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Albrechtsen swayed by Gaard's verdict
MARTIN Albrechtsen has revealed how a few words of advice from Hawthorns cult hero Thomas Gaardsoe convinced him Albion were the right club for him.

The Baggies' new 2.7million record signing from FC Copenhagen quizzed ex-Denmark Under-21 team-mate Gaardsoe about his new employers over the phone before putting pen to paper on a three-year deal.

And Albrechtsen claims Gaardsoe, who capped a memorable first season at Albion by scooping the Player-of-the-Year award, didn't have a bad word to say about the Black Country outfit.

"I spoke to Thomas about West Brom and he only had positive things to say," said the jet-heeled centre-half.

"He said it was a really nice club and I'm really delighted to be here. I'm looking forward to the new season and hopefully playing a lot of matches.

"It's always been an ambition of mine to play in the Premiership and my dream has now come true. It is one of the best leagues in the world.

"Hopefully, I can help West Brom establish themselves in the Premiership."

If If Albrechtsen adapts to life in an Albion shirt as well as Gaardsoe has, Baggies fans could soon be waxing lyrical about a dream Danish double act at the heart of Gary Megson's defence.

And the 24-year-old isn't the only Denmark defender to have moved to the West Midlands this summer.

Albrechtsen, who has won three full caps, also knows Villa's new 3million signing Martin Laursen from the national squad.

"If I play with Thomas at the back, it could be exciting, but that's up to the manager," added the former AB defender.

"We played some matches together at Under-21 level but I think I was in defence and he was in midfield."

Albrechtsen also revealed the fact Baggies boss Megson has been chasing his signature for the past two seasons was a big factor in him signing for Albion.

"Thomas told me the manager is hard, that he expects you to do your best every time you play and if you do that he is pleased," he added.

"And that is not a problem for me.

"It was important I knew the manager wanted me. That was a big thing for me in coming here.

"This is a step up in my career and playing in the Premiership is one of the biggest things you can do as a footballer."

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ALBION have broken their transfer record to capture Danish international Martin Albrechtsen from FC Copenhagen.

The highly-rated centre-half arrives at The Hawthorns in a 2.7million package deal, making him the most expensive signing in the club's history.

Albrechtsen today (Thursday) signed a three-year deal, plus a year's option in the club's favour, after passing a medical to become Albion's second pre-Premiership signing.

Boss Gary Megson has been a long-term admirer of the pacy 24-year-old and made an initial enquiry about him two seasons ago.

"I'm delighted Martin has agreed to sign for us," said Megson.
"We've been chasing him for a couple of seasons now.

"When we enquired about him the first time, the price we were quoted was astronomical but it has now come down to more manageable proportions.

"Martin is comfortable on the ball and reads the game really w ell.
"He's got an old head on young shoulders."

FC Copenhagen are guaranteed 2.5million from the sale, with a further 200,000 due on appearances.


Albrechtsen won the last of his three full international caps 13 months ago against Bosnia & Herzegovina and played alongside Albion's other Danish import, Thomas Gaardsoe, at Under-21 level.

The 6ft 2in defender, who is predominantly left footed, has also appeared in several 'unofficial friendlies' for Denmark, including January's 1-1 draw against the USA, but has missed out on Morten Olsen's Euro 2004 squad.

Albrechtsen helped FC Copenhagen, whom he joined from local rivals AB two-and-a-half years ago, win and retain the Danish Super League title in his final two seasons at the club, including winning the domestic double last term.

Albrechtsen is Albion's second summer recruit behind Riccardo Scimeca, who joined the Black Country outfit for a small, undisclosed fee a fortnight ago.

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If he's as good in real life as he is on CM then he's a very good signing.

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Big money star feels pressure Jan 7 2005




By Staff Reporter, Evening Mail


Martin Albrechtsen has revealed he struggled to shoulder the burden of
his record signing tag when he first joined Albion.

The Danish centre-back joined the Baggies in a deal worth 2.7million
during the summer, becoming the club's biggest-ever signing, until the
arrival of 3million striker Rob Earnshaw in late August.

Albrechtsen has not enjoyed the best of fortunes, having being used
sporadically by Gary Megson and Bryan Robson.

But the ex-FC Copenhagen star, who has played a part in ten
Premiership games, has now finally broken into the side and is hoping to
keep his place for tomorrow's trip to Preston North End.

And the 24-year-old believes that only now is he finally coming to
terms with the pressure of being the club's costliest defender.

"I think it did play on my mind at the beginning," said Albrechtsen,
who has won three caps for the Danes.

"But it's not so much of a problem now.

"I wasn't playing when I first arrived and because of that I was
wondering why but I'm just doing my best in training and hoping the manager
will continue to play me.

"It's an extra burden to have on your shoulders but you have to block
it out."

Albrechtsen is disappointed not to have played a bigger part in
Albion's Premiership campaign, but conceded that the English game had caught
him by surprise.

"I was expecting to play more than I have," he added.

"It's a tough challenge. I've played a few games now and am hoping for
more.

"I have found English football is more physical than I thought it
would be.

"There is also no room for mistakes.

"If you make one then, you will be punished for it."

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MA is widely regarded as the first choice right back. He's very quick, has pretty good control and puts in some great crosses. He uses his speed to attack well and seems very fit as is rarely caught out of position.

I rate him quite highly.

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