Versatile Gross working hard for regular role

After playing a variety of roles for Albion so far this season, Pascal Gross highlighted the versatility he can offer to the team, and stressed how hard he is working to cement his place in the starting line-up.

By Kieran Cleeves • 11 September 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross applauds Albion's fans at the Etihad Stadium before the international break

The German started the season on the right-hand side of Albion’s front three at Vicarage Road, before taking up central roles against Southampton, and also Bristol Rovers in the Carabao Cup.

But after coming off the bench in Albion’s last two Premier League fixtures, Gross is determined to make his mark on the team, no matter where he plays on the pitch.

He said, “I can play in different positions, so it doesn’t really matter what shape we’re playing. Whether it’s number eight, number ten, on the left or on the right, I’m happy to play there.

“Because we have a back five with high full-backs, it’s not the typical role of a winger. I can get in the pockets of space where I feel comfortable and use my strengths.

“It’s a little bit different for me, because over the past two years I’ve mainly played as a number ten or eight, but I’m trying to adapt and play the best I can wherever the boss wants me to play.

By Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross in action against West Ham at the Amex

“I want to train hard and show the boss that I want to play as often as possible. I always respect his decisions, but I’m always working to show him that I can help the team.”

Gross reflected on Albion’s four Premier League outings so far, and stressed the importance of improving both results and performances as the season progresses.

“We’re improving every day and we’ve had some good performances," he continued. "We played well against Watford away and also at home to West Ham.

“Before the red card against Southampton we played some really good football, and City was a different kind of game, but even against them we played some good football.

“We have to get results because this is the Premier League and it's tough, but we’re looking to improve both — playing well and also getting the points we need.”

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