Danny Welbeck is starting to show why Albion took a gamble on him and they are reaping the rewards.

He joined the Seagulls in October after having his contract at Watford terminated by mutual consent.

Throughout his career, he has trouble with injuries, and he did miss the first two months of this year, with a knee problem.

However, the 30-year-old striker notched his fourth goal of the season against one of his former clubs Manchester United on Sunday night in their 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

That goal means he is now enjoying his best goal return in the Premier League since 2017-18 when he scored five goals for Arsenal in 28 appearances.

Welbeck has also now scored in back-to-back games for the first time since 2018 when he was at netted a brace for the Gunners against Southampton in a 3-2 win, followed by a goal in their 2-2 draw away at CSKA Moscow in the Europe League.

After his goal against United, Potter stressed how key he is to Albion.

He said: “You can see Danny’s qualities are there, absolutely.

“He is a really important player both on and off the pitch, he brings an experience, a calmness, and a real integrity as a person.

“Everyone at the club likes him and the way he goes about his work is really impressive and then he can score goals, he can play in different positions across the frontline, links play well, and threatens in behind the backline.

“So, as I said before he is a really important player for us.”

When Albion signed Welbeck it was on an initial one-year-deal meaning his contract is up a couple of months into next season.

But Potter would not be drawn on whether they will extend his stay when he was asked about it in his press conference ahead of their win over Newcastle.

He said: “I think he’s going to be a really important player for the next 10 matches.

“We need to get the points to achieve the goals and the targets that we have got, and Danny knows he will play a huge part in that.

“And then at the end of the season, we will sit down and talk about what the right thing for everyone to do is. But at the moment he is incredibly important for us.”

Welbeck himself is enjoying his time on the South Coast.

He told the club website last week: “It is a great new place to come to and everyone around the club makes it feel like such a family environment.

“Everybody looks after you, the players welcome you with open arms and it is such a great bunch of lads.”