Motherwell manager Stuart Kettlewell is facing an unexpected development in his transfer window plans as loan striker Mika Biereth has been recalled by Arsenal.
The Danish Under-21 international, Mika Biereth, who was Motherwell’s top goalscorer, is expected to go on loan to another club, potentially Sheffield Wednesday.
Biereth contributed six goals and five assists in 11 cinch Premiership starts and three substitute appearances during his time at Motherwell, despite being hampered by a knee injury.
Kettlewell said: “Mika has been recalled. It’s been a difficult one for us over the last 24 hours. It’s a major, major disappointment.
“This was a little bit unexpected. The conversation was that Mika would stay here until the end of the season just last week, unless something really big came on the table for Arsenal that they couldn’t turn down.
“They believe there’s an opportunity to send him to another club that takes him that step beyond where we are just now.
“There’s been a huge thank you from Arsenal on how we have handled the player and the strides he has made over the last five months. We loved working with him, we loved having him in the group but the situation is out of our control.”
Mika Biereth likely to join Sheffield Wednesday
Motherwell manager Stuart Kettlewell is dealing with further setbacks in the transfer window after losing loan striker Mika Biereth, who was recalled by Arsenal.
This development comes shortly after the loss of midfielder Callum Slattery for the rest of the season due to a knee injury sustained in training. Kettlewell acknowledged that these injuries have significantly impacted his plans for the January transfer window.
“Callum has played almost every minute and been a huge player for us,” he added.
“I think for the first seven or eight games of the season Callum Slattery was right up there in the top performers in the division. He has been good in a lot of other games as well.
“That injury was a huge blow for me, especially for Callum, and the club. It starts to point you in different directions and you start to have a look at different types of players that we probably didn’t think we were going to need.
“So that makes it a big challenge because you are another starter down but we are not able to magic up more funds to replace that.”