Potter: Welbeck is a leader

Head coach pleased with striker's impact as a player and a person.

By Charlie Hanson • 25 February 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Danny Welbeck has scored three Premier League goals so far this campaign.

Danny Welbeck is a role model for Albion’s younger players according to Graham Potter.

The 31-year-old has lifted the Premier League and FA Cup during a career that has seen him play for Manchester United and Arsenal, as well as make 42 appearances for England.

"From the outside I have always been aware of Danny's quality and have always been aware of how well thought of he is as a person in the game,” Potter said.


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"When you work with someone all the time you appreciate that more. I think Danny is a leader in the dressing room.

"He is someone that the younger players look up to and some of the older players look up to, so he plays that role.”

While the head coach has been pleased with the impact Welbeck has made on the squad, he’s keen to see the striker overcome recent injury problems and thrive on the pitch.

By Paul Hazlewood
The striker's last goal came against Leicester City, nodding in a late equaliser at the King Power Stadium.

“You have got to remember that he has been battling back with a long, disappointing injury. He is getting back to full fitness, contributing to a team in a way that he would like to and we are trying to find that right balance.

"He has helped us get the points we have so far. He has helped us on and off the pitch so he has been really important for us."