The consensus at Luton Town seems to be that their squad will be all the poor for losing Rhys Norrington-Davies.
He has been catching the eye under Nathan Jones in the first half of the season, moving between wing-back and full-back, with the ability to slot in as left-sided centre-half too.
And he would help to add a lot more balance to Michael O’Neill’s squad, particularly in the absence through hamstring injury of Morgan Fox.
Luton fans were not impressed when their club confirmed their side of the development.
One replied: “When I hear the words Stoke and January I shudder.”
A second said: “Outrageous if they are going to send him straight out on loan to Stoke. If they need him in their own team (and they do) fair enough I guess. Must be something more to this.”
Another said: “Very disappointing news as he’s a great player. Thoroughly enjoyed watching his performances in a Town shirt. No way he won’t make it in the Premier League. Not massively fussed as I’m a big fan of Pottsy.”
One said: “He’s been very good. Doesn’t faff about crossing – whips it in – a touch of the James Justin about him.”
Another said: “Very bright future ahead both domestically and internationally. Been an absolute pleasure to watch in a Luton Town shirt, bought into everything we did and a big part of what we have achieved this season. You will be missed.”
“Fantastic performances for us Rhys! All the best wherever you end up,” said another.
One said: “To be fair Potts has started the last few Championship games at left-back. Good player though and shame to see him go.”
Over on Facebook, Luton received a flood of feedback.
Ben HIll: Massive loss but was always going to happen. Way too good for the Championship. Great player.
Richie Nic: Sheffield United probably realise he will improve their team. Can’t blame them to be honest.
Mark Hillyard: He has most probably been our player of the season so far. Sad loss.
Gav Carr: This is not the news we wanted. What a great addition he was to us. Thank you RND, you’re welcome back anytime.