Let's face it, Anelka would have been a classic West Ham signing, being over the hill by a good two years by the time he would consider a move to us; and, of course, he is a former Bolton man. But this time, we resisted, no doubt because of absurdly inflated wage demands, and allowed Steve Clarke to sign the man who typifies everything that is loathsome about French footballers.
Well, one game into the season, and Old Nick is rumoured to have retired from the game following the death of the most important person in his life - outside of his own reflection in the mirror of course - his agent.
Now you can understand why multi millionaire Anelka is distressed by the death of the man who engineered his moves and negotiated his mega money contracts; and without him, why would he want to go on exactly?
But then again, if he retires, his income stream will come to a juddering halt. So expect Anelka to see out the season for the Baggies, just don't expect him to break sweat too often. He has the perfect excuse now, a season long dose of depression.