Further details emerge on Reda Khadra’s loan deal between Brighton and Sheffield United

The potential permanent transfer of Reda Khadra, on loan from Sheffield United, from Brighton and Hove Albion depends on both promotion and the number of appearances he makes, according to Yorkshire Live journalist Nathan Hemmingham.

The German striker hasn’t had the best start to life at Bramall Lane after a reasonably successful spell at league rivals Blackburn Rovers last season, scoring just once in 12 competitive appearances during the 2022 campaign /23 so far.

That stoppage-time winner against Swansea City in mid-September seemed to be the catalyst for a brighter spell of form for South Yorkshire – but he has failed to make his mark since, with his game time being limit.

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He was even taken off in the first half against Bristol City in midweek – a real blow for the player and Brighton who will be keen to see him flourish during his temporary stay away from the Amex Stadium.

With that, it is currently unclear whether he will be a Sheffield United player beyond this season with his potentially limited playing time if he fails to increase his performance levels and the majority of the squad. first can stay in shape and shoot.

According to journalist Hemmingham, whether he moves to Bramall Lane permanently includes many clauses, some of which could mean he doesn’t have to move to South Yorkshire. The number of appearances he makes is one such clause.

The verdict:

He hasn’t started since moving to South Yorkshire and that’s one of the reasons the Blades and the player may not want this deal to become permanent at the end of the campaign.

In fairness, he might not take up a huge chunk of their transfer budget if they get promoted, but if he won’t be a key part of Paul Heckingbottom’s first-team plans, then a deal at more long term would be a waste of time.

This may suit Brighton more as they may wish to offload him – but Khadra is unlikely to benefit from the move as he is struggling to thrive in the second tier at this stage.

If he doesn’t increase his performance levels, another second-tier loan could be on the horizon, whether or not he seals a permanent move to the Blades.

The fact that there is a break clause in January could be a much-needed escape route for the 21-year-old – but he still has plenty of time to make an impact at Bramall Lane and that’s why he shouldn’t not be struck off. Again.

Leslie M. Gill