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Gera happy to rotate

Magic Magyar accepts times have changed at The Hawthorns

ZOLTAN Gera says he is right behind Steve Clarke’s rotation policy - even it means he does not make fourth-placed Albion’s starting XI against Sunderland on Saturday (ko 12.45pm).

The Hungary international impressed against Newcastle and Southampton but found himself among the substitutes for the win at Wigan.

He played a prominent part in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea – but knows that does not guarantee him a starting berth at the Stadium of Light.

And he admits the fierce competition for midfield places and the number of quality players available to Clarke is simply a sign of how the club has progressed since his first spell at The Hawthorns more than four years ago.

“I’m happy and I think I’m getting better,” said Gera.

“I’m playing well, so if the head coach sees I can help the team he will pick me.

“It’s no problem at all.

“We have a good squad with lots of good players.

“Of course, as a player, I always want to play but I know we have other players who are as good as the ones in the team, so when I have a chance I want to play well to keep my place in the team.

“But if I’m not playing, I wouldn’t say I’m happy, but I expect it and there is no problem at all.

“After the first game when I scored I didn’t play the next two or three games.

“But I said it is no problem because I trust in the head coach to know what is best for the team.

“You always need to fight for your place; there is no question about that.

“But it shows the club has gone forward and we have very good players.

“We are full of international players in the team and squad.”