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Yacob happy to do dirty work

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08:00 23rd March 2013

And dogged midfielder thanks fans for their support

CLAUDIO Yacob insists he has been more than happy to do the dirty work to help Albion thrive this term while others grab the headlines.

The summer signing from Argentina has quietly gone about his business with his dogged displays in the Baggies engine room in his first season in England.

But he is glad his efforts have not gone unnoticed by the fans, who have created a chant for the No.5.

“I don’t catch the attention like players such as Lukaku and Long,” said Yacob.

“I don’t score goals because that’s not my role – but I think my function is very important to help the team achieve their overall goal.

“Scoring goals is the aim of the match but it’s not the most important thing.

“I’m over the moon that I’m well thought of and I feel I want to give it back to the supporters as much as I can.

“I’m very happy and I like the song the fans have made up for me.”

The former Racing Club de Avellaneda star has no intention of letting up on the field over the final eight games as Steve Clarke’s eighth-placed side look to finish off the season in style.

“The players and the coach’s mentality is not just to relax now,” he added.

“We want to fight for something better.”

Yacob is also enjoying life off the field and remains dedicated to his English lessons.

“The better my English gets the closer I get to the players,” he said.

“I can now have short conversations.

“It’s very important I can mingle with the players and feel more comfortable.

“I like talking to the younger players because I realise how important it is for them to talk to me.

“It also gives me the chance to practice my English because they will be very patient.

“I’m very happy with all the players because they look after me.

“They include me as much as they can – everyone is very kind.”

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