Potter: Connolly showing real maturity

Head coach impressed with striker’s development this season.

By Charlie Hanson • 02 October 2020

By Craig Doyle
Aaron Connolly puts Albion 3-0 up at St James' Park.

Graham Potter has been impressed by the continued development of striker Aaron Connolly.

The 20-year-old striker has started two out of Albion’s three Premier League matches this season, opening his account for the campaign with the third goal in the 3-0 win against Newcastle United.

By James Boardman
Connolly has been a good outlet for Albion so far this season.

“I’m happy with his progress. I think since his injury last season and lockdown we have seen a real development and maturity from him. Every game he plays and every day he trains will be good for him.

“It’s important for us to help him understand and evaluate the experiences he is having. But he has got qualities and attributes at the level and he has just got to keep going and helping the team.

“When he plays and wants to help the team he is really effective. He knows his role and I thought he was really good against Newcastle in terms of stretching the back line of their defence which then opened up space for others.

By Craig Doyle
Graham Potter was impressed by Aaron Connolly's performance at Newcastle.

“He takes the fight and the contact against them. I think he presses well and then you saw with his goal what he can do. If he gets people lined up in that situation he is a really good finisher.

“Overall, step by step, he is making progress. He still got a long way to go and plenty to do which is exciting for him and for us. We just need to carry on helping him.”