Brighton & Hove Albion striker Jurgen Locadia believes the new season provides a clean slate for everyone after returning for pre-season testing, as the Dutchman prepares for a new brand of football under head coach Graham Potter.
The 25-year-old featured 26 times in the Premier League for the Seagulls last season, but is now focused on securing a regular spot in Potter’s side, as the new Albion boss gets to know the playing squad.
He said, “It’s a fresh start for everybody. It’s also a new start for the coach, he doesn’t know every player at the club just yet, so we’ve got a chance to show our qualities and make it hard for the coach.
“From what I’ve heard, he’s a coach that likes to attack. I think we’ve got players that want to attack, so it could be a good opportunity for us, especially the strikers.
“My aims are to get a starting position in the team and play for the whole season. I want to be consistent on the pitch and be important for the team.”
Locadia, who scored important goals against Arsenal and Everton at the Amex Stadium last December, also commented on the break he enjoyed since ending the 2018/19 campaign against Manchester City last month.
“I had a good summer — I went to New York, LA and also back to Holland to spend time with my friends and family.
“I’ve also been making some music and seeing a lot of old friends of mine in the States. I was glad to see them, hang out with them and make new memories.
“It’s very important to have a break, so you can return with fresh energy, think about the previous season and analyse certain things you could have done better.
“You’re used to being in the dressing room with your team-mates every day, so it’s kind of weird to be without your team-mates for the first week.
“I’s nice to have a break and after the second week you get used to it, but now we’re back, it’s a good atmosphere in the dressing room and everyone’s ready to work.”
Finally, the Dutchman reflected on the season just gone, and believes a return to positive home form is the key to climbing the Premier League table during the club’s third season at that level.
“As a team, I think we started good, but from January until March, we didn’t win many games and lost two big games. We started playing better towards the end of the season though.
“It was a strange way to play the season, but if we can be more consistent next season, even drawing games instead of losing them, we can end up higher in the table.
“We had good stats from the home games during my first season at the club, but last season wasn’t as good, so it’s important to be physical at home and get back to winning those games.”