Danny Welbeck believes he still has a lot to prove in the Premier League after playing another big role for Albion.

The former England striker was involved in the penalty incident which saw the Seagulls earn a point against champions Liverpool.

Andy Robertson’s foul on Welbeck, spotted after a VAR check, brought the injury-time penalty converted by Pascal Gross in a 1-1 draw.

It was a controversial finale but a deserved reward for Albion.

Welbeck was a key figure at the end of his second successive full 90 minutes for the club.

Albion might have pulled off a masterstroke by landing him as a free agent when their summer search for a striker seemed to be drawing a blank.

Head coach Graham Potter said: “Danny has a lot to prove. It’s no secret he could have taken a different decision than to come to Brighton that would have been slightly easier for him.

“But he wanted to take the challenge of proving himself in the Premier League and taking an opportunity at a club like us. That says a lot about him.

“That’s where he’s at, he doesn’t want to hang up his boots or feel like he’s on the way down.

“He has got a lot to offer still and we see that every day in training.

“Since he has come in, he’s been fantastic.

“It looks like he’s enjoying his football, he wants to play, to score, to help the team. It’s our job to keep that going.”

Albion’s team off the field have worked well with Welbeck.

But Potter said the player himself deserved a lot of credit for staying in great shape while without a club.

The Seagulls boss added: “He is a quality player, you can see that on his CV. He has not played at the level he has played for nothing.

“He is enjoying his football, he wants to work hard for the team, wants to score goals, wants to contribute. It is our job to help him do that.”

Albion will look to keep the same balance in their workload this week as they prepare for a busy December schedule.


Potter said: “He’s done a lot of work from a physical fitness perspective but just not football fitness.

"You’ve just got to balance between training to get that football fitness going for him and, at the same time, keeping him fresh enough to be able to play.


“You can make the mistake of doing too much in the week and that can cause him a problem at the weekend. The most important thing is can he build his fitness in the games and in training do the right balance.

"Instinctively Danny wants to do a bit more but we’ve tried to modify him a bit.”