever reason, then you have to work with that.

“One of our deals didn’t come off because the selling club had a deal collapse on them; in another situation we had terms agreed with the selling club and the player, only for the player to decide in the end he didn’t want to make the move.

“The process of buying and selling players doesn’t happen in a straight line, it’s a very dynamic process. Things can change within an hour of a deal being agreed, let alone a day or a month, and sometimes the deal just isn’t possible in the end.

“There are a lot of moving parts, and it’s difficult – it’s difficult for the biggest clubs in the world and it's certainly difficult for us.”

Although a new striker wasn’t forthcoming, Albion did welcome attacking full-back Ezequiel Schelotto and goalkeeper Tim Krul to the ranks, and Barber remains confident the squad is good enough to compete in the top flight.

“We’re disappointed, but we have to remember that this group of players scored 60 goals just from the attacking positions alone last season. We’ve added to that with the likes of Pascal Gross and Jose Izquierdo, and yesterday we added another player (Schelotto) who can add something to Chris’s attacking options.

“We are very confident that the players we have will be able to be competitive, create chances and score goals, but of course we’re hugely disappointed that we couldn’t add to that firepower.”

Barber also stressed that player recruitment at the club remains a constant process, and that work on the January transfer window has already begun.

“We work on a continuous basis in the area of recruitment and we are aware of players who are more likely to be available in January, while there will be other players who become available who at the moment would have been impossible to get.

“So all of that work is ongoing, and we will no doubt have the support of our chairman once again. It’s easy to forget that we broke our transfer record three times during this window, and it’s been a busy window.

“Yesterday’s disappointment will overshadow a really busy window for us, but the recruitment team have done a terrific job and explored every last avenue – including last-minute options that even at the start of yesterday weren’t available.

“But it wasn’t to be, so we simply have to move on. We’ve got a great squad and we’re looking forward to the forthcoming games.”


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