Sheffield Wednesday: Boost for Seagulls as strike ace Leo returns after ban

Striker Leo Ulloa celebrates a goal
Striker Leo Ulloa celebrates a goal
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In Leo Ulloa, Brighton and Hove Albion possess a striker capable of spearheading their promotion challenge.

The Argentine forward is expected to be recalled to the starting line-up when the Seagulls host Sheffield Wednesday tonight, having served his three-match ban for his red card in the goalless draw at Reading.

Since arriving for a reported £2m fee from Spanish outfit Almeria back in January, Ulloa has plundered 14 goals in 27 appearances.

As Brighton narrowly missed out on promotion last term, losing to Crystal Palace in the Championship play-off semi-finals, Ulloa struck 10 goals in 20 outings.

He is their main goal threat and has begun this season in fine form by finding the back of the net in four of the club’s league matches.

Palace are thought to be monitoring Ulloa’s situation and could try to prise the him away from their rivals when the transfer window reopens in January.

Keith Andrews, his Albion teammate, recently said: “He is a handful.

“He has got a bit of everything.

“He is a big player for us because he is really leading that line on his own and allowing us to bring other players such as Bucker (Will Buckley) and Barnesy (Ashley Barnes) when he plays into play.

“He is a very effective player.

“I have seen first hand in training how strong he is and what a handful he is to deal with.

“If we can keep him right I am sure we are going to have a very good season.”

Brighton’s head coach, Oscar Garcia, is preparing to hand starts to Ulloa and unpredictable winger Kazenga LuaLua.