Steve Clarke today backed Stephane Sessegnon to excite Albion fans after the record signing was finally cleared to make his debut against former club Sunderland.
And Clarke insisted the Benin international is champing at the bit to make his Baggies bow – irrespective of comments from Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio questioning his desire.
Sessegnon’s work permit was finally approved yesterday as comments by Di Canio emerged from the North East suggesting the 29-year-old had lacked hunger in his final days at the Stadium of Light.
The Scot said: “He is looking forward to the game at the weekend and I don’t think it would matter who he was playing against – he would still be looking forward to playing.
“I haven’t read the comments and I’m not sure what the context was.
“Sometimes when a player leaves a club the manager will choose to make some critical comments but that’s for every individual to decide how they want to deal with it. I have only known Stephane for 10 days and I’ve not had too many chats with him.
“He’s quiet, but when I was young I was quiet as well. That doesn’t make you introverted, it’s just that everybody has their own character.
“Stephane is quick, lively and direct. He likes to take people on and he’s a dribbler and an entertainer and hopefully he will get many chances here to entertain the crowd.”
Sessegnon was denied a debut at Fulham on Saturday because of a work permit glitch but Albion received the final paperwork yesterday afternoon and the £5.5m deadline-day signing is in line to start at the weekend.