CARAYOL FLIES IN FOR THE SEAGULLS
WHILE Brighton waved goodbye to one Middlesbrough loanee this week they welcomed another in Mustapha Carayol – and Seagulls boss Chris Hughton admits it represents a coup for the club.
The 26-year-old Gambian winger has only just returned from a year-long knee injury and, with clubs circling, Hughton moved fast to snap him up until the end of the campaign.
Fellow Boro man Emmanuel Ledesma has moved back to the Riverside having failed to score in four games during his one-month stay at The Amex, but Hughton is confident that Carayol will prove a hit.
“Mustapha was attracting a lot of interest from Championship clubs, both prior to his injury, and at this current point in time,” said Hughton.
“He is someone both the club and I have been aware of for some time, so we are absolutely delighted he has opted to join us on loan.
“He is an exciting, dynamic player, he is quick and direct, and he gives us a different option alongside our other attacking players.
“While he has played for Boro’s U21s, and has recovered from the injury, he is yet to feature in the Championship, so it will be a case of reintroducing him to the rigours of first-team football.”