We've got good squad depth, says Potter

Head coach pleased with players who came in against Arsenal.

By Bruce Talbot • 31 December 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter is expecting Adam Lallana to be back in match action soon.

Graham Potter says the performances of the six players he brought in were one of the positives from Tuesday's narrow defeat to Arsenal.

For their second match in two days, the head coach gave Davy Propper, Bernardo and Alexis Mac Allister their first league starts of the season and Alireza Jahanbakhsh his second.

“I thought the guys that came in did well, there were a lot of strong performances from them.

By Paul Hazlewood
Alireza Jahanbakhsh went close on a couple of occasions to scoring against the Gunners.

“Ali and Alexis had been pushing to play so it felt like a good opportunity to use those guys.

“Normally, two days after a game is about rest and recovery. This was the one week of the year when that is not the case.

“So with Neal Maupay and Leo Trossard we were able to save their workload and of course we brought Neal on at the back end of the game.”

Potter is hoping to have Adam Lallana back for Saturday's Amex date against Wolves, after he missed the Arsenal match with a groin problem.

“It is not as bad as we first thought, he has an outside chance of playing against Wolves,” said Potter. “Tariq [Lamptey] probably won’t be involved, but he is not far away which is also good news.

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam Lallana was substituted at half-time against West Ham.

“Danny Welbeck felt the side of his knee after West Ham. He was okay for the bench on Tuesday, but I decided to be safe with him. We just need to try and get Adam and Tariq back as quickly and safely as we can.

“It's clear Tariq is a miss, he gives us a different dimension, but during the season players will all have injuries. We have a squad and have to get on with it.”

One player who again impressed against the Gunners was midfielder Yves Bissouma who has been producing consistently good displays this season.

“It was another strong performance from him,” said Potter. “There were a lot of really good players on the pitch but I thought he was as good as anybody.”