'Rubbish' – Adam Lallana gives surprising transfer verdict amid new striker call as Brighton win at Wolves

Brighton midfielder Adam Lallana believes they do not need a new striker this January transfer window following a deserved 3-2 win at 10-man Wolves
Brighton midfielder Adam Lallana celebrates his goal in the Premier League win at WolvesBrighton midfielder Adam Lallana celebrates his goal in the Premier League win at Wolves
Brighton midfielder Adam Lallana celebrates his goal in the Premier League win at Wolves

Albion recorded back to back wins and moved to sixth in the Premier League as Roberto De Zerbi’s men were forced to comeback from 2-1 down to claim victory.

Pascal Gross fired the late winner just as it looked like Wolves would hold on to a point after Nelson Semedo’s first-half red card. Goncalo Guedes’ first Wolves goal and Ruben Neves’ penalty had given the hosts a 2-1 lead after Lallana’s expertly taken opener.

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Kaoru Mitoma then levelled with a header from Lallana’s cross before Semedo was dismissed for hauling down Mitoma. Gross’s strike won it to maintain Brighton’s European charge and end the hosts’ stubborn resistance wh seemed to play better and caused more problems with 10-men.

Albion have now scored seven goals in their last two matches and the goals have also been shared around the pitch with Lallana, Gross, Mitoma and Leo Trossard all contributing of late.

The Seagulls have 22 goals so far this season, which is five more than Manchester United, five more than Chelsea, 11 more than West Ham and just one fewer than Liverpool – all teams who have spent huge sums on transfer fees to boost their attacks.

Despite this, fans and pundits often criticise the club for not going all out to bring in a striker. Lallana though feels goalscoring is a collective responsibility and that the goals should and will continue to arrive from all areas of the team.

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"It was nice,” said Lallana to BBC Sussex after netting his first of the season. “It does not happen often and I need to take more responsibility in the final third.

"We are a team and we contribute all over the park. There is no responsibility on any one person to get the goals. I think the need for a striker is a load of rubbish in my opinion. We create enough and we score enough and to get three points like that, it's nice.”

Speaking later to Match of the Day, he added: “It's just about us all contributing a little bit more. If we want a striker as good as Danny Welbeck then we need to spend £80-90m in my opinion in the English market. They don't exist, they're not out there.

“We need to just get better and all of us take a bit of responsibility in the final third. It was nice to contribute a little bit more today.”

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Lallana was also impressed with the contribution of Mitoma. The Japan international notched his first goal of the season at Molineux and – just as he did against Chelsea last week – caused the home defence numerous problems.

“He has been outstanding,” Lallana added. “He had a little injury a while ago, he trained a couple of days and then played against Chelsea. It just shows his resilience and work ethic and willingness to put himself forward for the team. We were stretched last week, so delighted for him and he did well to get that goal.”