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2017/18 PLAYER FOCUS: SAM BALDOCK

9 June 2018

Paul Hazlewo
Sam Baldock on his Premier League debut at the Hawthorns.

Similar to team-mate Beram Kayal, Sam Baldock’s introduction to Premier League football was dealt a blow as he missed the opening months of the season through injury, before making his debut in January 2018.

A calf injury kept the striker sidelined for the start of Albion’s first Premier League campaign, with his first involvement in Chris Hughton’s team coming against Huddersfield Town in December.

But Baldock had to wait until Albion’s visit to the Hawthorns at the beginning of 2018, where he came on as a second-half substitute against West Bromwich Albion - who recorded a 2-0 victory over the Seagulls.

Three appearances for Simon Rusk’s under-23s kept the forward ticking over before his Premier League debut, as he scored against Middlesbrough and featured against Blackburn Rovers and Hull City.



With Glenn Murray leading the line for the Seagulls, in a favoured 4-4-1-1 formation, Baldock’s chances were few and far between, as Jurgen Locadia and Leonardo also arrived to add competition in the forward areas.

The Emirates FA Cup provided Baldock with a chance to stake his claim, as he helped the Seagulls to victories over Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Coventry City.

His second and final Premier League appearance came against Leicester City at the Amex - he replaced Kayal in a tactical substitution, as the Seagulls went in search of a late comeback.

Baldock’s season ended with a 90-minute performance for Albion’s under-23s in their 5-1 victory against West Bromwich Albion - a game which saw the forward lead the line and provide an assist.


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