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14 June 2018

Bennett Dean
Leonardo Ulloa in action at the Etihad Stadium.

Leonardo Ulloa made his return to Brighton & Hove Albion in January 2018, as he signed for the Seagulls on a loan deal from Leicester City until the end of the season.

The Argentinian added depth to Albion’s options, as he made his first appearance as a second-half substitute in place of Glenn Murray against Southampton at St Mary’s.

Another couple of appearances off the bench followed, against West Ham United and Stoke City, before Chris Hughton handed Ulloa his first Albion start of the season in the Emirates FA Cup.

The 31-year-old headed home after 61 minutes to put the Seagulls 3-0 ahead, in a game which ended 3-1 against Coventry City in the fifth round.

Ulloa led the line for Hughton’s team in the quarter-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford, but the contest ended in defeat, as the hosts sealed a 2-0 victory to reach the final four.

The forward had to wait a while longer until his first Premier League start of the campaign, but Ulloa started up top against Burnley at Turf Moor - in a hard-fought 0-0 draw for Hughton’s men.

Once Albion’s Premier League safety was secured, Hughton decided to rest Murray and give Ulloa his second league start of the season, and the Argentinian found the back of the net against the league champions.

Danilo opened the scoring for Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, but Ulloa glanced a header past Claudio Bravo to make it 1-1, before the hosts put the game beyond Albion’s reach at 3-1.

In June 2018, it was confirmed that Ulloa would head back to Leicester, and Hughton said, “Leo proved an important member of the squad in the second half of the season, and on behalf of the club I would like to thank him for his efforts during his time on loan with us."

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