Alexis Mac Allister believes the last 12 months have been crucial in helping his football and personal development and have contributed to impressive recent performances.
The midfielder has played a key role for Albion during the last three matches and spoke about how an eventful 12 months since he returned to the club from his loan spell with Boca Juniors has made him a better player.
He said, “At the beginning it was a bit difficult because I came here into a new country with a new language and then we had COVID.
“But everyone at the club was fantastic and helped me so much. I am so happy to be here and am trying to help the team and improve my language and football. I think I'm growing up a lot.”
Mac Allister had just made his debut in a 0-0 draw at Wolves in March when the pandemic brought last season to a halt.
“It was frustrating because I felt good at that time but I knew that I had to keep working hard because when we started again, I had to do my best.
“It was a fantastic year for me in many ways. I didn't play as much as I wanted but I have learnt so much and grown as a person and a footballer.”
Mac Allister started against Newport County, Manchester City and Leeds, setting up Neal Maupay in stylish fashion for the game's decisive goal at Elland Road last Saturday.
“I think the last two matches have really shown what I can do,” he added.
“I want to keep going now and get better. Hopefully we will have more wins and more good performances.
“I want to give more goals and assists to the team as well. I want to keep helping in defence and attack and give my best for the team.
“The most important thing for a player is to be confident and that is how I feel here. I had the opportunity in the last few matches, and I wanted to show my best.
“I knew that it was a big chance for me against Manchester City and Leeds and I felt very comfortable playing with Leo Trossard, Neal Maupay and the team.”
That win against Leeds was Albion's first of the year in the league and Mac Allister praised everyone in the side for their impressive performance on the road.
“The whole team were fantastic, and we played a perfect match. We scored and then defended the result very well. We needed the points and showed good character. Personally, I felt very good and comfortable and we got a good result.”