Danny Welbeck is giving Albion a big boost in both boxes.

That is according to the latest Premier League figures.

The Albion striker is behind only Mo Salah in terms of touches per 90 minutes in the opposition penalty area.

He has also given them a lift in terms of defending set-pieces.

Those findings come from Adrian Clarke at premierleague.com.

It is early days, with Welbeck having made two starts, come off the bench at Tottenham and had just one complete 90 minutes.

But he has averaged 9.84 touches in the opposition’s 18-yard box per 90 minutes.

Salah is the only player with an average in excess of ten – at 10.64 to be precise.

The Liverpool striker is expected to feature at the Amex on Saturday.

Clarke writes: “Welbeck's average of 9.84 is almost double that of the 5.83 recorded by his team-mate Neal Maupay, who is next-highest for Brighton.

“Liverpool will be wary of the striker's qualities, especially as they have experienced problems with runners from deep when playing with a high line earlier this season.”

Albion lengthened their game to good effect at home to Liverpool last season after playing from deep led to them conceding two goals in a calamitous first eight minutes.

They could look to get Welbeck in behind as they did in their last two games. 

At the other end of the park, Welbeck made five clearances from set-pieces in the 2-1 win at Aston Villa.

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At one stage it seemed he might have to leave the field after suffering from cramp.

But he persevered and was still going strong at the end as Albion clung on to their precious 2-1 lead.

Albion have conceded five goals from corners and free-kicks.

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Salah’s header from a corner sealed Liverpool’s 3-1 win at the Amex late last season.

And the Seagulls were beaten by two Virgil Van Dijk headers from dead-ball situations earlier in the campaign.

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