Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Davy Propper believes he can improve on his debut season in the Premier League, and also highlighted his desire to score his first goal for the Seagulls since arriving on the south coast.
The Dutchman has returned from international duty ahead of Monday evening’s game against Southampton at St Mary’s, and the 27-year-old is focused on finding the back of the net for Chris Hughton’s side.
He said, “I never had a season where I didn’t score, so last season was new for me. I like to score because the feeling you get is really great.
“I had some chances, so I was surprised that I didn’t score. My position has been a little bit different to what I’m used to, but I’m confident that I will score this season.
“Personally, I want to do a little bit better than last season. I know all the teams, stadiums and players around me, so all the things are there to be better.
“I’m not the one who’s always in the picture, but I try to help the team as much as I can. Dale [Stephens] is quite similar, he’s not always in the picture, but we’re strong together in the middle.”
The Seagulls drew 2-2 against Fulham before the international break, and Propper reflected on Albion’s start to the campaign, before looking ahead to Monday’s return to Premier League action.
“After being 2-0 down [against Fulham], it was great to come back to 2-2. But when you see the whole game, maybe we deserved a little more.
“It’s been up and down so far. The first game wasn’t at our level, but the next game was really good. Maybe we deserve a few more points, but overall we’re happy.
“Everyone wants to get back into it. Most of the guys didn’t play a game over the international break, so they’ll be very happy that it starts again.
“I’m happy to be back and see all the guys. We want to take the three points but it’s a tough match. If we don’t perform at our best, we won’t get the result we want.”
Albion were beaten 1-0 by Southampton in the Carabao Cup last month, but Propper insists the team are now focused on securing victory in the Premier League, in what he expects to be another difficult game.
“For us, the Premier League is the most important and we’ll do everything to win the game. We need to play our best game.
“They were close games [last season], both teams were really competitive and I’m sure it will be the same this season.
“Everyone is really happy that the Premier League starts again after the international break. Most of the guys are back now, and from Saturday we’ll start our preparation for Monday’s game.”