Amid all the attention placed on club-record signing Jurgen Locadia, reserved his own analysis slot on Match of the Day after scoring against Coventry City on his Brighton debut, the fact a striker who once netted 26 times in 18 months for the Seagulls scored again upon his return to the Amex Stadium was somewhat overlooked on Saturday.
Indeed, Leonardo Ulloa – who Transfermarkt value at £4.5million – is a bit of a hero on the south coast and marked his first start since re-joining the club in a loan deal from Leicester City with the third goal in a 3-1 win for Chris Hughton’s side in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup – in typical Ulloa style, peeling a few yards off his marker before heading home a zipping Bruno cross.
And that goal was just reward for a productive afternoon from the Argentine, letting Brighton’s big-money signing steal the limelight while he got on with the ugly work, namely providing a physical presence for Locadia to play off by winning four aerial duels, creating one scoring chance and completing 78% of his passes.
That gives Chris Hughton a welcome headache for when Brighton return to Premier League action next weekend. Although the Segulls have based their survival bid thus far on not conceding, they’ll need goals to see off the threat of relegation in the coming months – only Burnley, Swansea and West Brom have found the net less times than them so far this season.
And with Locadia getting off the mark, Glenn Murray providing three goals in his last four games, Ulloa reviving his scoring touch for Brighton and Tomer Hemed waiting in reserve, Hughton certainly has options to choose from.
So, Brighton fans, which striker do you think should start against relegation rivals Swansea next Saturday? Let us know by voting below…