West Brom news

Steve Clarke understands frustration

November 1, 2013
By David Instone

Steve Clarke says he understands why Markus Rosenberg might want to leave the club after finding himself down the pecking order at West Brom.

Steve Clarke has arrested a worrying decline in West Brom's form.
PA PhotosSteve Clarke signed attacking reinforcements in the summer transfer window

The Swedish striker was this week quoted in his home country as saying he saw a move as his best chance of first-team football after the Baggies' deadline-day swoop for Stephane Sessegnon, Victor Anichebe and Morgan Amalfitano.

Even with the on-loan Amalfitano nursing a knee injury in the build-up to the home game against bottom club Crystal Palace, Rosenberg is well down the pecking order at a club for whom he has yet to score a league or cup goal.

But Clarke is covering all bases by insisting the player might have a role to play in the weeks leading up to the winter transfer window.

"At the moment, he's not getting too many chances and I can understand his frustration," the head coach said.

"He works well in training every day but he hasn't had the chances. He has said himself that he's 31 and, for the past 14 or 15 months, or however long he's been here, he hasn't had enough opportunities.

"He's maybe starting to feel it might be time to move on and I agree with that assessment. But I'm experienced and he's experienced and we both know that in the next 12 games, before we get to the transfer window, things can change.

"I don't know how good the translation was because it was done in a Swedish newspaper or magazine but he should come and have a chat."

Amid rumours that Rosenberg's home city club Malmo might be one of the interested parties, the wait for a major role is set to drag on for the player.

Despite Clarke's cagey response to expanding on the knee injury that forced Amalfitano off at Liverpool last week and the continued probable absence of Scott Sinclair with a hamstring strain, Albion still also have Nicolas Anelka, Shane Long and Matej Vydra as recognised strikers in addition to Anichebe and the often deeper lying Sessegnon.

Of the challenge presented by managerless Palace, Clarke added: "It's not a game that we take lightly. We respect Palace a lot. They're a team who are hungry for points and they are a group of players who are determined to show they deserve to be in the Premier League and belong there."

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