Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised the versatility of Jurgen Locadia when he met the media yesterday morning.
The Dutch striker found the net in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Amex Stadium, notching his first goal of the campaign, and the boss praised the attributes of the forward ahead of this afternoon’s game with Everton.
He said, “Jurgen’s flexibility is important for us, one thing he has is a lot of scope in the way he plays.
“We’ve used 4-3-3 more often of late than in the past and Jurgen is one who’s used to the system from his previous club. He can play on either flank or down the middle, we’ve always felt he was an important member of the squad.
“Sometimes circumstances around the squad, such as the form of other players, can make it more difficult for him, but to us he’s always been important to the team.”
Either David Button or Jason Steele will line-up in between the sticks for the home side today due to the absence of Maty Ryan, and Hughton insisted that whoever fills the void left by the Australian has a great opportunity to seize over the coming weeks.
“We don’t know how difficult Maty will be to replace over the next few weeks – whoever comes in for that period of time can only be judged on how they do.
“We have good competition, Maty has done great for us and that showed against Arsenal – we got the result because of two brilliant saves from him.
“We’re forced into this situation but it’s an opportunity for someone else, whoever plays in this period of time will have a good opportunity to show what they can do, and I know myself who’ll play against Everton.”
Another face who the Seagulls will be able to welcome into the fold over the coming months is defender Dan Burn – signed in the summer from Wigan Athletic.
The centre half has played the first period of the 2018/19 campaign with the Latics, but the manager revealed that he’s set to return to the south coast in the near future.
“Dan Burn will be with us from next month and he’s done very well – after his injury he got back into the side and back up to speed - that’s normal progression but he’ll be here from Monday [31st December].
“We’ll then have the possibility of a couple of the under-23 faces going out on loan, and once Dan is back here then someone like Ben White could be one of those.
“We continue to make these decisions and sometimes things can change – but we always protect what we have here first. I’m quite sure there will be two or three that go out on loan – it’s based on what we need and whether we feel we need them around the place.
“Sometimes that can be looking after ourselves, because we’re aware that at the end of January we can’t bring anyone else in.”