Two signings in quick succession show Albion intent

Brighton and Hove Albion left fans in a mixture of shock and delight at the announcement of two new loan signings – Wolves winger Rajiv Van La Parra signed at 5:00pm, with Manchester United striker James Wilson being announced at 6:17pm.

Everything you need to know about the new signings:


Rajiv Van La Parra

Van La Parra (24) signed for Wolves on a free on June 10th 2014 after scoring 16 times in 94 appearances. He was named man of the match on his debut vs Norwich. He also scored the equaliser last season at the Amex to rescue Wolves a point. However the pacey winger has fallen out of favour and failed to make an impact for the West Midlands side in recent months.

He is renowned for his explosive play and ability to beat his man however his main weakness according to Wolves fans is his lack of end product. Van La Parra has many attributes that can be related to injured winger Kazenga LuaLua. Maybe he can give us that cutting edge and direct style of play at least until LuaLua is fit again.

Personally I would rate this signing:

6/10 – Direct player with similar characteristics to LuaLua.

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James Wilson

Oh boy I have got a lot to say about this lad…

Wilson (19) has been at United since the age of seven progressing through their youth ranks (in 2012 he managed 14 goals in 18 appearances for the under 18s and 8 goals in 12 games for the reserves) before making his Manchester United breakthrough during the 2013/2014 season. He had a dream debut for the senior squad, managing a brace in a 3-1 victory over Hull City. The season after that he managed 2 goals in 17 appearance (all competitions). However like Van La Parra he has also fallen out of favour with his club. What is also delightful is that we have managed to borrow him until the end of the season!

Still only at the tender age of 19, the most important thing for Wilson is game time. Wilson has the ability to create a chance out of nothing.  He is also known for his quick feet and great balance that allows him to dance away from challenges. While he might not have the pace of a Walcott or Sterling, Wilson has impressive acceleration and can break away from defenders with ease.

As a Brighton fan I am EXTREMELY excited about this signing. He is a player who has the potential to be world class if developed correctly and most importantly unlike some players he knows how to find the back of the net! If you were wondering how Tony Bloom and Chris Hughton could show a clear statement of intent for the club’s desire to reach the promised land. THIS. IS. IT.

Personally I would rate this signing:

9/10 – Fast, clinical attacker who knows how to score. Has the potential to play at the top level. Now lets hope he can bag us some goals!

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