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Moder: Support from back home has been fantastic

Poland international made his Premier League debut on Saturday.

By Charlie Hanson • 02 March 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Jakub Moder came on for his Premier League debut on Saturday.

Although disappointed to be on the losing side, Jakub Moder was delighted with the support he had here and in his native Poland after he made his Premier League debut against West Brom last Saturday.

The Poland international came on for the final ten minutes at The Hawthorns and was close to finding an equaliser for Albion.

Messages of congratulations poured in for the 21-year-old from fans here and abroad on what was a landmark achievement in his career.

By Paul Hazlewood
The 21-year-old said he has received a lot of messages of congratulations.

“When I looked at my phone after the game I had a lot of messages on WhatsApp and Instagram from my friends, family and fans. People in Poland have waited for my Premier League debut, it was nice to have that recognition.

“The Polish mentality is that they want to support their players wherever they are in the world and it's been very nice to have people from my city and across the country support me and Michal [Karbownik]. There are a lot of football fans in Poland.

“I am very proud that I am the 18th player from my country to play in the Premier League and I will give everything to play more games. There are a few Polish players who play regularly and I need to emulate what they have done.”

Moder was pleased to be handed the opportunity to play by head coach Graham Potter, and was slightly aggrieved not to score.

By Paul Hazlewood
Jakub Moder had a shot from range which was blocked, as well as a close range effort which was well defended by West Brom.

“It was a big moment for me as I have been waiting for my debut for a while. I am very happy to have had the chance, but that's mixed in with the disappointment of us losing which was difficult to take.

“If Pascal [Gross] had got a bit more power on the pass to me I might have had an extra moment to get a shot away! It was good to show that I can get into those spaces. It was one of those moments where you get the feeling you're going to score before you hit it.

“We're in a strange and tough situation. We create a lot of good chances, but we have a problem finishing them off. We have beaten top teams like Liverpool and Tottenham and that shows we can score and win games.

“We're a good team and we play good football. Everyone is confident in the strikers that we have and we know that we will score goals in the coming games and climb the table.”

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