March: De Zerbi has set me a target of 15 goals

Winger has three Premier League goals after two matches.

By Nick Szczepanik • 20 August 2023

By Paul Hazlewood
Solly March netted a brace against Wolves on Saturday.

Solly March praised his team-mates after the 4-1 win away to Wolves sent Albion to the top of the early Premier League table for the first time. 

His own second-half brace put him on top of the League’s individual scoring chart with three goals from two games but March was keen to give credit to Julio Enciso for his two assists, the first a beautifully weighted outside-of-the foot delivery.

“Perfect,” he said. “I can’t ask for any more. Maybe when Julio first came in, he was thinking about scoring, getting goals himself, but that is one thing he has improved on a lot. He is playing for the team and that is only going to make him a better player and us a better team.”

The Sussex-born winger is looking to get on the end of more crosses as well as act as provider. “I was talking to the coaches before the game about busting a gut to get into the box and it worked perfectly,” he said. “We can do that a lot more. Tap-ins will help me get a lot more goals.

By Paul Hazlewood
Julio Enciso setup both of Solly March's goals against Wolves.

“The manager has set me a target of 15, so there is still a long way to go, but it is a good start.”

March was also impressed by Kaoru Mitoma’s opening solo strike, which followed a slaloming run past four Wolves defenders.   

“I think he stuck some glue on his boot,” he said. “The way he glides with the ball, you don’t see many players like that.  He sort of moves faster with the ball (than without it). You see it in training a lot and we hope you’ll see it a lot more in games. He just kept going and glided past, I don’t know, three or four? 

“To have that composure and add the finish as well, it was an incredible goal. And to have the strength as well. He’s quite slight, like me, but he’s incredibly strong on the ball. He could have gone down and won a foul but he wanted to keep going, he had that desire to score.

“There is more to come, definitely. He’s starting to add more defensive work to his game and wins the ball back a lot more, but I think he can get 15 or 20 goals if he wants to this year.”

Successive 4-1 victories have made Albion the league’s top scorers so far, and Solly hopes that the early-season form can continue. 

“Obviously we’re only two games in but we’ve got winnable games coming up so we’ve just got to keep going and keep working hard. So it’s a great start, but there’s still more work to do.

“I think we were confident that we could have a good start to the season. We’ve got great players and a great manager who sets us up the right way. Obviously things have to go well and you have to take your chances, which we have done. So we have to keep doing what we have done and getting in the right positions and being clinical, which is the key.”


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PL Highlights: Wolves 1 Albion 4

And he agreed that the team's Premier League performances have been helped by the enjoyment of playing under the present coaching team.

“100 percent. At first we were parking the bus most of the time but then Graham [Potter] came and we got better at keeping the ball. Now we are adding to that even more, creating more chances and scoring more goals so it seems to be getting better as time goes on. 

“The gaffer has more ideas and we are trying new things and hopefully you will see more goals and more wins this season.”