Brighton & Hove Albion striker Sam Baldock is enjoying the freedom of playing out on the left-hand side, but still wants to be the main goalscorer at the club.
Baldock is pleased with the way he has adjusted to his new role and feels his overall game has developed under Chris Hughton’s style of play.
He said, “The manager is happy with me doing my work out wide at the minute and I was glad to chip in with an assist the other day. I feel like I can still come off my wing and create chances, but obviously my natural instinct is to get in the box and try to score goals.
“I’m still a way off from my performances in previous seasons because I’m playing in a different role, whereas in seasons gone by, I might not play particularly well but still get a goal.
“That’s not happened this season, so I’ve had to work on other aspects of my game.
“I’m not restricted to staying out wide and I feel I can offer more to the team by being able to drift around and make those striker’s runs, because I’m almost unmarked as the centre-halves don’t expect me to be there.”
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The 25-year-old believes the team will be going into tonight’s game with confidence following an exhilarating 4-3 win over Birmingham, but is wary of the threat Leeds will pose after five wins in their last six games.
“After the excitement of Saturday, we’ve all had to take everything in and come down a bit because the adrenaline was still high after the game. It was quite a frantic and entertaining one, but we’re now fully focussed on tonight.
“I expect to face a team that’s full of confidence and a youthful energy. They are on the back of a few good results and have really turned their season around, so I’m expecting them to come and try to play.
“You can’t take anything for granted in this division; you’ve got to expect teams below you to pick up points and the teams above you to drop them to keep you on your toes.
“It’s a good position for Leeds to be in because they’ve got some youth coming through and they’ve got a manager in charge who’s going to give them the opportunities to play. From what I can tell, they’re going about it the right way to develop those players; it’s a massive club and it won’t be too long until they’re back where they feel they should be.”