Steven Alzate has been told he epitomises the Albion spirit – after a big week on two fronts.

The Colombia midfielder turned in what boss Graham Potter thought was his best display yet for the club in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Tuesday.

Both Alzate and in-form Alexis Mac Allister, of Argentina, have earned recalls for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers in South America.

They have taken centre stage in midfield in the absence of Yves Bissouma, Enock Mwepu and Adam Lallana.

Head coach Potter said of Alzate’s display versus Chelsea: “I think he epitomised the group at the moment, which is everyone is waiting to play, everyone is ready to play.

“You could see the quality he brought.

“I thought it was probably his best game he has had for us in a midfield with some top, top players around him.

“I am delighted for him and that is the reality of life in the Premier League sometimes.

“It’s not easy for players because they are not in the team and they are waiting and they have got be professional.

“Steven has done that, he has beaten that and he got his reward.”

Alzate and Mac Allister will meet up at Estadio Mario Kempes in Cordoba when their nations go head to head on February 1.

Before that, Colombia host Peru and Argentina visit Chile.

Potter is likely to update on Lallana’s fitness today as Albion continue preparations for their game at Leicester City on Sunday.