Graham Potter is keen to keep his hands on Danny Welbeck, but says Brighton will wait until summer to sort out the forward’s future in form.
Former England international Welbeck, whose contract expires in June, has contributed two goals and an assist in his last three outings for Brighton.
The 30-year-old has missed part of the campaign with a knee injury, but his overall impact since arriving as a free agent in October has impressed Seagulls boss Potter.
When asked if he was eager to extend Welbeck’s stay at Amex Stadium, Potter replied, “Yeah. I think Danny has been really, really good to us.
“Frustrated to lose him in the middle of the season, but regardless he has been fantastic in the squad.
“He has the respect of everyone at the club and if you look at his goals when he was on the pitch, his feedback has been really positive.
“I think he’s a player that we will of course sit down with at the end of the season and find the right solution for everyone.
“It’s like that, I think that’s how we always thought of it. But I was really happy with Danny.”
Welbeck opened the scoring in last weekend’s 2-1 loss to ex-club Manchester United to continue his strike in the 3-0 win over Newcastle and participate in the 2-1 success at Southampton ahead of the truce international.
He is set to make a fourth consecutive Premier League start when the Seagulls host Everton on Monday night, live on Sky Sports.
Brighton, who are six points clear of the relegation zone, could have a double defensive boost for the Toffees clash from Carlo Ancelotti, with Adam Webster and Dan Burn in contention to come back from injury.
Webster hasn’t played for more than two months due to an ankle problem, while Burn has missed the last two games with a tight tendon.
The duo have returned to training and will be evaluated, Potter keen to eradicate the feeling of “vulnerability” at the back due to a lack of numbers.
“It’s good to have Dan and Adam back. We’ll see how they react, there are still a few practice sessions and Adam has been out for a while, so we just need to see how he reacts to everything, Potter said.
“For the last two or three games we’ve worked with three fit defenders, so you’re a little worried if you get injured, you’re a little light and you feel a little vulnerable.
“It adds competition, it adds options, it adds different ways of approaching games and I think that’s what we need over the next eight games.”
Florin Andone, who suffered a serious knee injury on loan at Galatasaray last season, is also back in training.
Potter says the Romanian striker could feature before the end of the season.
“He should be spending some time on the court with the Under-23s in the next few days or so and from there we just need to take the right steps to get him in shape,” Potter added.
“He’s been out for almost nine months now, so it’s not that easy to jump straight into a Premier League game.
“But the goal is to level it up, to give it time for the game, to continue to develop and who knows?”