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Nicolas Anelka | Forward | #39

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (39) / 3/14/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 176

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The Baggies have announced that they have given French forward Anelka his release in the wake of his recent suspension.
West Brom decided that the aging forward just wasn't worth the trouble that he's caused this season. Anelka was unapologetic in the wake of his FA-imposed suspension over the "quenelle" gesture. Between that and his lack of production (and a hefty pay packet we'd imagine) the Baggies decided they'd had enough and imposed conditions of Anelka's return that the forward wasn't willing to meet. You could look at it as Anelka quitting or Albion firing him but either way, he's gone and unlikely to play in England again. Sat, Mar 15, 2014 02:35:00 PM

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Nicolas Anelka has been suspended by the FA for five games for his racially charged gesture during a goal-scoring celebration against West Ham United on December 28th.

West Brom quickly followed up the official FA statement with one of their own, stating that they would begin the suspension immediately, though Anelka's camp can still appeal the decision. It has left an ugly scar on the career of Anelka, who was one of the best strikers in the world during his prime. The Baggies brass will have to decide how to treat the situation after the suspension is served, but it would not be surprising to find out he has played his last match at The Hawthorns.
Source: The
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 10:13:00 AM

The West Brom forward should learn his fate this week as an independent panel is set to convene and determine what consequences, if any, the Frenchman will face.

It isn't clear what Anelka's role will be going forward when he's healthy with Anichebe, Vydra and Berahino all contributing. He has been injured over the last couple weeks so we haven't seen what Pepe Mel would do. With Anelka coming back to health - he is projected to be healthy as of this weekend - the next steps will be up to the FA disciplinary panel who will determine how many matches, if any, Anelka will miss. Stay tuned for a Friday update.
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 02:29:00 PM

Nicolas Anelka has added injury problems to his disciplinary issues and will miss West Brom's Week 25 match at Selhurst Park.

For someone who hasn't produced too much on the pitch, it has been an eventful year for Nicolas Anelka at the Hawthorns. His disciplinary issues have a suspension still looming but he has managed to add a knee injury that will keep him out for some of the time before the FA rules on his suspension. With Stephane Sessegnon still out, Vydra, Anichebe, and Berahino will fight it out for the starting spots.
Fri, Feb 7, 2014 07:29:00 PM

Nicolas Anelka has denied the FA charge and will be allowed to participate for the Baggies until his hearing.

For some reason the FA hearing that will eventually decide Anelka's fate won't be held until the end of February according to reports. It has taken the FA three weeks to bring the charges and will apparently take about five weeks to hear the appeal. It is unclear what action, if any, the Baggies will take in the meantime as they face the potential loss of their shirt sponsor over the incident. Anelka hasn't been particularly productive when he has played but his questionable playing status casts his value to Pepe Mel and fantasy managers in even greater doubt.
Sun, Jan 26, 2014 05:46:00 PM

Nicolas Anelka finally opened his account for West Bromwich Albion, scoring twice in an eventful 3-3 draw with West Ham United.

The veteran got the nod today and scored for his 6th Premier League club. After the Baggies fell behind early, he was set up by Chris Brunt on a nice through ball for the equaliser, then gave West Brom the lead with a tap in off a poorly defended corner by West Ham in the closing moments of the first half. The Hammers stormed back with two unanswered goals but the Baggies managed to escape with a road point when Saido Berahino edged in the final goal of the afternoon off the right post and in, capping off a three goal barrage in a span of six minutes. Anelka will look to keep his place and build off of his performance when West Brom host Newcastle on New Year's Day.
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 09:51:00 AM

Nicolas Anelka has been in and out of the line-up since joining West Brom over the summer with a variety of injuries and personal issues. He will be back again for Week 12.

The last time Anelka returned to health in late October he went right back into the starting line-up. On the back of a strong draw with Chelsea in Week 11 it is a reasonable question as to whether he will be afforded the same respect this time around. Each of the two players he would likely displace - Stephane Sessegnon and Shane Long - scored against Chelsea making Anelka's job getting back in the line-up that much harder. Based on his meager production thus far this season Anelka would have to put together a few strong performances before anyone should get excited about his return.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 03:23:00 PM

West Bromwich Albion XI: Myhill; Jones, McAuley, Olsson (c), Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Amalfitano, Anelka, Sessegnon; AnichebeSubs: Daniels; Long, Brunt, Morrison, Lugano, Vydra, Berahino

One change for West Brom as Anelka returns to the starting lineup and Berahino drops out.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 09:28:00 AM

Nicolas Anelka put in a solid shift for West Brom but the club comes up empty, losing 2-0 to Swansea City.

The Baggies are the last remaining club in the top flight yet to have registered a goal this season, but blame cannot be placed on the veteran striker. After threatening retirement, he returned today looking re-energized, giving the Swans plenty to deal with around the box. If the unit as a whole can find some offensive form, Anelka can be a worthy fantasy play as a 3rd attacker.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 10:44:00 AM

After talk that he might retire in the wake of his agent's death Nicholas Anelka is back in training.

The first match of the season wasn't a great advertisement for Anelka's chances of making an impact this season. That said, he was very good in the pre-season and West Brom need him to be successful as an integral part of their forward mix this season if they hope to avoid a relegation battle. His return to training is only the first step but at least there's still some hope of getting a return on bringing the Frenchman in over the summer.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 09:30:00 AM

Headline signing Nicholas Anelka will be missing for West Brom this weekend after news that his agent has passed away.

The signing of Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan came just in time as Anelka will be out at least this weekend on compassionate leave as he grieves the passing of his agent. It seems likely that Shane Long and Matej Vydra will start with Sinclair likely coming off the bench for the Baggies this weekend. What this means for Anelka long-term is unclear.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 04:22:00 PM

West Brom's new forward couldn't extend his pre-season form into his competitive debut as the Baggies lost to Southampton at the Hawthorns.

Nicholas Anelka's debut was disappointing as he and Shane Long conspired to lead a West Brom attack that had only one late shot on target from Billy Jones to show for the match. When Youssef Mulumbu hacked down the Saints Luke Shaw in the area, Rickie Lambert was the man to win the match for Southampton from the spot. A huge week for the England man while West Brom's French debutante was frustrated.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 02:00:00 PM

Steve Clarke has officially added another attacking option in the form of Udinese forward Matej Vydra.

With Salmon Kalou apparently not coming and Scott Sinclair still not on the books adding the man who scored 20 goals for Watford in the Championship last season appears to be a good move for the Baggies. It remains to be seen if the 21 year-old can rise to the level of his new league but the potential is certainly there. If Sinclair is eventually added and Nicholas Anelka's sizzling summer form continues then West Brom may have a very potent attack this season.
Source: Daily Mail
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 10:26:00 AM

It's been a while since L'enfant Terrible was a dominant player but he's sure acting like it in pre-season with six goals in six matches for West Brom.

All of the usual pre-season caveats about the level of competition apply here but the early returns are very good on the Nicholas Anelka experiment at West Brom. His hat trick in the Baggies' 6-0 win over Cork City has him at a very productive six goals in six so far this summer. He could be a great bargain buy in real life for West Brom and for fantasy managers everywhere if this continues. He'll certainly get every chance to prove he can do it once the season starts.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 04:41:00 PM