Greening eyes Simpson impact
Jonathan Greening is hoping that Jay Simpson can have the same impact as when Kieran Richardson arrived on loan.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 12/01/09 4:28pm
West Brom captain Jonathan Greening is hoping that new loan signing Jay Simpson can have the same impact as when Kieran Richardson arrived at The Hawthorns.
Richardson, now with Sunderland, arrived on loan from Manchester United in 2005 with the Baggies rock bottom of the table.
The winger inspired West Brom to the 'Great Escape' and now with Tony Mowbray's side propping up the table once more, Greening is hoping Simpson can have the same impact.
The striker signed from Arsenal in January and made a lively debut in the derby day defeat away at Aston Villa on Saturday.
"Kieran came in at the right time and was exceptional for us," Greening said.
"He was probably one of the main reasons we stayed up that year. If Jay can have an effect like that then great.
"He's got a little bit of skill, a lot of pace and hopefully he'll get a goal early doors and will go on and be a good player for us.
"There is a spark and something different about him."
Mowbray takes his side to London Road on Tuesday for the FA Cup third round replay with League One side Peterborough, with the winners facing a home tie against either Burnley or QPR.
After drawing 1-1 at the Hawthorns ten days ago Simpson is looking forward to the game.
"We will go there looking to get a place in the next round at home to a Championship side," he explained.
"Hopefully we can get to the next round. We've got a game on Tuesday and now we have to focus on that.
"Hopefully we can play well and build from there. If we go from there and then pick up some points against Middlesbrough on Saturday we can climb the table."
Simpson is eager to build on his debut for the Baggies and the Arsenal ace admits he was surprised at how fast the tempo of the game was.
"It was a great chance for me to show that I am capable of playing at Premier League level.
"I was disappointed not to get the result but from my point of view it was a good run-out.
"I think I contributed to the side but all in all we deserved to get at least a draw. It's a lot quicker than I am used to but I really enjoyed it.
"It was the first 90 minutes I've had under my belt for quite a while. There was a great derby atmosphere in the stadium and I was pleased to play."