Greek international Georgios Samaras finally completed a move back to the Premier League with West Bromwich Albion after a number of years being linked with a move back to England.
All the preliminaries were sorted and Samaras is now a West Brom player after securing a two-year deal on a free transfer from Scottish giants Celtic. Samaras endured a somewhat patchy spell at Celtic Park. On his day he can be a deadly striker, but he can also be a very frustrating player too at times. Samaras spent six years in Scotland after signing from Manchester City in 2008. The 29-year-old scored 53 goals in 171 games for Celtic in his time in Scotland. Samaras has vast experience in the Premier League and the Champions League and is sure to be a good bit of business for Albion on a free transfer.
The Greek joins new signing Brown Ideye in the striking positions at the Hawthorns. Ideye, who was brought in by Alan Irvine in the summer, broke the Baggies’ transfer record in a reported £10m switch. This leaves West Brom with many options now upfront. Irvine is starting to assemble a very capable squad, with the signings of Joleon Lescott and Craig Gardner among others. England U21 international Saido Berahino is another who has impressed, scoring two goals in West Brom’s opening day 2-2 home draw with Sunderland. All these options should steer the Baggies away from trouble this year, but in the Barclays Premier League nothing is certain.
West Brom travel to St Mary’s on Saturday and will be looking to pick up at least a point on the road. Samaras will be hoping to get the nod upfront, and it will be interesting to see how the former Manchester City man will get on in his return to Premier League action.