Joel Veltman makes ‘frustrating’ Brighton admission as Roberto De Zerbi point made
The 31-year-old right-back has started just one of Brighton’s four Premier League games so far this season but says he understands why he cannot play every fixture
Joel Veltman says he’s happy to accept the increased competition for places in the Brighton squad these days but admitted it could sometimes be frustrating.
The Dutch full-back is competing with summer signing James Milner and Ghana international Tariq Lamptey for a place in Roberto De Zerbi’s starting XI but has so far this season found it difficult to get in the team.
Veltman has started just one of Brighton’s first four Premier League games, playing 90 minutes as Albion beat Newcastle United 3-1 at the Amex Stadium before the September international break.
With Europa League and Carabao Cup matches on the horizon there are plenty of chances for Veltman to get more time on the pitch, with the 31-year-old saying he understood why De Zerbi had to alternate his players depending on the opposition.
“It is more difficult to fight for a starting position,” he told Dutch football magazine Voetbal International.“We have very good full-backs in that position with Lamptey, Milner and myself. So you have to fight for your place every match.
“Of course that frustrates you. I’m feeling good and as a player you just want to play every match. It’s probably not the case that you’re going to play fifty to sixty games.
“You also know that there are still many matches to come. The trainer [manager] has also indicated at the press conferences that it depends on the opponent who he lines up. And you can’t play every match, so I accept that.”