Albion's first team find Adam El-Abd is in line for his home League debut after impressing manager Mark McGhee.

The rookie defender is poised to retain the rightback role against mid-table Wrexham at Withdean on Saturday.

El-Abd has forced his way into the reckoning in McGhee's first month in charge.

The 19-year-old from Brighton was handed his senior debut as a central defender in the LDV Vans Trophy against Boston.

El-Abd made his first League appearance at rightback in place of fellow youth team product Adam Hinshelwood in last Saturday's 2-1 win at Notts County.

He conceded a controversial penalty but set up Leon Knight's clinching second goal shortly afterwards.

McGhee said: "I just look at what I see and what I see is a player that looks good enough to be in the team.

"That is why he got his chance. I hope it demonstrates to others that they will get a chance as well if they show the right things. The fact he hadn't played before was irrelevant to me.

"I haven't seen the penalty again, so I can't say much about it. In fact, I thought it was Danny Cullip who was involved, so that shows you my eyes are not the best!

"But generally the boy had a good game. He was very solid, everything I thought he might be.

"I wasn't disappointed with his performance and I thought him and John Piercy helped each other well on the right hand side. They really were a pair and worked well together."

Piercy is expected to keep his place ahead of Gary Hart, who is available again after a one-match ban.

Meanwhile, McGhee has revealed he was headhunted by a top German club within days of taking charge of the Seagulls.

"The first week I was here, after the Peterborough game, I had an inquiry from a club in the Bundesliga, but I had already taken the job here and they weren't aware of that," he said.

"It was done and dusted, I was here and that was the end of it."

McGhee played for Hamburg and still has strong links with Germany.

One of his closest friends is former team-mate Felix Magath, the manager of Stuttgart whose side beat Rangers 1-0 in the Champions League last night.