Potter: Danny proving doubters wrong

Striker has hit the ground running with Albion.

By Charlie Hanson • 03 December 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Danny Welbeck has played the full 90 minutes in his last two outings for Albion.

Danny Welbeck is reaping the rewards of taking up the 'challenge' of signing for Albion, according to Graham Potter.

“Danny has a lot to prove. It's no secret he could have taken a different decision than to come to Brighton that would have been slightly easier for him.

“But he wanted to take the challenge of proving himself in the Premier League and taking an opportunity at a club like us. That says a lot about him.

“That's where he's at, he doesn't want to hang up his boots or feel like he's on the way down. He’s got a lot to offer still and we see that every day in training. Since he’s come in, he’s been fantastic.

By Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk celebrates with Danny Welbeck after putting Albion in front at Villa Park.

“It looks like he's enjoying his football, he wants to play, to score, to help the team. It's our job to keep that going.”

Despite not having any team training prior to his arrival in October, the 30-year-old joined in peak condition.

"It's a credit to Danny, because he's got himself into a really good physical condition because he conducts himself well as a professional.

"He played the back end of the lockdown season with Watford, did well and kept himself fit. He was unfortunate, because he couldn't train with the team at the start of this season so that was the only thing he really missed.

"He's done a lot of work from a physical fitness perspective, but just not any football fitness. So you've just got to balance between training to get that football fitness going and at the same time keep him fresh enough to be able to play on a Saturday, because you can make the mistake of doing too much in the week and that can cause him a problem at the weekend.

"The most important thing is can he build his fitness in the games and in training by finding the right balance.”


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