Chris Hughton confirmed Brighton & Hove Albion have already begun their search for new faces and says he is hoping for a summer full of transfer activity.
Speaking after the Seagulls ended their season with a 0-0 draw at Middlesbrough, Albion’s manager was focused on strengthening his squad during the off-season.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “We have a lot of work to do in the summer although the work started quite some time ago as our recruitment department never stops.
“Of course as soon as you’re secure in a division you can start making that work more meaningful and I’m hoping we can have a busy summer - but that’s not always easy.
“There have been aspects of our game that have been good and generally our games have been reasonably tight, but we’ve got to add to our squad.
“We particularly need an offensive edge that’s going to allow us to create more chances and score more goals.
“That is the priority and I don’t think that would come as a surprise to anybody.
“Plus, at this particular moment, all five loan players go back to their respective clubs. We have to look at the options that we’ve got, but I’d like to think the players that have come in have put enough in my mind to become a part of the options that we have.”
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Meanwhile, after selecting Christian Walton in goal for the game at the Riverside Stadium, Hughton admitted he had sought an opportunity to give the 19-year-old keeper some playing time before the trip to Teesside.
“I wanted to play him but I actually felt a little bit more under pressure in the last game against Watford where I thought about playing him, but with teams pushing to get those final promotion places I felt I generally had to go with the side that’s been our strongest team.
“I think today where there was a little bit of pressure off, even though you have Middlesbrough and Norwich fighting for positions – their play-off places were secure – so I felt more comfortable doing it today and I thought he did very well.”
16-year-old James Tilley was a surprise inclusion in the matchday squad, and the youngster was briefly brought on by Hughton to make his Albion debut in injury time.
“One thing I wanted to do was to get a result and if I had perhaps brought him on earlier and you end up losing the game then that wouldn't be a good feeling for the lad.
“But he will cherish the occasion today and he’s a young player that we hope will be a bright prospect.”