Brighton and Hove Albion will be playing in the Premier League next year – but Richie Towell will be remaining in the Championship.
Seagulls manager Chris Hughton confirmed that the Irish midfielder will be going out on loan next season in an effort for him to receive more first-team football.
With the step-up in quality to the top division, Brighton were always going to look to strengthen the squad and fringe players like Towell are normally the first casualties of a squad renovation.
Speaking to local Brighton publication the Argus, Hughton outlined his initial transfer plans as well as his intention to remove the 25-year-old from the squad temporarily:
“Yes, [we’re looking for] a number ten.
“We’ve got players that can play that role – Solly March or Skalak or Jamie Murphy – but we don’t have a specific number ten.”
Towell (who, incidentally, could also play in that number ten) will, however, be remaining in the Championship along with Rohan Ince:
“Players like Rohan and Richie will go out on loan.
“We have been really delighted with Richie but we are very keen for him to get out on loan to the Championship next season.”
Towell has endured a frustrating spell at the Amex since joining from Dundalk 18 months ago. Despite Hughton’s regular praise of the former Celtic man, Towell’s senior match time at the club has been minimal. He started twice in the side’s brief FA Cup run earlier this season, but in terms of league action, six minutes against Rotherham (in addition to the 40 minutes he played in last season’s Championship playoff semi-final) have been the sum total of his involvement.
Nonetheless, he is still likely to have suitors from England’s second tier as he looks to rejuvenate his career.
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