There was something impressive about Shane Long’s goal against Chelsea. It wasn’t just his finish, his calmness or his accuracy – all of those were worthy of a Premier League striker.
It was more his power, perseverance and battling efforts to win the ball off a dithering Alex in the first place.
Finally it looks as if Albion have a striker who can not only ease the goalscoring burden on Peter Odemwingie.
But not just that. The Baggies seem to have a striker who can also compliment the Nigerian or, if necessary, act as a lone striker being assisted by a midfielder.
Roy Hodgson has certainly been impressed with what he’s seen.
The Albion boss made it clear in no uncertain terms that the three main players he wanted to bring into the club this summer were Ben Foster, Zoltan Gera and Long.
He has not been surprised with Long’s contribution so far, which also included a goal against Manchester United in the opening game.
As far as Hodgson is concerned, Long was prime for a Premier League move.
And the Albion manager believes his young forward is capable of setting his career target for bigger and better things over in the longer term.
“I think Shane Long was a player who was right for the move up from the Championship to the Premier League,” said Hodgson about the Republic of Ireland man.
“He’s shown his credentials, his maturity at a very young age.
“Reading were very sad to lose him, which I can understand but I think it was the right time for him to move and I’m hoping West Brom can be the platform that will give him the chance to show what he can do.
“And if he can continue to improve and make the same semi-meteoric rise that he has since coming from Ireland to Reading then in two or three years I wouldn’t be surprised if bigger clubs than our’s are knocking on the door.
“In the meantime, we hope to get good use out of him this year and certainly now that Peter Odeminwingie is fit those two will cause problems for defences.
“You won’t be comfortable playing against those two strikers, regardless of who you are.”
Long, not surprisingly, is not too interested in scores. He wants Albion to start picking up points following two barren outings so far – albeit against last season’s title winners and runners-up.
“We’re only two games and as long as the chances keep coming my way it will be nice to just keep scoring goals but the main thing is getting points and so don’t mind who scores,” he added.