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Savage on Albion
Kanu can add flair at Baggies
Aug 8 2004
The Robbie Savage Column
It looks to me as if West Bromwich Albion are in very good shape ahead of the new season and I confidently expect them to survive in the Premiership this time around.
Gary Megson and the Baggies board have really pushed the boat out and the arrival of Kanu indicates that this will be a team that combines real flair with the old work ethic.
We haven't seen as much of the striker as we might have liked but there's certainly no disgrace in being kept out of a side that possesses Thierry Henry.
He's a class act and will arrive at The Hawthorns with a real hunger, given his shortage of games at Arsenal.
With my old pal Geoff Horsfield up front the team will have a real cutting edge.
I was sorry to see "Horse" leave St Andrew's but with Kanu alongside him he can look forward to a really exciting season.
That looks a terrific strike partnership and one that can really prove a handful.
On their last appearance in the Premiership the Baggies kicked off with matches against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Leeds which was tough.
It doesn't look as daunting this time and if, as I expect, they get away to a decent start, then I think they will still be around as a Premiership club this time next year.
At the back they have Darren Purse who is a terrific competitor and very much a Megson player.
He really attacks the ball, is a great header and tackler and, with Darren Moore alongside him, is set to have a big impact on their season.
In midfield the team have two great Wales internationals and mates of mine - Jason Koumas and Andy Johnson - who can really keep things ticking over.
Megson's a good man and really looks to have got things sorted out over there and the fans are justifiably excited.
With so many personal mates at The Hawthorns I'm really hoping they can stay up and truly believe they will.
They look to me to be a team similar to the one I played in at Leicester.
There are plenty of grafters and solid players in there but more than a few who have some real flair.
Megson is a very organised manager and I can see them regularly nicking games and really giving the fans something to cheer about.
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