Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter has admitted to The Argus that he could be open to recalling some of the club’s loan players in January.
The comments from the Brighton boss come in the wake of the news that their back up striker Danny Welbeck will be out for the next few months as he continues to recover from surgery that he had on a hamstring injury.
This could therefore mean that Potter could look to recall the likes of Abdallah Sima from Sky Bet Championship side Stoke City at the turn of the new year.
Speaking on the subject of potentially seeing some of his loan players return in January, Potter had this to say:
“The under-23s are there, and if we have loan recall options in January that is something we can look at.
“But again in a hypothetical situation until it happens, can’t really say anything else.”
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Sima was signed for a fee that was reported to be in the region of £6 million, with the move coming after he had racked up 16 goals and seven assists for his previous club Slavia Prague.
This season the 20-year-old forward has played just four times for the Potters so far.
In truth this is something that no one can really predict as Brighton hold all of the power over where Sima plays his football moving forwards.
He is settling in at Stoke and it would perhaps have a negative effect on him if he was forced to return to the AMEX Stadium earlier than expected.
However when you take into account how much was paid for the player, it would be fair to suggest that he should be involved in the first team on the South Coast.
For now though, the attacker must focus on establishing himself as a regular under Michael O’Neill after only making a small handful of appearances to date.