Dale Stephens is enjoying adapting to Graham Potter’s football philosophy and says even at 30 you’re never too old to learn.
“It’s something I’ve not had much experience of in my career,” says Stephens of the possession-based game Albion’s head coach has instigated since he arrived last May.
“As a player you are always learning and at 30 I am learning now under the influence of Graham and really enjoying it.
“The way he’s changed the philosophy in terms of the way we play has been really interesting. It’s not what you might call ‘total football’ but he likes us to play and we all think it’s a winning formula.
“We’re trying to change the mindset from not just trying to stay in the Premier League but also to compete, particularly this season.
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“We’ll be trying to finish the season as strongly as possible if we do get back, even if it’s behind closed doors. We know how tough it is to win games in this division but one we have to relish.”
It’s not the only thing Stephens has had to adapt to with football in lockdown for more than six weeks and every likelihood that if the Premier League season does resume it will be behind closed doors.
“Training has been okay. We’re fortunate to have what we need delivered by the club in terms of equipment so no excuses, we’re still doing the training and seeing each other on Zoom sessions during the week.
"It has been difficult not leaving the house much, but I have enjoyed spending time with my family. I have been helping to home-school my three children which has been stressful at times but also different!"