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Ridgewell: Anelka, Long partnership frightening

12 July 2013 14:48

West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell believes Nicolas Anelka and Shane Long could form a "frightening" strike partnership.

Frenchman Anelka signed a one-year deal at the Hawthorns on July 4, after spending the second half of last season at Juventus.

West Brom secured an eighth-place finish in the Premier League in 2012-13, but manager Steve Clarke has moved to improve the club's forward line after on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku's return to Chelsea.

But despite losing a player who scored 17 Premier League goals last season, Ridgewell is confident Anelka and Long can cause problems for opposition defences.

"I'm sure Shane will be looking forward to it," he told the Express & Star.

"Him and Shane together could be frightening.

"I wouldn't want to be defending with those two running at me.

"As a pairing, I'm sure they will be very good for us."

Anelka has enjoyed a glittering career, winning Premier League titles with Arsenal and Chelsea, as well as the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid in 2000.

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