Montoya feeling refreshed under Potter

Martin Montoya feels refreshed after starting a new chapter under Graham Potter, and says the whole squad should be impressed by their progress so far this season.

By James Hilsum • 15 November 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Martin Montoya

Montoya reflected on a steep learning curve during his first campaign in English football, but says he is currently thriving under Potter’s attacking style of play.

He said, “Personally speaking, the first season for a new player is always hard because it’s a new league, new climate, and a new language.

“This season we are playing good football, and have been getting wins too, which is important.

“The good thing is we are having the ball and creating chances. We play out from the back from the keeper, and we have lots of possession too.

“We are playing an attractive style of play, and it is maybe different to what people are used to.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Martin Montoya brings the ball under control.

The Spaniard spoke about the games he has played so far this season, and says he feels in good shape heading into the November international break.

“I am happy and I feel good physically with lots of desire to keep going and achieve something good.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Martin Montoya in action against Norwich City.

The defender then looked more in detail at the Norwich game, where he provided his first assist for the club by laying the ball on a plate for Leandro Trossard to break the deadlock in a 2-0 victory. Now the Spaniard is eager to go one better and score his first Albion goal.

“That was my first assist and I was happy to contribute. I don’t set targets for assists in a season – but I’d love to score a goal this season.

“I didn’t manage it last season but let’s see if it happens this year.”