So will Andi Zeqiri be involved at Crystal Palace?

That is the question that was asked by a Swiss football reporter yesterday afternoon.

Graham Potter had just given his press conference in the run-up to the Selhurst Park trip.

His answer about Zeqiri was predictably upbeat but also non-committal.

The Swiss-Kosovan has been banging in goals while Albion’s array of internationals did their stuff for their countries.

He now has nine in the qualifying campaign for next year’s European Under-21 Championship finals after two in two for Switzerland recently.

That international duty meant it was a flying visit for the French-speaking forward after signing a four-year deal with the Seagulls.

Although he is reported to be seeking to play for Kosovo, he has come through the age groups with the Swiss.

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The striker signed up from Lausanne Sports.

So what happens now as Albion, probably without Alireza Jahanbakhsh and possibly missing Aaron Connolly, go up the A23?

Potter said: “Andi is a young player who has had some good experience.

“He has been away on international duty so he has arrived and gone away again.

“Like all players, it’s important we help him settle into the club, settle into the country, work out his team-mates. But he is here with us, he is ambitious.”

The obvious answer to what happens with Zeqiri might be found in looking back to early this year.

The Argus:

Both Alexis Mac Allister and Tariq Lamptey (pictured above before the Crystal Palace game on Feburary 29) initially spent matchdays with the squad but without making the final 18.

Mac Allister travelled to Bramall Lane and watched the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United soon after completing his move to England.

Lamptey was never even on the bench until lockdown but that changed when action resumed with seven subs per team.

Both he and Mac Allister had trained with the squad and spent time with them but had to wait for their chance to shine.

Might that be the same for Zeqiri, who faces a big step-up from the Swiss second tier?

Potter said: “I’m open-minded with it, a bit like I was with Tariq. You have to be.

“No one could have thought he would have arrived and had the impact he has had.

“I’m open-minded with and I’m looking forward to working with him, looking forward to working with him more and more “I think he’s an exciting play er.”

Zeqiri scored the second goal in the 3-0 win over Liechtenstein this week which secured Switzerland under-21s qualification to the finals.

That followed his penalty conversion in a 3-0 win in Georgia last week.

Zeqiri’s tally leaves him one behind England’s Eddie Nketiah and Dutch striker Dani De Wit with two rounds of qualifying fixtures to go.

There is the less likely option of leaving him with the under-23s, who host Liverpool in the league tomorrow.

Potter would have loved to have had more time with his squad but is understanding of international commitments.

He said: “It’s not ideal but I’m sure Roy (Hodgson, Palace boss) will have the same issues.

“We all have the same problems. It’s just part of the challenge of the Premier League, it’s part of the challenge working with players that have the capacity to go and play for their countries.

“You want to support that.

“Of course for their careers it’s great, and their families it’s really positive for them to play for the national team.

“But of course it means we can’t work with them. We know that before the season starts so it’s nothing to complain about.”