DALE STEPHENS says Graham Potter has made it crystal clear how he wants to play.

The central midfielder is playing under his fourth boss at the Seagulls and has been impressed by head coach Potter’s clarity.

An opening weekend win at Watford was followed by a 1-1 draw at the Amex against West Ham last Saturday when the Seagulls dominated the chances.

Southampton visit tomorrow and Stephens says Albion are still a work-in-progress as Potter moulds the team into his style of football.

Stephens told The Argus: “All we can do is build on what we have worked on in the last eight weeks and just get better week by week.

“We’re still learning and the manager has still got new ideas.

“We want to get better every week and show we want to improve on the last performance.”

Asked if Potter’s ideas had surprised him, Stephens said: “I’ve never really played under a manager with this philosophy and this system.

“I have played under a few managers as well and I reckon this is probably the clearest view of football a manager that I have worked for has had.

“And I am enjoying it. I am sure if you asked the rest of the players they are too as it is an enjoyable style of football.”

Although known for his holding role in midfield, Stephens had a rising drive tipped over against the Hammers and another effort charged down.

He puts his sights on goal down to the change in style under Potter.

Stephens joked: “It’s a rare occurrence isn’t it.

“But it is just the way we have been set up. I find myself pressing higher, getting on top of their defensive midfielders, which is somewhat different to the way we set up last year.

“That has allowed me to get forward a little bit more and just generally press higher up.”

Albion fans expecting a goal glut from Stephens should not hold their breath, though.

Lancastrian Stephens is not one for making bold predictions.

But he admitted: “I want to build on the one I got last year that’s for sure!”