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De Zerbi leaves Leandro Trossard out of squad to face Middlesbrough

Roberto De Zerbi leaves Leandro Trossard out of his squad for FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough as the Brighton boss insists that he ‘wants more’ from the 28-year-old ‘because he can play better’

  • Leandro Trossard has been left out of Brighton’s squad to face Middlesbrough
  • 28-year-old was left on the bench as the club defeated Everton last week
  • The Belgium international has been linked for a move away from the Amex
  • Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi has insisted that he ‘wants more’ from Trossard 

Leandro Trossard has been left out of Brighton’s squad to face Middlesbrough in the FA Cup third round.

The Belgian winger has played an integral part in the Seagulls’ Premier League successes since joining the club in 2019, but Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi is unhappy with his workrate.

With speculation mounting linking Trossard with a move away from the Amex, De Zerbi left the 28-year-old on the bench for the first time this season as the club defeated Everton.

Leandro Trossard has been left out of Brighton’s squad as the club travels to Middlesbrough for a FA Cup tie

Seagulls boss Roberto De Zerbi has explained that he ‘wants more’ from the 28-year-old

In an interview with The Athletic, De Zerbi insisted he values Trossard, but that the Belgium international could ‘play better’.

‘I think he’s one of the best players for us and one of the most important players for us. I’d like to always play with Leo in the first eleven, but it doesn’t depend only on me, it depends on Leo.

‘I don’t know, but with me I want players that work for the team on the pitch and Leandro knows very well my opinion, my idea. I’ve spoken a lot of times with him.

Trossard is Brighton’s top scorer in the Premier League this season with seven goals in 16 appearances

‘I like him as a player, but I want more from him, because he can play better, he can work harder, he can run more on the pitch and I want players who give 100 per cent in every training session and every game.

‘Without these characteristics, then they can’t play with me.’

Trossard is Brighton’s top scorer in the league this season, having notched seven goals from 16 appearances including a hattrick in the club’s draw with Liverpool in October.

The former Genk star’s contract on the south coast expires at the end of the season, but Brighton do have the option to extend his deal by another year.




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