Gareth McAuley impressed by Nicolas Anelka

Nicolas Anelka
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West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley reveals that he is impressed with Nicolas Anelka.

West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley has revealed that he has been impressed with Nicolas Anelka so far.

The 34-year-old Frenchman recently signed a one-year deal with the Baggies after being released by Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

"In fairness, he's a real athlete," quotes McAuley as saying.

"He looks like he's cruising through. In training he's been sharp, his awareness is another level and he still has a turn of pace.

"He's been lively in training and he has that pace. He's only switched it on a couple of times when he needed to but, when he did, he was away."

Anelka's deal gives West Brom the option to extend his terms by a further 12 months.

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