Potter: Mwepu ready for Premier League football

Zambia international could make his debut at Burnley on Saturday.

By Charlie Hanson • 13 August 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Enock Mwepu joined Albion this summer after four years with Red Bull Salzburg.

Enock Mwepu has made a positive impact since his arrival at Albion, according to Graham Potter.

The head coach has been impressed by the 23-year-old's humble nature and has no doubts that he's ready to test himself in the Premier League, with Albion kicking off their campaign at Burnley on Saturday.

“He's settled in well. His personality helps - he's a very, very likeable, mature, humble guy. He’s a team player who gets on with everybody and is intelligent. He's made a real impression on everybody.


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“On the pitch he brings different attributes. He's scored already and can add goals from midfield. There are things to improve of course, like everybody, but we're happy with him and I think he'll get better the longer he is with us. There's no doubt he's got the capability to play in the Premier League.”

Despite the absence through injury of Danny Welbeck, Dan Burn and Tariq Lamptey, Potter has plenty of options as he decides on his team at Turf Moor.

“That’s the tough part of my job trying to select the 11, because there are always players who deserve to play or feel they can play and don't get the chance to.

“That's the job in the next 24 hours or so but Enock has put himself in a place where he's available for selection.”

Midfielder Taylor Richards has also caught Potter's eye in pre-season.

By Bennett Dean
Taylor Richards scored 11 goals in 48 appearances for Doncaster last season.

“Taylor had a year with Doncaster Rovers [on loan last season] and [former manager] Darren Moore did a fantastic job with him. He had a great experience there and has grown up as a person, taking steps on and off the pitch. He's come back in pre-season really well.

“He brings something different. He can make things happen on his own, and we’re excited at how he's developing. We’ve still got a lot more work to do but he’s a young player that's at the start of his journey.”