Albion's players today hailed the impact of their new ‘French connection’ after they inspired the Baggies to a first win of the Premier League season.
Steve Clarke’s side hammered Sunderland 3-0 on Saturday with the club’s growing group of French-speaking stars playing key roles in the victory.
Benin international Stephane Sessegnon opened the scoring against his former club, on-loan wideman Morgan Amalfitano scored and was named man of the match and Youssouf Mulumbu and Nicolas Anelka also caught the eye.
Fellow goalscorer Liam Ridgewell said: “Stephane is a quality player and we all knew that. We saw that at Sunderland and getting him to West Brom is obviously good for us.
“Two seasons ago he was being touted for moves here, there and everywhere, so to get that kind of quality to West Brom is great. It’s a very good coup for the club.
“I’m relieved to have him in our team because he’s a very lively character and every time I’ve played against him he’s been a very good player.
“So I’m glad he’s in our team and not the opposition.
“A lot of people probably didn’t know much about Morgan but he’s a tidy footballer and a very good player out on the right.
“He did well on Saturday and at Fulham last week.
“It’s not easy to come straight in and play in the Premier League.
“A lot of people struggle at it but he did very well and is a very good signing.”
Another summer recruit, winger Scott Sinclair, said: “It’s great that we all played a part. It’ll take time to get to know each other’s games but as time goes on we’ll all know how the others play and create chances.
“Morgan’s a quick winger who gets on the ball and beats his defender, and creates chances as well.
“People might not know him as much as other players but I’m sure he’s going to make a name for himself.
“It was great for ‘Sess’ to come in and score a goal and I thought he played well, too, which was great.
“Hopefully now we can build on these three points and hopefully get more.”