Big Ron ‚Äď no stranger to adding flair to the Baggies ‚Äď reckons the Frenchman will inspire his new team-mates and also help boss Steve Clarke sell the club to other recruits.
‚ÄúSteve Clarke knows him well from his Chelsea days and will have checked all this out to his satisfaction, I‚Äôm sure,‚ÄĚ said Atkinson to the Express & Star.
‚ÄúAnd it‚Äôs a bit of glamour for Albion, isn‚Äôt it? He‚Äôs a big name ‚Äď and Albion fans love someone with a bit of flair.
‚ÄúHe will have a big impact, I would have thought, in the dressing room. The other players will respond to his presence, there‚Äôs no doubt about that.
‚ÄúBut there‚Äôs another benefit, too, in that it might make the job of selling the club to other targets this summer a little easier.
‚ÄúSteve Clarke can say: ‚ÄėWell, Anelka‚Äôs signed ‚Äď we must have something going for us‚Äô and perhaps land one or two who will see that.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a big lift for everyone, but he‚Äôs got to be able to do it when it matters. There‚Äôs no hiding from that."