Danny Welbeck: Graham Potter impressed by striker ahead of potential Brighton debut

Brighton boss Graham Potter says Danny Welbeck has made a “really good first impression” at the club ahead of a possible debut against West Brom on Monday.

The 29-year-old forward joined the Seagulls last weekend on a one-year deal following his departure from Watford.

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Asked about Welbeck being involved in Monday’s game at the Amex Stadium, Potter said: “We’ll see. He’s only had a couple of days with us but he’s made a really good first impression.

“He’s a really fit guy, he’s looked after himself really well as a professional. It’s just about integrating him with the team. He’s had a session today and we’ve got a couple more before the game.

“We’ll probably take the decision as close as we can to the game. But he’s looking good, he’s made a really good impression.”

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Welbeck, scorer of 16 goals in 42 England appearances, netted twice in 18 Premier League games for Watford last season, including an effort in their final match on July 26, the 3-2 loss at his old club Arsenal that left the Hornets relegated.

After he was not involved in Watford’s start to the 2020-21 campaign, they announced earlier this month that they had reached an agreement to allow the former Manchester United striker to leave on a free transfer.

Potter added: “We’re delighted with the fact he’s here. I think he brings a lot to the group, on and off the pitch, and our challenge now is just to help him get up to speed, because he has not been training with a team for a while.

“We need to get him up to speed to play in the Premier League and, if we do that, I think we’ve got a really good player with us.”

Potter unsure over Euro Premier League

Potter was also asked at his pre-match press conference about his thoughts on the reports that emerged earlier this week about talks regarding a European Premier League.

He said: “I am not sure to be honest. I don’t know that much about it. I think we’ve got a really strong product at the moment with the Premier League and the Champions League.

“I am speaking as a football fan there. I like the Premier League and Champions League, so I’m not sure why there is a need for anything else.

“I think for the good of football at the moment, everybody is going through a lot of pain in terms of no crowds, incomes have gone, and we need to try to think about solutions as a collective, not necessarily breaking away.”

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