Nicolas Anelka: The French journey-man is back in the EPL
One of the greatest ever football ‘journey-man’ is back on the move again. Nicolas Anelka is back in the English Premier League. The Frenchman has already played for the likes of Arsenal, Bolton, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.
The striker returns to the Premier League this time at West Bromwich Albion, on a 12-month contract following an unhappy year in Chinese football and a short spell in Italy, and Albion have the option of awarding him a further year’s deal next summer.
Anelka, 34, left Chelsea for Shanghai Shenhua in January 2012 but joined Juventus during this year’s January transfer window. West Brom head coach Steve Clarke, worked with Anelka briefly at Stamford Bridge in 2008 and is delighted a player of such pedigree is part of his Albion squad.
|Name in native country:||Nicolas Sébastien Anelka|
|Date of birth:||14.03.1979|
|Place of birth:||Le Chesnay|
|Position:||Striker – Centre Forward|
|Market value:||500.000 €|
|Player’s agent:||Claude Anelka|
“We are missing a bit of firepower from last year – we’re trying to put that right – and to kick off with the signing of Nicolas at the start of the summer is a great boost for everyone at the club. The sole focus at the club is trying to build on what we did last season. The more quality players you can bring to the club the better – and no one can question Nicolas’s quality.” he said.
Anelka’s transfer history:
|13/14||04.07.2013||Juventus||West Bromwich Albion||free transfer|
|12/13||30.01.2013||Shanghai Shenhua F.C.||Juventus||free transfer|
|11/12||01.01.2012||FC Chelsea||Shanghai Shenhua F.C.||free transfer|
|07/08||11.01.2008||Bolton Wanderers||FC Chelsea||19.900.000 €|
|06/07||25.08.2006||Fenerbahçe SK||Bolton Wanderers||12.000.000 €|
|04/05||23.01.2005||Manchester City||Fenerbahçe SK||10.700.000 €|
|02/03||01.07.2002||Paris Saint-Germain FC||Manchester City||19.800.000 €|
|01/02||01.01.2002||Paris Saint-Germain FC||FC Liverpool||(loan) 1.400.000 €|
|00/01||01.07.2000||Real Madrid CF||Paris Saint-Germain FC||34.500.000 €|
|99/00||01.07.1999||FC Arsenal||Real Madrid CF||35.000.000 €|
|96/97||22.02.1997||Paris Saint-Germain FC||FC Arsenal||760.000 €|
|95/96||01.07.1995||FC Paris Saint-Germain U19||Paris Saint-Germain FC||-|
Anelka boasts league and FA Cup doubles to his name with Arsenal and Chelsea. He has scored more than 100 league goals in England and won the Golden Boot in 2008-09 while at Chelsea.