Dutchman Jurgen Locadia appears to have developed a case of itchy feet at Brighton and Hove Albion and the 25-year-old former PSV Eindhoven attacker has thrown in his own future at the Amex Stadium into doubt in a recent interview.
Having come in for a reported £14million back in the January transfer window, he did arrive with a knock that kept him out for a few weeks, but he went on to make eight appearances across all competitions in 2017/18, returning two goals in his opening two matches.
He’s made nine appearances for manager Chris Hughton so far this term, but the vast majority have been from the substitutes bench and whilst plenty are still hopeful he’ll rediscover his scoring boots, there’s no question as to why Glenn Murray is ahead of him in the pecking order.
The player has claimed he hasn’t really been given the chance to ‘show what I am worth’ as he spoke to outlet De Telegraaf and whilst many will understand the point he’s making about game time, the bottom line is it’s over to him to take his chances when they come along and he hasn’t done that.
“I am now at an age that I have to play weekly. At Brighton, I do not feel that my situation will change quickly. In my opinion, I never had the chance to show what I am worth. I think winter is a good time to think if this is still good for me. I never had a real clear explanation as to why I do not play. The manager will find the other strikers better. I must, of course, respect that. But it is also my career, I cannot keep saying ‘yes and amen’. I train super hard, I am fit, but I especially have to show it in 10 minutes of inclusion. That is really difficult.”
Some deals just don’t work out despite the best of intentions.