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Clarke has faith in Anelka

West Brom manager Steve Clarke says he is not concerned by Nicolas Anelka's lack of goals as competition for places in the Albion attack intensifies.

Last Updated: 17/10/13 at 19:16 Post Comment

Nicolas Anelka: Yet to score for Baggies

Nicolas Anelka: Yet to score for Baggies

Anelka, 34, has yet to score for the Baggies since joining the club on a free transfer in the summer.

With Victor Anichebe, Saido Berahino, Stephane Sessegnon, Matej Vydra, Shane Long and Markus Rosenberg are all vying for a selection, Anelka faces a fight for a starting spot.

However, Clarke is certain the Frenchamn will find his touch in front of goal.

"Good strikers will keep getting in good positions and if they keep getting in good positions, the goals will come," said Clarke, speaking ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Stoke.

"That's got to be the mantra for any striker. They have got to keep getting into good positions.

"Victor is back from injury and ready to go and yes, it gives me a problem.

"Victor's back, Saido's playing well, there's Nicolas, Matej Vydra is available, Markus Rosenberg is there, I've got loads of options up front. It's a good problem to have."

Prior to the international break, Clarke's side had gone on a run of four games without defeat, following an indifferent start to the season.

And the manager admitted the interruption was not ideal for his side.

"We were on a good run but the fixture schedule is there and you know when the international breaks are coming in," he added.

"Our job is to make sure we don't lose the momentum over the break. We'll get the full group together and get ourselves ready and prepared for a difficult game at Stoke and hopefully we can pick up that momentum really quickly."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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