Will Murray’s return be a happy one?

Glenn Murray
Glenn Murray

The season long loan signing of Glenn Murray ends almost a season of speculation.

While I firmly believe that had Albion had him in their ranks last season they would now be a Premier League side, it’s still a great signing making Brighton all the more stronger.

His return puts an end to perhaps one of the more regrettable episodes in Albion’s recent history, in the fact he should never have left in the first place.

Whilst primarily it’s about winning games of football at any level, to a degree both personality and opinion come into it aswell.

In former boss Gus Poyet’s view, Craig Mackail-Smith was a better option upfront than Murray.

History has told us that this was a huge error, with noone knowing how much it may well have cost Albion in the ensuing five years.

Murray proved his class on his first return to Albion with Crystal Palace in September 2011.

That day Palace ran out 3-1 winners, with Murray netting the third, but after netting he ran straight back to the halfway line.

Top quality and even more reason to look forward to his first competitive goal since returning.

He’s not the first ‘big name’ to make a return to Albion.

In October 1982, Peter Ward came back on loan following a tough two years under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest.

He may well have put a few more on the gate each week, while also for Brighton in the third-round of their epic FA Cup run.

He may well have featured later rounds had it not been for Clough recalling him from his loan later that year.

Two members of the Seagulls 83’ squad did return several years later also, Jimmy Case initially came back as player-coach to Liam Brady in 1993, before taking over as boss two years later.

Steve Foster also came back for a brief stint around that time but wasn’t around for too long.

Micky Adams, another Albion legend, returned for a second stint as manager in 2008.

Adams came back to find Brighton in transition but his treatment by section of supporters and manner of his departure is something best kept in the past.

Thankfully, Bobby Zamora’s return last summer was more of a successful one.

Although eventually blighted by injury, his early days back were great for both he and Brighton fans.

Whilst obvious comparisons are being made with Murray, with all due respect to Bobby, one of my all-time favourite Albion heroes, Murray’s second stint at the club will be far more effective and beneficial.

If Glenn stays injury and suspension free, there is no reason why he cannot bag at least 15-20 goals, which could make all the difference.

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