April 19, 2021

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Contract talks are planned but will have to wait for the influential Brighton forward

Graham Potter says Brighton will wait until the end of the season to decide Danny Welbeck’s future, but they are keen to keep him.

The former England international Welbeck has a contract that expires in June. He contributed two goals and an assist in his last three matches for Albion. The 30-year-old missed a large portion of the season due to a knee injury, but his overall impact since arriving as a free agent in October has impressed Seagulls coach Potter.

When asked if he was keen on extending Welbeck’s stay at Amex Stadium, Potter replied, “Yes. I think Danny was really good for us.

“ Frustrating losing mid-season but regardless, he was brilliant in the group.

“He respects everyone at the club and if you look at his goals when he was on the field, his comeback has been really positive.

“I think he is a player with whom we will of course sit down at the end of the season and find the right solution for everyone.

“That’s how it is, I think that’s how we always thought about it. But I was really happy with Danny.”

Welbeck opened the scoring in a 2–1 loss last weekend against his former club, Manchester United. This followed his goal in the 3–0 win over Newcastle and a decisive pass in the 2–1 win over Southampton before the international break.

It is expected to start its fourth straight start in the Premier League when Nawras hosts Everton on Monday evening.

Albion It currently sits six points from the drop zone. They could get a double defensive boost to face Carlo Ancelotti Tovees, with Adam Webster and Dan Byrne competing to return from injury.

Webster has not appeared in more than two months with an ankle problem. Meanwhile, Byrne missed the previous two matches due to a hamstring injury.

The duo are back in training and will be evaluated. Potter is keen to eliminate the feeling of being “weak” in the back due to lack of numbers.

He said, “It’s nice to have Dan and Adam back. We’ll see how they respond, there are a few training sessions and Adam has been out for a while, so we just need to see how he interacts with everything.

“In the last two or three matches, we have been working with three decent defenders, so you are a little worried if you get injured then you are a bit light and feel a little weak.

“He adds competition, adds options, adds different ways of dealing with matches and I think that’s what we need for the next eight games.”

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Potter could return to the front by the end of the season

The forgotten man Florin Andoni, who suffered a serious knee injury on loan at Galatasaray last season, also returned to training.

Potter says the Romanian striker could appear before the season ends.

Seagulls’ coach said: “He is set to spend some time on the field with the U-23 team the next day or so and from there we just need to take the right steps to allow him to wake up to the fitness match.

“He was out for nearly nine months, so it’s not easy to go straight to a match in the Premier League.

“But the focus is to get him to progress quickly, to make him time for the match, to keep building himself and who knows?”

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