Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By IAN BAKER

STEVE CLARKE in­sist old man Ni­co­las Anelka can still be a youth­ful pres­ence at West Brom this term.

The Bag­gies boss saw his ma­jor sign­ing (right) score twice against Puskas FC Acad­emy.

And Clarke can’t stop beam­ing at the 34-year-old’s im­me­di­ate im­pact.

He said: “I never had a doubt about Ni­co­las be­cause I’d worked with him at Chelsea. I knew the type of per­son he is and the type of player he is.

“Since he clearly looks af­ter him­self, I had no doubts. I have one or two good con­tacts and I checked him out when he was at Ju­ven­tus.

“The fit­ness stats said that he was one of their best train­ers. “We are just happy to have him in our group this sea­son. It’s good for all of our for­wards to get goals.”

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