Alan Irvine delighted with Georgios Samaras signing

West Brom The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion Head Coach Alan Irvine has talked up his latest signing.

Former Celtic and Manchester City striker Georgios Samaras has completed a move to West Bromwich Albion, to the delight of his new Head Coach Alan Irvine.

Samaras spent two years in the Premier League at Manchester City scoring 12 goals for the club from 64 appearances.

He then moved to Celtic in 2008 where he had a relatively successful time of things, winning the Scottish Premier League on several occasions as well as representing the side in the Champions League - and scored on 71 occasions for the club.

He was released in the summer, allowing him to move to The Hawthorns on a free transfer.

Irvine told the official club website: “We’ve signed a player with vast experience and I’m delighted to welcome Sami to the club.

“He has played a lot of football at the highest levels – Champions League, European Championships and World Cups - and the feedback we’ve got on him, from people like Neil Lennon, states he thrives on the big occasion.

“He will certainly play in plenty of those in the Premier League.

“Georgios has played in big games for a Celtic team that have often had a lot of the ball and have had to work hard to break the opposition down.

“But he has also shown another side to his game in other matches when they haven’t seen as much of the ball.”

The Greek international certainly provides the Baggies with an extra threat, and strength in depth up front is likely to be a key factor if the side are to consolidate their position in the Premier League this season.

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