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
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
"I have found English football is more physical than I thought it
"There is also no room for mistakes.
"If you make one then, you will be punished for it."