Brighton & Hove Albion supporter Alan Wares answers our questions on new Swindon midfielder Alan Navarro…
After making a valued contribution with 33 appearances in 2011/12 were you surprised by his release in April?
I was slightly surprised to see Alan released, but then again Gus is aiming high for his midfielders.
What type of player is Alan, what can Swindon fans expect to see?
When fit, Alan will keep going like the Duracell bunny. If he looks off the pace, it’s not for the want of trying – it will mean he is not 100% fit. One thing he is not is a cheat to his team-mates.
With a season in the Championship under his belt, will the 31 year old be a stand-out performer in League One?
Playing and training with the likes of Vicente on a regular basis has only improved his game and he will be one of the better midfield players in the division.
What midfield role and position does Navarro suit?
Alan is a tenacious holding midfielder who will give everything.
Does Alan have any particular strengths or weaknesses? In particular, how is his range of passing?
He can pick a pass, encourage others around him, organise the midfield and keep going for 95 minutes. Don’t expect too many goals out of him – his shooting is generally woeful – the winner against Leeds at Elland Road excepted.
He is there to load the gun for the wingers and strikers. Swindon have chosen an excellent midfielder there – the team will definitely be better with him.
Alan had an injury hit 2010/11. Are his injuries now behind him to last a full season and fitness regime under Di Canio?
Alan featured in 33 games last season, so it looks like the nightmare of the previous season is well behind him.
After spending three years down on the south coast, how will Alan be remembered at Brighton?
Alan will be remembered as a player who never gave less than 100% every time he pulled on the shirt. It’s a shame to see such a quality player leave, but it shows how far Brighton have come as a club that Gus Poyet feels he can afford to release him.