Brighton manager Graham Potter has confirmed that four players on loan from the Amex Stadium to teams in the Championship will not return to their parent club for the rest of this season.
As per Brighton Argus, the quartet of Ben White (Leeds), Leon Balogun (Wigan), Matt Clarke (Derby) and Jayson Molumby (Millwall) will all remain with their respective loan clubs for the conclusion of the second tier campaign.
Potter told reporters [via Brighton Argus]: “All the guys who are on loan will stay and finish their loan spells. Then we will us discuss at the end of the season what the next plan is for them. Each individual is different, of course, and we will make those decisions at the end of the season.”
Of those four players, White has probably impressed the most, playing a key part in Leeds’ rise to the top of the Championship with match averages of 1.7 tackles, 2.3 interceptions and 2.8 headers won (as per WhoScored). According to Sky Sports, his form at Elland Road has prompted Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham to all monitor the 22-year-old centre-back.
Fellow central defender Clarke has also managed to obtain regular game-time this season with Derby, where he has scored once in 26 appearances and earned the highest average WhoScored match rating of anyone at Pride Park, winning 3.7 tackles and four headers per game.
Balogun, another centre-back on loan from Brighton, has had some long overdue game-time since going to Wigan in January, having not played a single Premier League minute for the Seagulls in 2019/20 (as per TransferMarkt). The Nigeria international has managed a respectable average of 4.3 clearances and 2.8 successful headers per game in his spell at the DW Stadium.
Young midfielder Molumby has been a regular starter at Millwall and made 33 appearances, although he has no goals and just one assist to his name for the Lions (as per TransferMarkt). Worryingly, he has been booked seven times already this season, although the 20-year-old’s game should become more refined with greater experience.
Unfortunately for all four loanees, they play in positions where Brighton are currently very well stocked, although the reported interest in White from high-flying Premier League clubs suggests that he could certainly be good enough to get into the Seagulls’ first XI next season. Balogun, on the other hand, is out of contract in the summer and his failure to obtain top flight game-time under Potter does not bode well for his future at the Amex Stadium.
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With ample options already at the manager’s disposal, it is understandable why he is content to allow the four Championship loanees to continue with their respective clubs so that they can keep getting regular minutes while he keeps his trust in the current squad to ensure a fourth successive Premier League season over the coming weeks.
Brighton fans, would you like to have some of those loan players back at the Amex now or are they right to remain with their respective clubs for the next few weeks? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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