Belfast Telegraph

Fortune considered leaving Baggies

Striker Marc-Antoine Fortune admits he considered quitting West Brom before regaining his place in the side and becoming a key part of the Baggies' recent revival.

Fortune became frustrated at his lack of first-team action after rejoining Albion from Celtic and was even loaned out to Doncaster earlier this season. But he is now the first-choice striker in a 4-5-1 formation, with Peter Odemwingie adapting to a right-wing role and Shane Long having to be content with a place amongst the substitutes.

Fortune, described as Albion's "unsung hero" by head coach Roy Hodgson following Saturday's 4-0 win over Sunderland, said: "When I was not playing it was a hard time for me. In my first spell at West Brom I played every game and felt I did well."

He added: "I came back from Celtic because I like this club but, when you come back and are not the first-choice striker, it is hard. When you don't play you sometimes have these feelings that you want to move on.

"But these feelings stay with you for one or two days and then they go away. Sometimes you feel down but you have to keep your head up and having my family, wife and agent around me helped."

Fortune was recalled against Stoke last month, created a favourable impression and has started every game since.

He said: "Now it's a pleasure to play football again. I'm enjoying the feeling of being on the pitch again. In football you have good and bad moments. I knew that one day I would have my chance again."

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