Moises Caicedo has been told he will benefit from a tough loan stint as he eyes Premier League action.

The recalled Ecuador international will be in Graham Potter’s squad to face Crystal Palace tonight (8pm).

He returns from Belgian League strugglers Beerschot with fellow midfielder Enock Mwepu set to miss four weeks due to a hamstring problem.

Caicedo played in two wins for rock bottom Beerschot and left after a 7-0 home defeat by Anderlecht.

But head coach Potter said all experience is precious for emerging talents such as the 20-year-old midfielder.

Potter told The Argus: “When we send people out on loan, it is not necessarily that you want a success story.

“You want an experience and sometimes that is a good one and sometimes it’s not a good one in terms of results.

“He is still playing, he is still contributing to the team.

“He is still suffering with the team, which is all vital experience to have in the development of a player and a person.

“You need that, it’s not just a smooth path up.

“You have to deal with some setbacks, you have to have some struggles.

“It has been good for him. He has a good experience there.


“He is thankful and grateful for the opportunity we gave him.

“Now he is back with us and he is looking forward to be able to contributing to our group.”

Yves Bissouma is missing from midfield tonight with stand-in skipper Adam Lallana expected to return in a role just ahead of the defence.