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West Bromwich Albion FC Player Profiles

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UPDATED 07:06 17th July 2012

YOUSSOUF Mulumbu played a prominent role as Albion secured their first-ever top-ten  Barclays Premier League finish last season.

The midfield dynamo made 36 appearances in his second full term in the top flight - scoring one goal. 

Mulumbu is committed to the Baggies until June 2015 after penning a three-year deal in July 2011, with a further year's option in the club's favour.

The DR Congo international proved to be a revelation during the 2010/11 campaign, finishing as Albion's seven-goal second-top scorer and helping the Baggies secure an 11th-place finish.

Mulumbu's energetic displays in the middle of the park also saw him collect the two top awards at the club's 2010/11 End of Season Gala Dinner as he was voted Player of the Season by the players and fans.

Mulumbu further enhanced his reputation as a firm fans' favourite in April 2011 by scoring a last-gasp winner to end Albion's 26-year wait for a victory over derby rivals Villa.

The Baggies wrapped up a permanent £175,000 deal for the Paris Saint-Germain defensive midfielder in the summer of 2009.

He initially joined the Baggies on loan the previous January.

The DR Congo ace scored three memorable goals in wins over Ipswich, Reading and Middlesbrough and was even honoured with his own terrace chant that ends: 'He comes from Africa. He's better than Kaka!'

Mulumbu's first term at The Hawthorns was interrupted by injuries and he had to wait until April to make his Barclays Premier League debut, coming on as a sub in a 2-2 draw at Portsmouth.

But he shone in a 68-minute display on his full Albion debut the following month, albeit in a harsh 1-0 defeat at Tottenham.

Mulumbu, who was capped once by France Under-21s, had made seven senior international appearances for the Democratic Republic of Congo before arriving at The Hawthorns.

He joined PSG in 2004 and signed his first professional contract in November 2006.

Mulumbu helped PSG reach the UEFA Cup's last 16 in 2007 before they were knocked out by Benfica, losing 5-2 on aggregate.

He spent the 2007/08 season on loan at Ligue Two outfit Amiens, notching once in 23 appearances.



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