Kanu: "I'm no lone ranger"
By Oliver Bhurrut
KANU arrived at Albion today (Thursday) amidst a media flurry but then
insisted: "It's not about me. It's about West Bromwich Albion".
The 28-year-old former Arsenal ace admitted Gary Megson's plans for him in
the Baggies bid to maintain their top-flight status persuaded him to choose
the Premiership newcomers above other interested clubs.
And despite leaving behind four trophy-laden seasons at Highbury, he is
adamant The Hawthorns could see the best years of his career.
"I have read about West Brom for a long time. I spoke to the manager and he
seemed a nice person," said the former Ajax and Inter Milan star.
"He talked to me about how he wants the club to progress, and I want to
progress with the club.
"It is going to be difficult because it is different to come from a very big
club like Arsenal where you get to win trophies.
"For me I want to prove I can play football.
"At Arsenal I was negotiating for a new contract but I decided to leave
because I didn't want to be walking about watching them play.
"I was playing in November and December but then I went to the African
Nations Cup and when I came back I couldn't get in the team.
"If you have a team that's winning it's difficult to change it. But you
can't complain about that you have to wait for your chance.
The Champions League, UEFA Cup and Premiership winner added: "I had offers
from Spain and France but I wanted to stay in England for another couple of
years before I move on.
"But I said I wanted to play football and this is the place I can play.
"I don't want to keep on sitting on the bench, my talent is just wasted
"I want to show what I can do. If you are not playing week in week out it's
difficult as a footballer.
"I think my best years are still to come.
"It's not only going to be Kanu at West Brom, I am one of the players now.
"I'm going to contribute a lot to the club with my experience and what I can
"It's going to be difficult and we have to work as a team.
"I'm not the only player who is going to make everything happen, but if we
work together I think we can achieve what we want to."
The Nigerian international trained with the Baggies for the first time this
morning and he believes Albion have got what it takes to stay up.
But despite all his trickery and skills, Kanu was the first to urge that
"character" is the key to beating the drop
He said: "With the manager I talked about football and about the club and
how he really wanted the club to stay up and not to go down again.
"For me there are eight clubs at our level and it's going to be a fight. It
will depend on the character of the players and how hard-working they are.
"I think we are good enough, and maybe we will have another two or three new
"Nobody knows what will happen until a few games have been played, but if
you asked me now I would say yes we are going to stay up."