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Zamora's praise for young guns

Bobby Zamora has praised Graham Potter for giving Albion’s young players a chance to prove themselves in the Premier League so far this season.

By James Hilsum • 17 October 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
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Potter has handed both Aaron Connolly and Steven Alzate their debuts in the first few weeks of the season, and Zamora is encouraged that the club’s academy players are being given a pathway into the first team.

He said, “The change in the style of play is already very evident, it’s more attacking and it’s great to see - I’ve been pleased with the matches I’ve watched.

“Graham is happy to take a punt on the young kids, which is fantastic and he has put them on the big stage.

“Those guys are producing the goods and showing what they can do. That’s great for the young lads, because they need a chance to impress in the first place.”

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Connolly has rapidly risen to prominence for both club and country in recent weeks, and the former Seagulls frontman hopes the youngster will stay grounded and savour every moment of playing at the highest level.

“I spoke to Bruno last year after he had played in a couple of reserve team games. We were talking about how well the young lads were doing and he mentioned Aaron then," he revealed. 

“As a striker, you just want to get that first goal as soon as possible, so to get a double and help the club win a truly memorable game in the Premier League is fantastic.

“He’s got an Ireland call-up now as well, which is great. Hopefully he can keep his feet on the ground, and he’ll have a good future ahead of him.

“In this day and age, it’s very different to when I was coming through, he should just enjoy what’s happening to him and focus on his game.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Bobby is still in regular contact with Bruno.

Zamora revealed that he still keeps in contact with many people at the Albion, and praised the decision to employ former players in various different roles at the club.

“I still speak to the doctor, Steve Lewis, as well as Bruno, Crofty [Andrew Crofts] and Steve Sidwell on a regular basis.

“I’m down at the Amex now and then, and I don’t want to be too nosy, but I still want to know what’s going on! It’s a fine line for me, but I love to have that contact with the team and the players that are still there.

“It’s good that they’re giving opportunities to the likes of Steve Sidwell and Crofty in the club, as well as Danny Cullip and Guy Butters in the community side of things too.

“It’s great to see those players and staff enjoying being at the football club and to see it all heading in the right direction.”

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