Welbeck: We have to be smarter

Striker reflected on our narrow defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

By Charlie Hanson • 12 February 2024

By Paul Hazlewood
Danny Welbeck has made 16 Premier League appearances so far this campaign.

Danny Welbeck believes the defeat to Tottenham highlighted the areas where Albion need to improve.

The striker put the 2-1 loss – in which Brennan Johnson netted the winner in the sixth minute of stoppage time – down to Albion losing focus in important moments.

"It’s difficult to take, everyone put a shift in," Danny said. "There were some small details that we didn’t get right and it cost us.

By Paul Hazlewood
The striker was fouled for Albion's penalty at Tottenham.

“In football you’ve got to stay switched on in all moments, making sure we defend right because that can make the difference in the Premier League. Every single second counts.

“There were a couple of moments where if we had played more cohesively as a team we could have maybe had a square pass and a tap in – a couple of wrong decisions at the time. It’s football, it happens and we want to put that right in the next game.”

The 33-year-old has been with Albion for three-and-a-half years and has been pleased with the progress the club have made in that time. But he doesn’t see that as an excuse to let up.


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“It has been good, but there is a lot of room from improvement. Even though we’ve had some wonderful seasons we always want to get better. That’s down to the group, environment and culture.

“Everyone in this squad wants to improve every single day. The manager doesn’t let anyone rest on their laurels. That’s the right mindset to have.”