Mowbray hails Fortune impact

20 February 2009 07:29
West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Mowbray has backed loan signing Marc-Antoine Fortune to continue the superb form he has shown since arriving in England. The 27-year-old has scored three times in four appearances for the Baggies since signing from Nancy and Mowbray is delighted with the impact that Fortune has made. He commented: "Fortune is someone who can lead the line, that is what I asked him to do against Newcastle. "I felt in his first couple of games he played as part of a strike partnership, but I wanted him to take on the mantle of leading the line. I thought he did that exceptionally well. "That's how I'd seen him play in France, almost like a target man. He's got the technical ability to help bring in other players. "He should be confident in his own ability to get hold of the ball for the team. I think he showed that against Newcastle. "He did well and took his goals well. He got hold of the ball, brought people in and looked a threat. "Coming from abroad, it's sometimes hard to instil your personality on the team, but as he grows he could become the catalyst for the team."

Source: ESA