Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen has insisted he made the right move this summer when he joined from Ajax.
The youngster arrived at the Amex in a £4.5m deal from the Dutch giants, with Graham Potter looking for competition for Roberto Sanchez after Mat Ryan left the club.
He’s yet to feature for the club in the Premier League but has been playing in Premier League 2 instead.
His lack of appearances have largely been due to injury issues, with ankle problems meaning Graham Potter has not been able to call on him so far.
Things could have been very different had he stayed in the Netherlands, with an injury to Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg opening up a space at the club.
That’s a gap Scherpen could have filled had he not joined Brighton, a decision it would be easy to see him regretting at this point.
He insists that isn’t the case, though, as Ajax had already made their plans for him clear regardless.
“If I had stayed at Ajax, we would have looked for a rental period,” he told ESPN Netherlands, relayed by Ajax Showtime.
“I am very sorry for Stekelenburg, but I would have been rented out.
“(I’ve had) a false start. Luckily the recovery was quicker than expected, and I was fit in time to be back here this international break.
“Fortunately, Joël (Veltman) is also there, so you have a connection. Besides Joël, Brighton is a warm club with good people who are willing to help.”