Brighton forward Viktor Gyokeres has admitted that he doesn’t know whether or not he has a future at the club.
The 22-year-old has just returned to the Amex Stadium following a loan spell at German second tier outfit St. Pauli and, while he has hinted that he would like to remain a Seagulls player, he confessed that his career is currently in some limbo.
He told Swedish media outlet Fotbollskanalen [via Sussex Live]: “It’s a good club playing in the Premier League, so it’s clear you’re aiming for it, but we’ll see what happens. Otherwise, you can take it from there. Right now, I don’t know what will happen next season.
“But you can see what alternatives there are if I’m not in Brighton. I hope to be there. I’m not thinking about it right now or talking to my agent. Right now, I have a little vacation from everything and then I’ll be ready for next season. I don’t really know what they are thinking. It’s hard for me to say.”
Gyokeres hit seven goals and provided four assists in 26 league appearances at St. Pauli this season, a contribution which proved crucial as the Hamburg-based club narrowly avoided relegation to the third tier.
The Swedish attacker had an impressive match average of 1.9 shots in 2. Bundesliga, while a return of 1.8 successful dribbles per game shows that he is adept at taking on opposition defences (as per WhoScored).
He has struggled for recognition at Brighton, though, making just five senior appearances for the Seagulls. Those all came in domestic cup competitions in the 2018/19 campaign, with three games as an unused substitute the closest he has come to getting a run in the Premier League. [via TransferMarkt]
The 22-year-old boasts the versatility of being able to play as a centre-forward or left-sided winger, with the occasional appearance on the right flank also highlighting his ability to feature anywhere across the front line (as per TransferMarkt).
Gyokeres has put his best foot forward for recognition by Graham Potter with his form for St. Pauli during his loan spell, although the Brighton manager already has an abundance of attacking options at his disposal such as Neal Maupay, Aaron Connolly, Leandro Trossard and Glenn Murray.
Indeed, such is the competition for places in the Seagulls’ attack that Alireza Jahanbakhsh hasn’t even been able to make it into recent 20-man matchday squads and has been linked with Ajax (De Telegraaf) and PSV Eindhoven (Voetbal International).
Right now, it appears that the Swedish forward has an uphill task on his hands to forge his way into Potter’s plans for next season.
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