Fortune wants more goals
Striker feels he can give Clarke a different option
Last Updated: August 3, 2012 1:18pm
Marc-Antoine Fortune: West Brom striker is hoping to score more goals this season
Marc-Antoine Fortune is determined to score more goals for West Bromwich Albion this season and hopes he can provide new manager Steve Clarke with a different option.
The striker scored just twice in 17 Premier League appearances for the Baggies last term and has netted only seven goals in 47 games for the club in total since his 2010 move from Celtic.
A brief loan spell at Doncaster Rovers last season proved to be the springboard for Fortune to establish himself in the West Brom side and he now wants to add more goals to his game.
"I'm a striker and I want to score goals," the 31-year-old told the club's official website. "I need to improve that stat this season. I will work very hard to make that happen.
"If I can continue to play the way I have been and score goals, then that should be even better for the team.
"While I have been here, I have tried to score goals but I also try to offer something different. Sometimes, the things I do that are different help us to win games.
"I have to keep going and not just relax because of the last six months, which went well for me.
"In my first season here, I learnt very quickly that you have to really show that you want to play. I will continue to do that."
Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie are generally regarded as West Brom's first-choice strikers, but Fortune feels he can complement the players Clarke has at his disposal.
He added: "I'm totally different to the other guys and I hope that's good for the gaffer.
"There are not a lot of players that play the way I do and I have to make the most of that. That's good for me.
"If the gaffer wants me to partner Shane or Peter, then of course that would be great. I like to help other players and get them involved."