Brighton’s Danny Welbeck is enjoying his football, says Potter

According to a popular website, Danny Welbeck’s current market value is £3.6million.

To be fair to they offer a highly informative online resource with an amazing wealth of data on football around the world.

But one suspects Albion wouldn’t sell their former England striker for that much now – unless he really wanted to leave.

Or put it that way. Finding a player with the expertise, skills and, as Graham Potter put it, the “physical capacity” to do what Welbeck is doing would cost well over £3.6million.

He’s in the best form Potter has seen him in what is now the player’s third season at Albion.

And while a modest goal return might mess with the thinking of those who only look at numbers, the way he helps others play is invaluable.

Welbeck joined the Seagulls at the start of the season two years ago and was still feeling the effects of a hamstring injury this time last year.

But after surgery he returned to play in the second half of last season, leading the attack in a revised Potter master plan that saw his side finish the campaign on a high.

He didn’t score in preseason or in the league opener despite a few presentable chances, but he continued to make things happen around him.

So if he’s looking his best in a long time, has Albion or the player himself changed anything about their work week between games?

Potter paused to think, then said to The Argus, “I don’t think so. Apparently he had the surgery which probably fixed the problem that had been there for some time.

“Now he has just completed a training period that has been good for him and his body.

“We’ve always tried to manage that and build him up in a way that’s right for him and not right for all players.

“You have to look at each player individually and say what’s the right thing to do.

“You meet people and do your best and find a way to keep working.

“I think time has helped us with that and now we’re at a place where Danny played almost 90 minutes, the first game of the season at Old Trafford.

“His physical performance has been tremendous compared to what he normally does and that’s a great sign for him.

“As I said, if he’s fit and enjoys football, then he’s a top player.”

United could have used him last Sunday, as their former defender Rio Ferdinand pointed out.

Potter said, “This sound is either positive or negative. You prefer to be positive, but Danny is old enough and wise enough to know not to get too carried away.

“He’s had a lot of ups and downs in his career lately so he’s just enjoying the moment, he’s present with the team, wants to help the lads and enjoys his football and may it stay that way for a long time to come.”

Welbeck might have left in the summer.

Theoretically maybe. In reality, it looks like that will never happen.

Potter said, “I had no doubts, no. It was a no-brainer for me because of what he brings on and off the pitch.

“He’s just as impressive off the pitch as he is on the pitch. When you have that, you realize that this is a valuable asset.”

We are a long way from the moment where player and club alike will have to decide whether their agreement goes into a fourth season.

Welbeck will expect to have a few years left as a player, although everything we’re hearing suggests he could also be coaching material when the time comes.

Potter was asked if the player is now at the point where they are sorting their future year by year.

That was the case with Bruno in his later years.

As is well known, contract talks over coffee were usually based on the motto “One more year, Bruno?”, “Yes, of course, thank you!”.

As if he was being offered a café cortado.

Potter said, “I’m not sure. That’s between him and the club to decide what’s best.

“I’ve always kept it simple with Danny.

“When he’s playing and enjoying his football and he’s fit, then everything else falls into place.

“Then you can see his quality and then you can see what he brings to each team, so it’s really exciting for us to see what level he’s at.

“The task now is to keep him at this level.”

By not doing anything differently. Brighton’s Danny Welbeck is enjoying his football, says Potter

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