Graham Potter believes Yves Bissouma’s recent showings in the centre of the field for Albion are a reward for the Malian’s patience and perseverance.
The 24-year-old has made 25 appearances in all competitions this season and been an influential figure in the side.
He said, "When we came to the club he was actually injured and so he missed pre-season and then the start of the season too.
"We started the season quite well and had Dale Stephens and Davy Propper in midfield with an understanding and so he’s had to be patient.
"It takes a while to get up to speed to play in this league, but he worked hard to build himself back up and he’s benefitted from playing regularly.
"His consistency has improved; his best actions are very high but it’s about us helping him to get better and he’s improving in his understanding of the game.
"I’m delighted for him because he has had to work hard and the exciting thing there is still more to come.”
Potter knows how much Monday night’s game means to the club’s supporters and the difference they can make to such an occasion.
"It’s a shame they’re not here because I really enjoyed the two matches with the crowds last season.
"We’d love to have 30,000 of them in the ground on Monday for all their emotions but we know why the situation is the way it is, and the fans have to come back at a time when it is safe for everyone."