Brighton manager Graham Potter has warned that the club must protect Aaron Connolly following a whirlwind couple of weeks for the 19-year-old striker.
Connolly bagged a brace on his first Premier League start against Tottenham two weeks ago which earned him a call-up to the Irish senior squad.
The Galway native came on as a substitute against Georgia before making his full debut in the disappointing defeat to Switzerland in Geneva.
Connolly will return to Premier League action this weekend when The Seagulls take on Aston Villa, and Brighton manager Graham Potter outlined that despite his rapid rise, the club must do all they can to protect their talented young striker.
“He’s had quite a couple of weeks, hasn’t he? We have to look after him, make sure that he has a long successful career,” said Potter ahead of their game with Villa.
“But he was great in the (Spurs) game for us, not just his goals, I thought his overall contribution to the team was really good, pressed well, defended well.
“And then just for him to get that international debut, it’s fantastic for him – disappointed obviously for him and the Irish boys that the result wasn’t what they wanted.
“But that’s part of life as well, he has to deal with that and it’s now case of recovering him and seeing how he is for the weekend.”
Connolly’s rise this season has been an extremely quick one following his first start for the club in August against Bristol Rovers before his Premier League debut against Manchester City just four days later.
The striker impressed in his cameo against Georgia and despite a frustrating night in Switzerland could be vital for Ireland in their crunch qualifier with Denmark next month.
His involvement though will likely come down to whether he or not he continues to get regular game time at the Amex Stadium between now and November.