Brighton will look at the progress of their loan army in January before deciding their futures - but believe they have ‘pitched the players at the right level’.

Rovers signed Jan Paul van Hecke and Reda Khadra on loan from the Premier League side in August, agreeing season-long stays with the ability to review them in the New Year.

The pair have had a mixed time at Ewood Park so far, though the Seagulls' pathway development manager David Weir says game-time isn’t always a deciding factor on whether a loan move.

Indeed, he believes their players having to compete to get into their respective starting line-ups is a big plus.

Khadra scored on his first start for Rovers against Sheffield United last time out, the 20-year-old having played only 15 minutes of the previous five matches because of struggles with illness.

Dutchman van Hecke was suspended for that victory following his red card against Fulham and will have to sit out the games with Bristol City and Peterborough United before being able to return to the fold.

Rovers’ four loan players will have their spells assessed in January, but Weir says Brighton will take a ‘big picture’ view with Khadra and van Hecke.

He said: “We always look at the bigger picture and how the loans look after a period of time. We support them through the process and we will have a closer look at how they’re getting on in January, and again at the end of the season.

“We’re happy with how it’s going, we believe we’ve pitched the players at the right level. There’s still work to be done obviously, but overall we’ve had a good start to the season.”

Khadra put in an impressive cameo appearance on his debut against Hull City in September and came off the bench in the next four Championship fixtures.

He has struggled since to break into Tony Mowbray’s preferred front three however, with Leeds United’s Ian Poveda suffering a different fate before both starred in the Blades win.

Whereas Khadra had made one substitute appearance for Brighton, van Hecke is yet to feature for the club having been loaned out ever since his signing from NAC Breda last summer.

The 21-year-old has played 351 minutes, to Khadra’s 181, with starts against Coventry City, QPR, Derby County and Fulham, and then when replacing Daniel Ayala in the first half of the Reading win.

With Scott Wharton now back from injury he will face a challenge to win back his place once his suspension is served, but for Weir, he believes that is a big part of their development.

“Playing is the most important part, but it’s not all of it,” he explained.

“The players have got to be challenged, if they’re playing every minute of every game they’re probably at a club where they’re not at the right level, whereas if they’re at a club where they’re not playing every minute, they’ve got to be pushed, they’ve got to learn, that’s probably the right level.

“We don’t want it to be where they’re not playing at all, but it’s about getting that balance where they’ve got to work hard and adapt to get into the team.

“It’s about development on and off the field, it’s about growing up, being away from home and working with different coaches, about becoming better people as well as players.”