New boy set for Seagulls debut

Brighton & Hove Albion

Chris Hughton has no doubts over new signing Leonardo Ulloa's fitness and has put him straight in the squad to face Southampton.

The Argentinian striker has rejoined Albion on loan from Leicester three and a half years after he left the south coast.

Ulloa has played just 19 minutes of Premier League football this season but Hughton is nevertheless ready to throw him straight in as he bids to pep up an attack which has found the net just 17 times.

“He’s in the squad and we are happy with his levels,” said Hughton at his pre-match press conference. “We have found it difficult to get the goals we need to win games, so to have that competition and options in that position is definitely something we wanted.

“We know the type of player he is and what he will bring to the squad. He has gained great experience in the last few years in the games he has been involved with.

“We want him to bring that quality and experience to us.”