Jose Izquierdo

Watford 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion: Gulls can’t break down 10-man Hornets

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  • Brighton has hour up a man
  • Amrabat, Knockaert play well
  • Gomes gets the job done

Watford stayed unbeaten thanks to fine defending down a man in a scoreless draw against visiting Brighton and Hove Albion at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Miguel Britos went from hero to goat in a hurry, earning a red card weeks after snaring a late point for Watford versus Liverpool.

Brighton could not find the back of the net despite a lively day from Anthony Knockaert.

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Nordin Amrabat won a dangerous free kick with a little embellishment following a manhandling from Markus Suttner, and a powerful ensuing header was blocked before it could get to Mathew Ryan.

Amrabat set up another chance with physical play against Suttner, but a pair of Hornets couldn’t get on the end of a square pass through the 18.

Brighton elbowed its way into the proceedings, and Knockaert forced Heurelho Gomes into a horizontal parry in the 23rd minute.

Miguel Britos then further put the ball in Brighton’s court with an ugly sliding challenge that earned him a red card with better than an hour to play.

Brighton hit a pair of posts, but received a scare when on-yellow Bruno tempted a red to even things up. No call.

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Kiko Femenia saved Gomes from a tricky stop in the 50th minute, and Brighton earned a corner.

Shane Duffy barely missed with a far post header moments later, and the Gulls were knocking at the door.

Brighton was awarded an indirect kick inside the area when Abdolaye Doucoure was whistled for a high kick inside the 18. The charging wall got a piece of Lewis Dunk‘s effort and it was out for a corner.

Oddly enough it was a counter of a Watford corner that saw Brighton really threaten a diving Gomes.

Record signing Jose Izquierdo came off the bench for Brighton and nearly curled a long distance effort into the upper 90.

Brighton breaks club record with signing of winger Jose Izquierdo

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Brighton hasn’t gotten off to the ideal start in its debut season in the Premier League, but a key reinforcement is on the way.

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After starting the 2017/18 campaign with back-to-back defeats, the Seagulls announced on Sunday the signing of Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge in Belgium for a record fee.

The 25-year-old spent three seasons in Belgium’s top flight and totaled 38 goals across all competitions for Brugge, prior to making the move to England.

Additionally, Izquierdo has worked his way into the Colombia squad as of late, and scored his first international goal for his country in June 2017 in a friendly against Cameroon.

Brighton breaks transfer record (again) with Izquierdo (video)

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Brighton and Hove Albion have broken its transfer record.

A week after setting a new club standard with the signing of Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven, the Gulls have signed electric Colombian attacker Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge for over $15 million.

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Izquierdo averaged a goal every other match for Brugge last season and broke through to the Colombian national team with two caps this summer, scoring in a friendly against Cameroon.

With Propper and Izquierdo, manager Chris Hughton has two more playmakers who can better set the table for a strike corps that has been questioned at the Premier League level.

Brighton lost to Man City 2-0 on Saturday and next faces Leicester City at King Power Stadium.

Brighton agree club-record fee for Colombian winger

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Ahead of their first-ever season in the Premier League, Brighton & Hove Albion is making moves.

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The Seagulls announced Thursday that they’ve agreed a club-record fee, believed to be $17.5 million, with Club Brugge for Colombia winger Jose Izquierdo.

In a statement released on their website the PL newcomers revealed that Izquierdo, 25, will now have a medical in the next 24 hours after agreeing personal terms, plus he will also have to be granted a work permit.

Chris Hughton is certainly delighted to add the Colombian international who made his debut for Los Cafeteros in June.

“Jose is someone we have been aware of for sometime and has been one of the standout players in the Belgian league over the past three years,” Hughton said. “He’s been an exciting player for Club Brugge and in the season he helped the club win the title in 2015/16, he was also Belgium’s Player of the Year.  Jose has good experience with almost 250 senior games in both Colombia and Belgium, and has played in the Europa League, Champions League and international football, having made his debut for his national team this summer.”

An out-and-out left winger, Izquierdo has spent the past three seasons at in Belgium’s top-flight with Brugge and has racked up an impressive number of goals with 34 goal in 84 top-flight appearances, plus playing in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League for Brugge where he scored in the UCL against Leicester City last season.

If the deal goes through, as expected, then Brighton will have smash their transfer record twice in three days after they signed Dutch international midfielder Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven for $12.9 million.

Chris Hughton’s main playmaker will be Anthony Knockaert but having genuine pace and power out wide to deliver balls for Glenn Murray, Izzy Brown and Tomer Hemed to attack will be key.

Brighton have made some very impressive moves in the final week before they make their PL debut.