Claudio Yacob today insisted he is happy to be Albion’s unsung hero as the Baggies aim for another record-breaking Premier League season.
The Hawthorns favourite is pleased to let high-profile team-mates take the limelight as the Baggies target another top-half finish.
Argentina international Yacob has become a popular figure with supporters since moving to England last summer on a free transfer from Racing Club in Buenos Aires.
And the midfielder, who has cut an impressive figure in a defensive role, said: “I don’t catch the attention like players such as (Romelu) Lukaku and (Shane) Long.
“I don’t score goals because that’s not my role – but I think my function is very important to help the team achieve their overall goal. Scoring is the aim of the match but it’s not the most important thing.
“I’m over the moon that I’m well thought of and I feel I want to give it back to the supporters as much as I can.
“I’m very happy and I like the song the fans have made up for me.”
Albion’s hopes of reaching Europe faded when the FA Cup semi-final draw meant only a fifth-place finish would take them into the Europa League.
But they remain in course to beat last season’s best ever Premier League finish of 10th and their highest Premier League points total of 47.
“The players’ and the coach’s mentality is not just to relax now,” said Yacob.
“We want to fight for something better.”
And Yacob, who has two full international caps, revealed he is becoming more comfortable in the Albion squad after spending the season learning to speak English.
The 25-year-old said: “The better my English gets the closer I get to the players.
“I can now have short conversations.
“It’s very important I can mingle with the players and feel more comfortable.
“I like talking to the younger players because I realise how important it is for them to talk to me.
“It also gives me the chance to practice my English because they will be very patient.
“I’m very happy with all the players because they look after me.
“They include me as much as they can – everyone is very kind.”Subscribe to our Newsletter