Albion ace sees bright future under De Zerbi as he looks forward to first meeting

Leandro Trossard is optimistic for the rest of the season
Leandro Trossard is optimistic for the rest of the season

Leandro Trossard says he can see a bright future for Albion under Roberto De Zerbi.

Trossard is away with Belgium and has yet to meet his new club boss.

De Zerbi succeeds Graham Potter, who moved to Chelsea after they sacked Thomas Tuchel.

Trossard said: “It all happened quite quickly.

“One day we heard Tuchel was fired and that Graham was up there to take his place.

“For us it was a bit of a shock, but we knew that maybe one day he could go because he is a brilliant manager.

“At the beginning it was a bit strange, but now with the new coach we need to move on as a club and as players. I am excited to work with the new coach.”

Asked whether the Seagulls can still have a good season without Potter, Trossard said: “Yes, of course.

“It doesn’t mean if the coach departs that the team will play not as good.

“It is just maybe different things with the new manager, but that is up to him to get us going as well.”

Trossard was a second-half substitute as Belgium beat Wales 2-1 in Brussels on Thursday to keep alive hopes of topping their Nations League group.

They now need to beat The Netherlands in their final game.