Brighton boss Graham Potter hints Danny Welbeck could make his debut against West Brom after the ex-Arsenal and Man United striker made his mark in first training sessions
- Danny Welbeck joined Brighton on Sunday after relegated Watford released him
- The 29-year-old missed an astonishing 123 games for Arsenal because of injury
- Graham Potter also spoke about the formation of a European Premier League
Brighton boss Graham Potter says Danny Welbeck has made a ‘really good first impression’ ahead of a possible debut against West Bromwich Albion on Monday.
The 29-year-old forward joined the Seagulls last weekend on a one-year deal following his departure from Watford.
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.
Danny Welbeck may make his Brighton debut against West Brom after joining on a free transfer
‘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.’
Welbeck’s career has been ravaged by injuries, with the England international missing an unbelievable total of 123 games for Arsenal before leaving in May 2019, nevertheless chalking up a respectable 38 goals in 154 games for the Gunners.
His time at Vicarage Road went much more smoothly fitness-wise, but he struggled for game time and managed only three strikes for the Hornets last season, although one of them was a spectacular overhead in a 2-1 win over Norwich City in July. However, Watford were ultimately relegated.
Potter was also asked for his thoughts on a possible European Premier League by Liverpool and Manchester United, running in conjunction with the Premier League and Champions League, following the reports which emerged earlier this week on Sky News.
And 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.
Liverpool and Manchester United are supportive of the idea of a European Premier 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.’
Graham Potter believes the formation of a new league would cause disunity at a crucial time
The European Premier League may involve 16 to 18 teams if it goes ahead and plans to kick off as soon as 2022, with games played in midweek around the domestic league campaigns.
Investment bank JP Morgan is putting together a $6billion (£4.6m) financial package to get the competition off the ground
It will be set up in a round-robin format, with a knockout stage to follow to determine the winner.
Because it is backed by FIFA and not UEFA, the European Premier League will not replace the Champions League.
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