Steve Clarke today hinted he will let Markus Rosenberg leave Albion – but not before the want-away Swede has played a part in the Baggies’ season.
The Hawthorns chief said he agreed with Rosenberg after the out-of-favour striker claimed he might need to leave to secure first-team football. But Clarke believes the 31-year-old might still be needed in the run-up to the winter transfer window.
The head coach said: “Markus works well in training every day but he hasn’t had the chances. He has said himself that he’s 31 years old 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.”
Rosenberg told the Swedish media that he was unhappy with his place out of the Baggies’ squad in recent weeks, amid rumours of interest from his home-town club, Malmo.
Clarke said: “I think it was a fair comment. I agree. 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.
“There are a lot of games to go between now and the January transfer window.
“At the moment he’s not getting too many chances and I can understand his frustration.”
Rosenberg is expected to miss out again tomorrow when Crystal Palace visit The Hawthorns in the Premier League, although Clarke was cagey about the Baggies’ injury news. Morgan Amalfitano picked up a knee injury at Liverpool last week while Scott Sinclair has been out since last month with a hamstring strain.
Asked about injuries, Clarke would only say: “There are no big differences to last week.”
Palace are rock bottom of the Premier League after eight defeats in nine games but Clarke said: “It’s not a game that we take lightly. We respect Crystal 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.”