Graham Potter makes loan admission to Brighton ahead of January transfer window


Brighton boss Graham Potter has said the club will assess their players’ performance on loan in January as some struggle to gain playing time.

A slew of Albion players are currently on loan for the season and so far they have had varying levels of success.

For example, Florin Andone has only played 108 minutes on loan at Cadiz so far, Teddy Jenks at Aberdeen has not played for the team since September and Abdallah Sima has not been helped by injuries at Stoke City.

Conversely, Kaoru Mitoma at Union SG, Leo Ostigard at Stoke, Andi Zeqiri at FC Augsburg and Alex Cochrane at Aberdeen all get valuable playing time.

With the January transfer window not too far away, will the Seagulls remember those players who spend more time on the sidelines?

Andi Zeqiri on loan to FC Augsburg from Brighton

Could they then be sent to another squad or maybe stay with the Brighton squad?

After all, Danny Welbeck has been out for over a month with a hamstring issue, and Aaron Connolly has had various issues – leaving Sussex’s outfit running out of hitting options at times this season.

Asked about the recall of the players on loan, Potter replied, “I think this is something the club is monitoring, as you say with all the players, that is part of the process with the guys on loan. You can’t. not control everything.

“They go there and it’s up to the club to play them or not. Like everything, you look at it on a case-by-case basis, on an individual basis, and we will do that in January and at the end of the season.”

This sentiment was echoed by Brighton Loans Director David Weir earlier this month.

The former Scotland and Rangers star said some of their players’ stays away from the Amex had been “mixed”.

Despite this, he believes the decisions to send certain people to specific clubs were correct.

“It has been mixed as always. It can take a bit of time for players who integrate at new clubs to settle in, especially the guys who are on their first loans,” he said on the club website.

“Then you have players going to different countries and different environments, sometimes it takes a little while.

Neal Maupay celebrates with his Brighton teammates

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“Everyone has spent a little time in their clubs now and got to know them, while the clubs have also gotten to know them. Things tend to look and feel more positive once this integration is done.

“We always look at the big picture and what the loans look like after a period of time.

“We are supporting them throughout the process and will take a closer look at how they play in January and then again at the end of the season.

“We’re happy with the way it’s going, we think we’ve put the players at the right level. There is still work to be done obviously, but overall we have had a good start to the season.”


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