Quashie: "Albion are right for me"
NIGEL Quashie has revealed the main reason he chose to join Albion rather
than Middlesbrough, Rangers or former club Portsmouth was Bryan Robson.
The 27-year-old midfielder put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year
Hawthorns deal on Tuesday and is relishing a second successive survival
fight despite being relegated with Southampton last term.
The Scotland international also admitted the lure of playing in the same
country he represents was not enough compared to the challenge of Barclays
Premiership football again.
"Middlesbrough, Glasgow Rangers and Portsmouth were interested in me," said
"David Murray and Alex McLeish were fantastic when I spoke to them at
Rangers but I just felt Premier League football would be better.
"I just felt it was right for me to be under a manager that could add
something to me.
"I spoke to the other managers but the first thing Bryan said to me was that
he wanted me to be better.
"He could have said he just wanted me to come here and play but he said he
wanted me to get better and that's what I'm all about.
"I don't want to be sitting there feeling comfortable, I want to develop and
make things better for me, my team-mates and the supporters."
The former Nottingham Forest and QPR ace even turned down the chance to link
up with former boss Harry Redknapp again at Pompey despite admitting he had
a large influence on his career in their time together at Fratton Park and
"There was a lot of speculation," Quashie added.
"Everyone thought I was going straight back to Portsmouth.
"But I don't think it would have been right for me to go back there.
"The way the Southampton supporters reacted to me was first class after I
came from Portsmouth and I don't think it would have been right to go back
to Portsmouth after the way they responded to me.
"I was sat on the sofa when Harry Redknapp went back to Pompey and just
thought 'he's got balls!'
"But Football is a fickle game, based on opinions.
"My personal opinion is that I think I have made the right choice in coming
Robson is now hoping the Nunhead-born star can bring some leadership to
Albion's midfield engine room.
And the Baggies boss reckons Quashie is at the age where professional
footballers generally hit their peak.
"Nigel has got good football intelligence," Robson insisted.
"He reads the game well, he's a good passer of the ball with good technique
and he works hard.
"At 27 I'm hoping we're going to see him at the peak of his career.
"I just feel he can only improve and we need that little bit more quality in
the midfield area.
"I don't know his character that well.
"I know he was captain at Southampton and a couple of times at Portsmouth
and I'll look at that as time goes on because we've already got a couple of
lads who have the potential to be captain.
"Kevin Campbell and Neil Clement have had the armband this season but Curtis
Davies is a contender to be captain of the club for some time but if Nigel
shows those leadership qualities he could be another one.
"If we stay in the Premiership hopefully Nigel's career will go on an upward