Date: 19th September 2017 at 7:46am
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Manager Chris Hughton has admitted he has some selection dilemmas ahead of tonight’s EFL Cup tie against Bournemouth.

Facing Eddie Howe’s side for the second time in a week following the two one Premier League defeat, it’s not so much revenge that’s on Hughton’s mind, it’s how to balance our squad depth and keep everyone happy as the Cups this season, aren’t to be fair, our greatest priority.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media for his pre game press conference, Hughton explained that with some injuries to factor in, the game is of course a chance for others to stake their claim.

‘In some cases it has to be that way, using the squad. We have a good squad, but we`re a touch lighter in some areas with Steve Sidwell and Beram Kayal missing in that midfield area. With Izzy Brown, who`s back in training, and Sam Baldock, we don`t quite have the options we`d like in the forward areas. There are areas where we`ve got to be mindful, but it`s also a good opportunity for those that have trained really well, as they’ve been pushing to get a chance.”‘

Summer and record signing Jose Izquierdo could be in line for his starting debut following the two substitute showings he’s made so far.

‘From Jose Izquierdo`s point of view, what we`ve had in Solly March and Anthony Knockaert is a good level of performance. It was a tough night for Anthony Knockaert. Charlie Daniels has really developed as a player and made it very difficult on that flank. But their form has been generally quite good, so the desperate need to put him straight in hasn’t been there. He`s predominantly been a right-footed player that`s played on the left. He can play in other positions, but he`s probably like Solly March, who can play on either flank and can play off the front too. But we`d always see Solly as a wide player, and that`s predominately what we brought him (Izquierdo) in for, and that`s where I see him playing more.’

Connor Goldson could also feature having not quite got his loan spell over the line in the window.

‘From the possibility of Connor Goldson going on loan, it was very much from both sides, as we wanted him to go on loan as well, because he`d missed, in effect, the whole of last season. It was disappointing for him, but as with most players that end up not going, they get on with it. Once that deadline has gone, they have no choice but to get on with it. I have to say, Connor has been very good and he`s now pushing for a first-team place. I`ve opted for Uwe Huenemeier on the bench on most occasions, but they`re both pushing.’

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