For Viktor Gyökeres, staying at Brighton & Hove Albion this season wasn’t really a possibility, as Graham Potter wasn’t going to use him regularly.
That’s why a loan to St Pauli in the 2. Bundesliga was organised, where the Swedish forward managed to get a decent amount of game time, or at least more than he would have at the Amex Stadium.
The 22-year-old made 28 appearances in all competitions, scored six goals and assisted another four, and with the German domestic season now over, it’s time for a holiday.
His loan with the 2. Bundesliga side ends on Tuesday, meaning he will technically be a Brighton player once again, where he hopes to be playing next season.
Speaking to Fotbollskanalen in his home country, Gyökeres said: “It’s a priority, since it’s the club I belong to right now. It’s a good club playing in the Premier League, so it’s clear you’re aiming for it, but we’ll see what happens. Otherwise, you can take it from there. Right now, I don’t know what will happen next season.
“But you can see what alternatives there are if I’m not in Brighton. I hope to be there. I’m not thinking about it right now or talking to my agent. Right now, I have a little vacation from everything and then I’ll be ready for next season”.
Gyökeres also explained he hadn’t really talked with the Seagulls about his future as of yet, but he knew that was because their focus is elsewhere at the moment.
With seven games to play, Brighton sit 15th in the league, with a six point gap between them and Bournemouth, who are 18th on goal difference.
As for what Potter wants to do with Gyökeres, the player hasn’t been told anything: “You have to ask that to the coach. I don’t really know what they are thinking. It’s hard for me to say”.