Fortune aims to impress

by Setanta Staff , 03 August 2012 football news

Marc Antoine Fortune is aiming to prove he is worthy of a place in Steve Clarke's starting XI at West Brom in the new campaign.

The striker appeared to have no future at the Hawthorns when former boss Roy Hodgson opted to send him out on loan to then Championship side Doncaster Rovers for the first half of last season.

However, following Fortune's return to the club in the New Year, he forced his way into the side and impressed greatly during the run-in.

But, with Hodgson departing for the England job, he now has to try and show the new man at the helm, Clarke, that his unique style means he should be one of the first forwards down on his team sheet.

Fortune, who has scored just five goals in 42 Premier League outings since returning to Albion from Celtic in summer 2010, told the club's website: "I'm totally different to the other guys and I hope that's good for the gaffer.

"There are not a lot of players that play the way I do and I have to make the most of that. That's good for me.

"If the gaffer wants me to partner Shane Long or Peter Odemwingie then of course that would be great.

"I like to help other players and get them involved. We are in pre-season so everybody is in the gaffers plans.

"It's difficult to know where you stand until we have played a game or two. I found my level again (last season) and I feel I'm playing better than in my first spell at the club.

"You just have to enjoy playing football."

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