Mowbray sings Gera's praises

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West Brom boss Tony Mowbray has praised the performances of Zoltan Gera at the beginning of the season.

Gera has been on form for both club and country as he scored from the spot in his second successive international as Hungary beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 on Saturday.

Mowbray believes his improved displays have come after transfer speculation surrounding the player calmed down and he is now able to fulfil his full potential.

Mowbray told the club's website: "I think Zoltan has been excellent since the start of pre-season. He's played a lot of high quality football for us.

"I would suggest he went into international action in confident mood and his country has had some decent results over the last couple of months.

"Things have settled down on the speculation surrounding him.

"There was a lot of stuff on Zoltan moving here and there at the start of the window just gone and the one before that.

Settled down

"I don't think it did him any good and he lost a bit of focus on his football.

"But things have settled down and he's more clear now. He's just focusing on his game and showing me what a good player he is. I think I missed the best of Zoltan Gera in his first season here.

"I don't know how good he was then - but I'm seeing a very good player in front of my eyes now."

Meanwhile, Mowbray was also pleased that Robert Koren, who has yet to feature for Albion this campaign due to an eye injury, featured for 90 minutes as he played for Slovenia in their 3-0 victory over Luxembourg.

Mowbray said: "It's a bonus for us that Robert got 90 minutes under his belt."