No chance Brighton sign Wolves winger Van La Parra now

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Rajiv van la Parra made an instant impression on his return to Wolves.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has told the club's website he was thrilled with Rajiv van la Parra's performance on his return to the club.

The winger struggled to make an impact last season and early on this campaign, and after being linked with an exit in the summer, he ended up going out on loan to Brighton and Hove Albion.

With the high flying Seagulls he really found form, scoring twice in six games and looking like he belonged at Championship level.

Wolves wisely decided to bring him back into the fold after that spell expired, and La Parra featured against West Ham in the FA Cup at the weekend, a narrow defeat, and the 3-2 win over Fulham on Tuesday, in which he provided an assist and combined well with Michal Zyro.

Brighton can pretty much forget about getting him back, because Wolves are delighted with his impact, and believe he has an important role to play for a side re-adjusting after selling top goalscorer Benik Afobe.

Jackett said: "I felt that we’ve lost some pace along our front line and Rajiv has that and it’s a reason for bringing him back in to the group.

“He did well at Brighton and I knew that against Fulham, tactically I could play either system – 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 - with Rajiv on the pitch and be able to switch from one to the other. That was the advantage.

“He showed how much he wanted to play for Wolves. And the crowd responded to him, and if he keeps showing that work rate and desire, everyone will follow up on him."

While Wolves are back into the Championship top 10, Brighton are suddenly struggling. Automatic promotion hopes suddenly seem optimistic amid a run of seven games without a win, and three consecutive defeats. They remain in the play-off spots, in sixth position, seven points above Wolves.

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