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2017/18 PLAYER FOCUS: JOSE IZQUIERDO

19 June 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Jose Izquierdo slides towards the Sky Sports cameras at the London Stadium.

After arriving from Club Brugge in the summer transfer window, Jose Izquierdo added pace, trickery and an eye for goal to Chris Hughton’s options on the flanks - as he became the club’s record signing at the time.

His transfer fee has since been surpassed by the arrival of striker Jurgen Locadia in January, but the Colombian proved his worth throughout the 2017/18 campaign - scoring five goals and claiming four assists.

Izquierdo’s debut came at Vicarage Road, as he entered the field as a second-half substitute against Watford, and his eye for goal was made clear inside his nine-minute appearance, as he flashed a shot just wide of the top corner from 25 yards.

His first start for the club came against AFC Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup, but the winger had few chances to shine in a cagey game against the Cherries, which ended in a 1-0 extra-time defeat.

The winger was then given his first start in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium, but the Seagulls were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal on a difficult afternoon in north London.

But midway through October was when Izquierdo really announced himself on the Premier League stage, as he cut in off the left wing and curled a sublime effort past West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart at the London Stadium.

Izquierdo’s stunning strike extended Albion’s lead to 2-0 against the Hammers before the break, in a game which ended 3-0 to Chris Hughton’s side - a first Premier League away victory of the season.

The Seagulls trailed 2-1 against Stoke City at the Amex Stadium the following month, but Izquierdo equalised for Albion in the second half to earn a share of the spoils.

The Colombian was in and out of the team over the Christmas period, as Hughton decided to rotate his wingers during a difficult spell, but Izquierdo returned to the side against AFC Bournemouth on New Year’s Day and made an impact.

Goals for Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray were both set up by Izquierdo, as the Seagulls claimed another important point in their charge towards Premier League safety.



With the game against West Ham level at 1-1 in February, Izquierdo scored what turned out to be Albion’s Goal of the Season, a spectacular curling effort into the top corner from 25 yards - similar but better than his goal in the reverse fixture.

Another goal-of-the-season contender came in the following match at the Bet365 Stadium, as Izquierdo exchanged passes with Solly March and Dale Stephens before finishing off a wonderful team move against Stoke City.

Izquierdo netted his final goal of the campaign in a 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, but his most important contribution towards the end of the season came against Manchester United at the Amex Stadium.

With the deadlock yet to be broken, Izquierdo sent an inviting cross into Manchester United’s penalty area and Pascal Gross arrived to head the ball over the goal line to secure three points and Albion’s status in the Premier League for another season.


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