I'm Scott and I've been a Brighton fan since my parents took me to my first game at the Goldstone Ground at the age of 2. Remarkably, they were not locked up for this piece of child neglect in forcing a lifetime of disappointment upon me.
What the lack of striker signing on deadline day means for Brighton
Why it will be another tight afternoon at the Amex
Will Chris Hughton's side finally score a goal?
Brighton and Hove Albion's first transfer window as a Premier League club has not gone as well as could be hoped. The fact we've not signed one striker all summer is more disappointing than matching with Taylor Swift on Tinder, only for Dennis Taylor to turn up to the date.
Everyone could see a striker was essential if we were to have a chance of staying in the Premier League for more than one season. It became even more apparent after three league games without a goal, including away at Watford last time out in a game we dominated but failed to score in. Despite all that, the club's recruitment team failed in the one area we most desperately needed to strengthen in.
So, where do we go from here? To West Bromwich Albion at home. If signing a striker was key number one to staying up, then key number two will be picking up wins at home.
A lot of Brighton fans seem to think that that will happen against West Brom. There seems to be a certain amount of snobbishnes about playing the Baggies, probably because they aren't the most fashionable of top flight teams.
That is a dangerous attitude. West Brom were the eighth best team in the country last season and in Tony Pulis, they have a manager who always seems to beat us. Even when we aren't up against one of his teams, he gets one over on us - every Brighton fan was enjoying Crystal Palace's demise in 2013-14 and looking forward to facing them in the Championship until he rocked up at Selhurst Park and turned them from laughing stock into team of the second half of the season.
So this won't be an easy afternoon at the Amex. But it is a vitally important one, even at this early stage of the season, to our hopes of staying up.
The last time we played West Brom, John Major was Prime Minister, Charles and Diana were still married and some fashion guru had decided that blue and white striped shorts would be a good look for the Albion kit. Over the intervening 24 years, everytime we were promoted into the Championship, they went into the Premier League. Everytime they were relegated to the Championship, we dropped into League One. So essentially, there isn't much to go on.
Glenn Murray joins Sam Baldock on the injured list, leaving Tomer Hemed as our only fit senior striker - and he is rumoured to have picked up a minor knock on international duty with Israel. Chris Hughton "doesn't want to put a time frame" on how long Murray will be out for, which is a new approach from the normal "minor knock, back in a fortnight" that actually translates as out got six weeks. As a result, we expect Murray to return just after Brexit in 2019.
If Hughton is bold and wants to go for the win, you'd expect him to start both Knockaert and Jose Izquierdo down the flanks. Izquierdo looked good in a 10 minute cameo at Watford and unleashing his pace upon West Brom would offer another route to creating opportunities
The only way Watford could seemingly stop Anthony Knockaert a fortnight ago was by snapping his leg into a different postcode via a Miguel Britos horror tackle. The Little French Magician was a real livewire on his first start of the season after injury. He always plays better at home and with another two weeks of training under his belt, the West Brom full backs could be in for a torrid time.
If it's goals we are looking for (answer: yes) then Davy Propper popped up with two in the Netherlands 3-1 win over Bulgaria on Sunday. He's got better with each game he has played and ending our goal drought would go some way to easing the doubts around the club's second biggest ever transfer.
West Brom 9/4
Under 2.5 goals @ 8/5 with 32Red I'm sure you can see a pattern here seeing as these were my exact selections for the away game at Watford, but we won't concede many goals this season and we certainly won't concede many either.
Anthony Knockaert to score anytime @ 10/3 with Bet365
Knockaert was excellent at Watford and was unlucky not to notch when hitting the post.
He tends to play better at home and it seems like a big price for him to score anytime
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