Rosenberg joins West Brom's striking options

Markus Rosenberg will be ready to join the traffic jam of players vying for a place in Albion's front-line this weekend.

Rosenberg joins West Brom's striking options

Markus Rosenberg will be ready to join the traffic jam of players vying for a place in Albion's front-line this weekend.

The Baggies head for Spurs hoping to build on Saturday's electric first day which saw Liverpool trounced 3-0 at The Hawthorns.

And head coach Steve Clarke confirmed today that another of his summer acquisitions is expected to be aboard the team coach when it sets off for White Hart Lane.

Rosenberg, the Swedish international striker who signed on a Bosman free transfer earlier this month, missed out on the Liverpool game because he was thought to be behind schedule in terms of match fitness.

"Markus was electric in training, so he's looking good," said Clarke. "He'll be in the travelling party to go to Tottenham."

And if he didn't know before, Rosenberg will know now that he faces a stiff challenge nailing down a starting role with Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie starting the season as first choices but already feeling the heat from any number of options provided by Romelu Lukaku, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Yassine El Ghanassy and more.

"The fact that he didn't even make the squad on Saturday is a reminder to the players of the competition for places and the fact that they all have to perform," added Clarke.

"If he'd been a week earlier, Markus would have made my job even more difficult.

"If they are in the team that will mean they are doing their business and they will be happy. My job is to manage them.

"When it comes to selection, first and foremost we will look at ourselves. It's what we can do that is important.

"There will be certain opposition teams which present certain challenges. But I won't be looking too much at the opposition when I am picking my team."

Clarke also expects his two casualties from Saturday's victory to be fit for the Spurs challenge.

James Morrison, who suffered an ankle injury late on, and Jonas Olsson are both expected back in training over the next couple of days.

Sorry, we are not accepting comments on this article.

Top Stories

More from the Express & Star

UK & International News