Brighton’s Jan Paul van Hecke will not join Sunderland

Jan Paul van Hecke could play a role for Albion in the Premier League season.

The Dutch defender now appears to be staying with the Seagulls rather than being loaned to Sunderland.

That should remain the case even if his former Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray takes over Wearside.

Van Hecke did a useful job as a very late substitute at home against Leeds as the visitors threw the ball and players forward, desperate to equalize.

But head coach Graham Potter said: “It’s not just about that.

“That’s the role he played over the weekend.

“That’s not to say he can’t move on sooner or play from the start.

“He must have patience. He knows the quality of the players we have in those areas.

“But as he’s progressing in the Premier League, it’s hard for us to say, ‘Okay, there’s a better option elsewhere.’

“We’ll be monitoring it constantly, but by November there’s a good chance he can help us, there’s a good chance he’s on the pitch.

“And that’s good for him in the Premier League.”

Van Hecke impressed in the Carabao Cup tie at Forest Green.

At the time he looked like he was moving to Sunderland.

Her boss Alex Neil moved on to Stoke City at the weekend.

Van Hecke enjoyed great success with his likely successor Mowbray during his loan spell at Championship hotshots Blackburn last season.

But his focus now is on making a prem impact.

Potter said, “No, it’s more what he did to us.

“We have always been impressed by him, how he is with us day in and day out.

“He helped us against Leeds and it’s a big moment for him to be on the pitch in the Premier League. “A good opportunity for him and now we will continue to see him.”

Albion also have Levi Colwill, on loan from Chelsea, in their defensive ranks and he has helped deliver victories against Manchester United and Leeds.

Fellow defender Ed Turns could be brought on loan as summer deals come to an end this week.

The Mid Sussex centre-back impressed alongside Colwill and van Hecke in a three-pointer at Forest Green. Brighton’s Jan Paul van Hecke will not join Sunderland

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